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Guide to Cadiz

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Guide to Cadiz – Introduction

guide to cadizWhere to start with a guide to Cadiz? Historical doesn’t even begin to describe the tumultous, successful, remarkable and vital times that this city has lived through. Stretching out into the sea like some great finger pointing outwards the port city of Cadiz is enchanting. Generally regarded as the oldest city in Europe having being founded by the Phonecians over 3000 years ago, Cadiz went on to become Spain’s golden city during the 18th century of prosperity brought mainly from the Americas. Columbus set sail twice from here, the British saw it as a vital strategic point and attacked it numerous times (the bay of Trafalgar is just along the coast) and this is where Spain’s exiled government signed the 1812 Constitution.

Since it’s heyday a few centuries back, Cadiz slowly slid into increasing poverty and more recently, severe unemployment. The atmosphere in Cadiz is loud, outdoor and a boisterous, in some barrios the streets border on ramshackle – Cadiz was used to portray Havana in a recent James Bond movie – but that is part of its attraction. The Gaditanos (locals of cadiz) like the good life, socialising under the sun and always, always fiercely defending their city. Elegant plazas remind the vistor of it’s previous importance and the heady mix of sea air and relentless sun will ensure you’ll want to stay just a little longer.

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Cadiz city is the capital of the province of Cadiz which harbours some spectacular attractions, from the sherry bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera, to the stunning and surprisingly quiet beaches of the Costa de la Luz including the famous Pueblos Blancos of Vejer de la Frontera and Arcos de la Frontera. Walking in the Sierra de Grazalema is a delight, and it seems remarkable to say it, but this feels like relatively untouched Andalucia, particularly compared to it’s busier and rowdier neighbours further along the coast in Malaga.

Guide to Cadiz…Don’t Miss

  1. Visit the strikingly yellow topped Catedral and sup a cafe con leche in the Plaza de la Catederal afterwards.
  2. Explore the varied history of Cadiz at the Museo de Cadiz – charting all the names to have graced and played a part in the city’s history.
  3. Simply stroll all the way around the city, being on a promontory you can loop practically the whole way around, taking in the sea views.
  4. Have a look at the wonderful array of fish on offer at the central market in the Plaza Libertad and from there wander in to the pretty Plaza Topete alongside.
  5. Take a trip out to visit the pueblos blancos and the beaches of Cadiz province, or, if you’re feeling adventurous hike in the Sierra de Grazalema.
  6. Pop to Jerez de la Frontera and take a sherry bodega tour, sampling one or two along the way (or three).


Guide to Cadiz – What to Look for on the Menu

We know how tough it can be in a bar or restaurant when you’re visiting a foreign country. Here’s our guide of what local specialities to look for on the menu in Cadiz.

  1. Tortillitas de Camarones – Thin, cruchy fried patties with little shrimp, served in most bars and delicious!
  2. Morena en Adobo – Deep fried Moray, served very crispy – tough to find but common in one particular area of the city – Barrio de la viña
  3. Pate de Cabracho : Scorpion Fish Pate
  4. Pescaito Frito : Common across Andalucia, very fresh fish fried in olvie oil and flour to perfection
  5. Order a sweet wine from the region – a Fino from Puerto de Santa Maria or a Manzanilla from San Lucar de Barrameda. Or, on a hot day, an ice cold Caña (small beer).

 

Guide to Cadiz – Where to Stay

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