Local people, beaches, atmosphere and attractions: see Cádiz to fall in love.
Cadiz is probably best known for its famous carnival celebration with costumes and a march. But in Cadiz you can see and do much more than take part in the carnival. Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was founded in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians. At that time it was known as Ghadir (hence the name « Cadiz ») and was a strategic point for trade on the Atlantic coast.
The Romans also used the city of Cadiz as a naval base, and later the city was captured by Muslims. The city experienced its golden age during the trade with North and South America in the eighteenth century.
Today, Cadiz is a cozy Andalusian city, saturated with history and cultural traditions. Here you can taste national Spanish dishes and see the peaceful and calm way of life of local residents.
Cádiz is a city where famous Tavira towers are located that were built during the days of active trade to control the entry and exit of merchant ships. At this time, Tavira towers became the official observation point due to their height and strategic position. Today you can climb the towers and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
Located on the central square of Mina (Plaza de Mina), the Museum of Cádiz is a great place to learn more about the history of this beautiful Spanish land. Visiting this museum, you will be able to see Phoenician sarcophagi, pitchers and statuettes of deities, Greek amphoras for olive oil, as well as pictures of famous Andalusian artists such as Zurbaran and Murillo.
There is an interesting story related to the Phoenician sarcophagi depicting a man and a woman. Pelayo Quintero, archaeologist and director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Cádiz at the beginning of the 20th century, discovered a male sarcophagus in 1887 and spent the rest of his life looking for his female half. The scientist was sure that he was located very close and conducted excavations for many years in nearby buildings investing considerable funds in his attempts. The irony of fate is that the mystery was revealed only after his death: the woman’s sarcophagus was under the building where the archaeologist lived.
If you intend to spend a few days in Cadiz, this city will please you not only with a rich cultural program, but also its magnificent sandy beaches. Settled on the Atlantic Ocean, the city seems to be emerging from the water.
Victoria beach (playa de la Victoria) and beach of Cortadura (playa de Cortadura) are the most extensive in the city. But the small beach of La Caleta is one of the most atmospheric places in Cadiz. There is a medieval castle of San Sebastian situated in front of it, famous for its unusual forms standing out against the background of the sea. Sunset here is truly wonderful.
Upon arrival in the city, travelers will see how the city is divided into two different parts, the old and the new one, separated by the Puerta Tierra gates, the original entrance to the city, which is still conserved today in the old town.
Most of the attractions of Cadiz are concentrated in the Old Town. It´s a real pleasure just to walk along the streets of the well-preserved neighborhoods with their typical characteristics.
Start your visit from the area around Plaza de San Antonio, one of the most famous in Cadiz due to its important role in the time of the adoption of the first Constitution of Spain. The walk can be continued to the Cathedral along the most picturesque area of Cadiz.
To cool off, there is nothing better than staying at one of the cozy cafes on Plaza de las Flores located very close to the cathedral. At the end of the day, you can walk along the Alameda and watch the sunset at Caleta.
Do not hesitate and get ready to enjoy this amazing Spanish city.
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