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Located in the southwest of Spain in Andalucia, Cadiz is a port city and one of the oldest cities in Europe.
Beautiful Cádiz is the perfect place for any peaceful cruise vacation. The Atlantic Sea surrounds the town on three sides, which makes it wonderfully temperate and scenic. The vista from almost anywhere in the area is wonderful. In Feb, Spaniards flock to Cádiz for that famous Circus. However, throughout the relaxation of the season, the town is rather serene and subdued, and many vacationers haven't yet discovered Cádiz. Thus, it's in your own interests to determine this exquisite city before it will get discovered and thronged by the more touristy crowd. It may not be an overtly touristy city, but Caidz will win over tourists with its slow, unaffected charm.
Phoenician traders settled the location in 1100 BC and referred to it as Gadir. It's stated that Cádiz may be the earliest constantly lived on city within the entire Civilized World. Julius Caesar resided and held office here, and Hannibal were living here for some time, too. Throughout the Dark Ages, while controlled through the Moors, Cádiz was forced right into a steady decline. Finally, following the discovery from the Americas, the city's commercial importance was discovered. Columbus sails from Cádiz on his second voyage towards the “New World ". Within the 1700s, the “New World” trade was monopolized by Cádiz, also it progressed into probably the most lucrative port in most of The European Union. A lot of the structures within the city date from this time around period. Constructed from Silver and gold introduced in the “New World ", the cathedral in Cádiz is really a breathtaking structure.
A grouping of narrow roads opens into a number of lovely, small squares, which comprises the forefront of Cádiz. The older servings of the town come with an African appearance for them, and also the cathedral's golden cupola towers above low, off-whitened houses. Outstanding parks are scattered throughout Cádiz, and also the sparkling bay is visible from the middle of this excellent city. Plaza de Mina is the best beginning indicate start your explorations. This square features grand, shady palms and a good amount of warm beaches. Wherever you go, the local people will invite you in having a enjoyable smile along with a kind word, epitomizing the inviting character of Cádiz, the country.
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier in the Port of Cádiz Bay, situated at Plaza de España 17. The town center is within easy reach from the port.
There are several quays at the Port of Cadiz, such as Reina Victoria, Reina Sofia, Alfonso XIII, and Ciudad.   The train station, which is a five-minute walk from the Port of Cadiz, offers transportation to nearby villages as well as to Seville and Jerez.  Car rentals, from the European chain Europcar, can be found right across the street from the train station.  A bus station is also within walking distance of Puerto Comercial.  The bus is the most economical way of getting around Cadiz, and there are plenty of buses and routes to choose from.  If you plan to do most of your sightseeing by bus, it is a good idea to buy the Bonobus Pass, which is valid for ten rides.  A Bonobus Pass can be purchased from hundreds of kiosks throughout the city. There is also a hop on hop off bus that stops right where the ship docks and gives a great tour of the modern part of the city. Cádiz is a superb walking city, yet motorized transportation options exist too. If you want to have a taxi around Cádiz, contact the Association Tele-Taxi Linense to set up for any pickup

Cadiz can be divided into four separate and unique districts, each one with its own character and flair.  These districts are City Centre , La Vina, Santa Maria, and El Populo.  City Centre is a colourful district full of plazas, where the sweet fragrance of orange trees linger in the air and lush gardens surround historic Moorish and Baroque cathedrals.  La Vina, on the other hand, is an urban barrio and the location of many of the city’s bars and nightclubs.  Santa Maria is the oldest district in Cadiz, and contains some of the most impressive examples of architecture in the city.  El Populo, the tourist district, is full of monuments, shops, and cafes.
Things to See & Do
Harbor Area The town of Cádiz is reached from the mainland either by the toll bridge (Puente de Peaje) or on the expressway which begins at San Fernando in the old part of the town. Both roads join a main road leading to the Plaza de la Constitución. From here we enter the town through the Puerta de Tierra (1755) and continue northwest by way of the Plaza Santa Elena and along Calle de las Calesas, passing close to the railway station, to the harbor.
Perhaps the best-known landmark in the city is the Cadiz Cathedral.  This 18th Century church was built with gold from the New World, and is an architectural gem known throughout Spain for its magnificence and splendour. The square outside has many pavement cafes and when we visited had free wi-fi.
Cathedral Nueva
Nearly as famous is the Oratorio de Santa Cruz church.  Located in the city’s Barrio del Populo, the Santa Cruz Church features several paintings and murals by Spain’s most famous artist, Francisco Goya.
A walking tour through Cadiz will reveal a staggering amount of architectural diversity, and the city is brimming with cathedrals, monuments, and castles showcasing styles ranging from Gothic, Baroque, and Moorish.  Many buildings were also constructed in the Mudejar style, illustrating a unique and distinctive marriage of Muslim and Spanish elements.  One example of Muslim influence on the architecture of Cadiz is the theatre known as Gran Teatro Falla, which is constructed in pink brick and features Mudejar- style arches.
Other points of interest include the quaint Plaza de Mina, which is regarded as the most beautiful plaza in Cadiz.  Plaza de Mina is also home to the Fine Arts and Archaeology Museum.  This museum, also known as the Museum of Cadiz, contains many relics and artefacts from the city’s 3,000-year history.  The museum’s art gallery contains works by Rubens, Goya, and other prominent artists.
Visitors may also want to check out Torre Tavira (Tavira Tower), which is one of the 160 watchtowers built in the 18th century.  These towers, many of which are still standing, were built so that merchants could scan the watery horizon for incoming merchant ships.  The top of Torre Tavira offers a panoramic view of the entire city.

Cadiz is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, as evidenced by the narrowness of the cobblestone streets and shaded alleyways and Cadiz does not have much green space or open areas.  Nonetheless, the city is home to quite a few gorgeous gardens.  Most of these gardens are located along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and contain exotic species of trees and flowers, ponds and fountains in addition to their view of the sea.  These gardens are where the locals go to relax and unwind and they are ideal for a romantic afternoon stroll.  The largest is Parque Genoves, which can be found between the Avenida Doctor Gomez Ulla and Paseo de Santa Barbara.

Beaches are a matter of national pride in Spain, and Cadiz boasts some of the best in the country.  Caleta Beach is the most popular.  It is situated between two castles, Santa Catalina and San Sebastian.  Other Cadiz beaches include Victoria Beach and La Cortadura Beach.  The latter is the most secluded beach in Cadiz as well as its longest, stretching 4,000 meters between Torregorda and Cortadura.
The Colegio de Arquitectos is really a beautiful architectural college in the center of the Plaza de Mina. This historic website is ornately decorated along with a pleasure to walk through. The Museo de Cádiz also known as the Provincial Museum is situated plus the college within the Plaza de Mina. The museum's functions by Alonso Cano and Murillo are perfect,  and include out of the box Zurbaran's Four Evangelists.
The Oratorio de San Felipe Neri is really a glorious chapel that located the very first metabolic rate in the country. This revolutionary document was initially drafted in 1812, and also the independent Parliament of Cádiz met here throughout the reign of Frederick Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother. Fortunately, due to the metabolic rate of Cádiz, the people weren't exposed towards the rule from the tyrant Bonaparte. The primary altar shows the Immaculate Conception by Murillo, among the finest Spanish pieces of art.
The Museo Historico Municipal is situated at Santa Ines 9 and it is fairly small but quite enjoyable nevertheless. The establishment from the metabolic rate in 1812 is portrayed in mural form, a piece which was produced within the mid-1800s. Probably the most fascinating operate in the museum may be the mahogany and ivory model representation of Cádiz, that was built in 1779. The astonishing focus on detail is perfect, and also the model looks remarkably like the roads of present day Cádiz.
A lot of the cities round the Bay of Cádiz offer yacht clubs and fabulous marinas. Combined, they host around fifty regattas each year, and each boat imaginable is featured. Probably the most celebrated bay marina in Cádiz is Puerto Sherry that is situated alongside Puerto de Santa Maria.
Dining and Night life
Food is also an important part of life in Cadiz, and there is quite a variety to choose from.  Since the city is surrounded on three sides by water, seafood is abundant.  Lobster, squid and shrimp are served in virtually every restaurant, and the city has many locally famous dishes, such as “caldillo de peros” (fish stewed in orange sauce) and “pescadito fritas”, which is fried fish prepared in the customary Cadiz manner.  There is also ‘Pain de Cadiz’ which is marzipan stuffed with fruits, and turron – a kind of nougat very popular in Spain. Wine, sherry and brandy are also a matter of cultural significance in Cadiz, which is home to some of the world’s largest and most important sherry and brandy producers.  The dark, bold variety of sherry known as Amontillado is a mainstay of the Cadiz dinner table.
El Faro is situated at San Felix 15 and it has frequently been heralded because the best restaurant within the entire province. It's a low-ceilinged whitened house that's superbly decorated with blue flowerpots, glass lamps, oil works of art, images of old Cádiz, and tile walls. The seafood and sea food dishes are extensive and eager enchantingly, out of the box the very palatable venison. Achuri, situated at Plocia 15 began in 1947 while offering a mix of Basque and Andalusian food. The areas will always be delectable, so be sure to request your server concerning the feature during the day. El Ventorrillo del Chato stands alone on the sand-dune isthmus that connects the landmass to Cádiz. This excellent dining facility began in 1780 being a motel, and its title originates from the guy referred to as El Chato. Because of him, you may enjoy a few of the most delicious meat dishes in the region. Your wine list is extensive, and also the setting is wonderful.
The casino Bahia de Cádiz is a superb spot to acquire some indoor action after your tremendous days outside activity. Situated between Jerez and Puerto de Santa Maria, casino Bahia de Cádiz may be the lone casino within this sector of Andalusia. Almost all games imaginable can be found, and there's a disco along with a restaurant inside too.
Shopping is one of the most popular activities for those visiting Cadiz, and the city is full of small shops that offer everything from the most fashionable European clothing to the finest Andalusian wines and sherries.  Cadiz is also known for producing fine pottery, furniture and handicrafts.  Most major credit cards are accepted all throughout the city, but it is important to remember that Spain has a Value-Added Tax (VAT), which is added to most purchases.
The old town has busy, interesting shopping streets
Some of the best shopping in the city can be found near the Plaza San Juan de Dios, where the streets are lined with a variety of markets, cafes, and shops. If you work your way towards the Cathedral, you’ll find the majority of the more interesting shops.  Two major commercial avenues, Calle Ancha and Calle Columela, also are renowned for their shops and restaurants.  The city also has two major modern shopping centres, one on Avenida Andalucian, and another in Bahia Sur (South Bay).

When visiting the many shops and restaurants of Cadiz it is important not to forget about the Spanish custom known as siesta.  Many businesses are closed from 2:30 to around 5:30 in the afternoon for siesta, and during this time life in the city slows to a crawl.  Many chain restaurants, outlet stores and supermarkets remain open through siesta.
Belle Époque, situated at Antonio López 2, is the greatest spot for ceramics, wicker, and Andalusian handcrafts. The gathering of striking products is really a pleasure for vacationers, so be sure to visit this store that is an expert in classy and elegant furniture and add-ons.

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