Cádiz was found over three thousand years ago
and it is the oldest inhabited city in Europe. since
then, it has experienced many changes, with eras of
expansion and decline.
Cadiz surprises and appeals to visitor at the first
straight, narrow streets, towering facades with fine
wrought ironwork and gardens of great botanical variety
by the sea, which surounds and encompasses the town
making it almost an island.
Passing through the Tierra Gateway of the restored remains
of the city walls and crossing the long strip of land
which joins Cádiz to the continent, we come dace
to face with this unique town. As we walk around the
tighly crammed town centre, visiting churches and museums,
we come upon squares, such as San Juan de Dios, Mina,
Constitución, España, Mentidero, each
of which has its own style and monuments and monuments,
all so different and so attractive as are the different
quarters of the centre from El Pópulo to la Viña.
Cádiz was for centuries Spain's main port for
ships sailing to and from america. Later, in 1812, it
was the home of Spanish constitutionalism. The neoclassical
Oratory of San Felipe de Neri, where the historical
text was debated, is well worth a visit.
In February the Carnival has its temple, the Gran Teatro
Falla, recently restored and in a curious Neomudéjar
At the beginning of spring, the Easter processions through
the narrow streets are a fascinating sight. And for
the summer there are small coves such as La Caleta,
and long beaches all around the city.