Favorite thing: The first thing you see on the top of Tavira tower is the different kinds of roofs, there are 4 styles, the “garita”, “silla”, mixto or terraza. Originally the towers were constructed over merchants houses in order to be able to see when the ships from America of that merchant arrived to port. Most of them are on private hands and not well conserved is just a pity as there are only 124 left
This Park is just at the end of Cadiz, on the old town, it has an interesting collection of trees and also some birds.
It is the most popular in Cadiz and I used to go often as it was in front of my residence.
Este parque esta al final de Cadiz y tiene una interesante fauna con especies traídas durante los siglos desde otros continentes, así como algunas jaulas para pájaros.
Ha sido y sigue siendo uno de los más famosos de Cádiz, yo iba mucho ya que mi residencia estaba justo enfrente
You will find many like this all over Andalucia.
This one in particular was outside the old cathedral of Cadiz.
Encontraras muchas como esta en toda Andalucia, esta en particular esta afuera de la catedral antigua de Cadiz
Favorite thing: The longest that crosses the old town.
You can see it very well from the Torre Tavira top floor, that is sited on the same street.
La mas larga que cruza el casco antiguo.
Se puede ver muy bien desde la terraza de Torre Tavira, que eta situada en la misma calle
A birds eye view of Cádiz!
Favorite thing: From the air Cádiz city looks really quite strange, doesn't it? It looks like a flat, built up almost an island type thing! It looks nothing like what it does from the ground. The old centre is great because none of the buildings are tall. I love the fact that whenever you get lost you will soon come upon the sea.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: I really didn’t know where to put this information so I put it here! Chameleons are a fairly common site here in the province of Cádiz although they are an endangered species. They are so tame and gentle is amazing. After befriending the little guy in the photo with me I placed him back in his natural habitat (up a tree) which is what you should do if you find one wondering about where they shouldn’t be. Please don’t be tempted to keep it as a pet. They need to breed to keep the species alive in Spain so it’s better if you let it go wild. You can however pick them up if you are gentle with them because they are pacifists and will not hurt you in any way. They don’t seem to get scared either. They are very slow and intelligent.
Sun, sea and sand
Favorite thing: My Favourite thing about Cadiz is the coastline. It's largely unspoilt unlike that of the Costa del Sol. On the Costa de la Luz you can find beaches that are backed by nothing but trees or a small white town. On the whole the beaches are very clean too and are well maintained in the summer.
There are also different beaches for everyone from nudists to those who like water sports, or just lying in the sun.
Fondest memory: I have so many fond memories I cannot distinguish just one. Though playing ball with my dog on the beach really stands out. In Cadiz and El Puerto dogs aren't allowed on the beach in the summer, but on more relaxed hippy beaches like Los Caños dogs are welcome all year round. Though Lady dogs beware. Boy dogs are usually ALL male (if you get what I mean) and aren't usually tied up on the beach (or on the street for that matter).
- Travel with Pets
- Budget Travel
Puertas de Tierra
Favorite thing: Literally 'The Land Gates', are the only entrance to the Center of the town from the modern part. They divide the city in 2 main parts:
- The old part, know simply as Cadiz, where the main touristic highlighta are.
- The modern part, known as PuertaTierra, consisting mainly in a big Avenue (La Avenida) with modern buildings. Here are the main beaches and modern hotels.
- Historical Travel
Correos (Post Office)
Favorite thing: I am not sure why, but I often take photographs of the post offices in Spanish cities, maybe because the constructions are usually quite grand, also well maintained. Anyway here is another, located in the heart of Cadiz near to the Market.
Colegio Mayor Beato Diego
Favorite thing: This was the University Residence where I stayed while on my two year of University over there.
It was well situated just in front of the Parque Genoves.
You have no idea how many memories bring me .... each of the windows of this place has a name and a history ....
And from here comes my nickname Carmela.... but I better not tell you why I got that nick name lol... Each of us we had a nickname over here, la peli, koala .... and many more...
Old Town patios
Favorite thing: Love the old houses, the tiled entrances, the flowered patios....
Me encantan las casa del casco antiguo, con sus ventanas enrejadas, las entradas y sus azulejos y esos patios llenos de flores....
Cadiz, a city with History
Favorite thing: And we are talking about lots of history as it is one of the oldest in Europe if I am not wrong ....
In its 3000 years of history, Cadiz had visitors from all places, fenicios, Romans, Moslem ....
the mythology says that Hercules funded the city calling it Gadir that means "closed recint" and later on with the Romans was called Gades
City tour buses.
Favorite thing: I did not take a tour because I had an excellent guide (Carmela71) and because the city itself is quite small, we managed to walk most of it in a day. If you are visiting and pushed for time, I mention the tour buses just in case.
In the picture just behind the bus you can see two of the giant fig trees, mentioned in the previous tip.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Favorite thing: Cadiz has four giant Fig trees two located at park Alameda Apodaca and two just behind Playa de la Caleta, they are said to be of great antiquity, but of the actual age I´m not sure. It´s worth stopping off to view them, their scale really is impressive.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Parks and Gardens
Favorite thing: For a small city Cadiz has quite a few parks and gardens. One we visited was Parque Genovés. After a few hours of walking the city it was a great spot to sit and take a coffee and the small outdoor cafe in the gardens. It was a popular spot. The park has some interesting sculpted trees, conifers trimmed into spirals as well as many rare examples of trees from around the globe, many labelled with names and origin. There was an area dedicated to Cactii, and a pond with ducks.
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