Bounded by the sea on a narrow wedge of land is the province of Cadiz, said to be Europe’s oldest inhabited city. A typical Andalusian city with a wealth of well-preserved historic landmark in its charming old quarter.
It may not have architectures that shout “look at me!” like Barcelona’s Casa Batllo, Bilbao’s Guggenheim, or Granada’s Alhambra, but the Moorish looking old city offers a taste of the great days of the 17th century.
Walk around its cobblestone narrow, winding alleys and open squares and you will feel like nothing much has changed.
This and the easy-going, everyday vibe of Cadiz makes for a pleasant walk around the ancient city, the rain notwithstanding.
Friendly locals would always strike up a conversation, if you speak Spanish that is; otherwise a welcoming smile is always at the ready.
Founded as the Phoenician port of Gades a millennium before Christ, Cadiz has an old and interesting history.
A worthy place to learn more about it is at the Museo de Cadiz, on Plaza de Mina.
It offers a journey that goes from Phoenician and Roman culture through to the 20th century Spanish paintings.
Just across Cadiz is El Puerto de Santa Maria, our home for a few days. A lively harbor town and beach resort during the summer.
It was quiet, however, when we there in April. We’d walk around and end up at La Playa de Valdelagrana, the beach closest to where we stayed.
It is one of the Costa de la Luz beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean.
The various cafes, restaurants and pubs dotting the promenade are a telltale sign that this playa can be very busy during summers.
Never on my radar, if truth were told, but thanks to Anton for wanting to visit his roots, I am happy to have made it to Cadiz. We had the grandest of time chilling as activities get halted every afternoon for siesta. Nothing beats excellent home cooked meals coupled with fantastic stories shared till the wee hours of the morning.
Useful Info:Museum of Cadiz (Museo de Cadiz) Plaza de Mina s/n 11004 Cadiz, Andalusia +34 8 56105023 +34 8 56105034