Cadiz

An ancient port city in the Andalucía region of SW Spain, the city lies on a narrow spit of land hemmed in by the sea. Regarded by many as the oldest continuously inhabited city in western Europe it was founded in 1104BC by the Phoenicians.

The principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the 18th century, the 17th century watchtower, The Tavira Tower commands a panoramic view of the city.

The old city consists of narrow winding alleys connecting larger plazas. One of the ‘attractions’ are actually the Pylons of Cadiz which were concluded in 1960 which you can certainly tell by the design. At 158m high (518ft in old money) they stand tall across the Bay, and we have a birds eye view, or should I say ants eye view.

On a more historical note there is the Arco de la Rosa, an arch carved into the medieval wall

And the Cathedral built between 1722 and 1838, sadly they are now charging 6 euros just to go into a House Of God!

Compared to Cartagena, Cadiz has if anything more of a buzz with what appear to be nicer bars and restaurants around the vast Plazas, but what it does lack in my view is the historical feel that Cartagena provides.

But if there is one thing you can say about both cities it’s that they do love a statue.

Clearly the seagull is not part of the original design!

All in all, for a touch of Spain it’s probably worth a weekend visit.

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