Visiting and Exploring Cadizby Samantha Ellis 01/01/2017
Visiting and Exploring Cadiz - A Review
Cádiz might not be on the top ten list of the most favourite Spanish destination but if you visit once, it’ll steal your heart. The city of some 125 000 inhabitants has incredibly rich history and unique location. The position on the south-western coast of the Spanish Andalusia province gained the city its prominent place in history during medieval times as a strategic military, naval and trading centre.

As one of the Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, the skyline of old Cádiz has not changed much since the Middle Ages. The houses are three or four floors high and very close together which creates a labyrinth of narrow streets. Charming plazas with beautiful churches and historical buildings are connected with winding pathways that end by the sea. This is the city in which Christopher Columbus started his second and fourth voyage to America and the birthplace of the famous guitar player Paco de Lucia. Cádiz, built on a narrow stretch of land in the Atlantic Ocean, has played an important role in defending the mainland. Watchtowers were a typical architectonical feature here and you can climb the Torre Tavira, the most famous of them all, for the best view of the old city. Beautiful footprints of the previous centuries worth visiting are the ancient Roman Theater, the impressive and huge Cathedral of Cádiz on the waterfront, the Archeological Site Gadir (splendidly displayed remains of the Phoenician settlements) and the Santa Catalina Castle.

We cannot leave without a stroll on the popular Playa de la Caleta that sits between two military fortresses and offers great views of the nearby Cathedral. Beaches more suitable for swimming can be found a bit further out of the old city (try La Playa de la Victoria and La Playa de Santa Maria).

But Cádiz is not only about history and archeological sites. It is a home to two unique power line towers designed by an Italian engineer in the late 1950’s. Their T-shaped, hollow perforated pylons are very unusual and hold the electrical lines connected to the power station across the bay. The contemporary Pylons together with the newly built Constitution Bridge are in striking contrast to the church-tower-and-cupola-filled skyline.
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Visiting and Exploring Cadiz - User ContributionContributed by: Ian Robertson
These pictures were taken in Cadiz on 6th October 2016. We were on a cruise with Thomson Cruises aboard the superb Thomson Spirit ship.

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Photos contributed Visiting and Exploring CadizContributed by: Ian Robertson