Very nice new museum where you can find puppets from many countries.
Address: Bóvedas de Puertas de Tierra
Puerta de Tierra is the "entry" of the old part of the city, so, a bit far from the centre but at a walkable distance anyway.
As everyone comes to Cadiz to see the Andaluz way we tend to see only "staged" stuff. Well, not here. Every Monday evening, from 1800 to about 21000-2200, an Andaluz Choir practices here @ Peña Flamenca. Just them, not fancy dresses or anything of the sort, the singers, a couple of guitars, a cajon, some refreshments and a few tapas. Great times I spent here talking to the choir. Right next to the Muralla facing the sea....
About an2 hours (140km) away by car is Gibraltar famous for its Rock and its monkeys. The people there are called Gibraltarians and although they all speak perfectly fine english they also speak a mixture of spanish and english which is called spanglish. Its a very friendly relaxed sort of place.
Night times can be fairly quiet after the huge influx of day trippers that troops across the border each day in search of their duty free alcohol and cigarettes. The money used on Gibraltar is pounds sterling, and dont be amazed to see British Bobbies (policemen/women) patrolling the streets.
Each day at 11pm up Main Street march a band of people dressed as soldiers of centuries ago playing their pipes and drums.
Along Main Street there are plenty of 'british type pubs' to whet your whistle! Only if you want to though its not compulsary :-)))
To read more about my travel to Gibraltar please click here
Castellar de le Frontera is in an area called Parque Natural de las Alcornocales. This area is rich in trees that produce Cork.
This village was built by the Nasrids in the 13th century as a fortress and you can understand why having the prime position it has high on a hill.
Many cultures fought for the castle including a battle between the moors and the christians in 1434.
In the early 1970's many villagers had moved from the old town (on the hill) to a new town 7 km away, with all modern conveniences they had not had on the hill. Apparently the old town then became a sort of 'hippy' town.
I really liked this lovely village with its tiny cobbled streets and beautiful views.
If you manage to visit Jimena de la frontera this place is only about 20 minutes by car away.
As there isnt a page for Castella de la Frontera you can find some information in the 'Off the Beaten Track' section of my Jimena de la frontera page.
All around this area of Andalucia are so many villages with such beautiful buildings and history that you want to visit as many as you can. We visited Jinema de la Frontera on a previous visit when we stayed in Gibraltar. A small village the old ruins of a castle on the hill. The castle was a muslim fortress which has been built on roman/byzantine sites from the 6th-15th centuries.
The outer walls were modified for gun loopholes during the war of independance 1808-1812.
With such a strategic position on top of the hill this castle must have seen many battles over the centuries
The castle is made of local limestone. This round tower is called the tower of homage and is roman. At the entrance to the castle ruins, this horseshoe entrance is Islamic. An inscription near the entrance is dated 151AD
There is an information office on the site at the top but this was closed when we were there.
From Cadiz it is approximately 120 km to Jimena de la Frontera, probably a drive of about almost 2 hours.
You need to take the N443, - Motorway AP4 - A381
Please click here if you wish to see my Jimena de la frontera
No-one can visit Gibraltar without a trip up the Rock to see the monkeys. You are best not feeding them though, they are fed by their keepers, and have plenty of food although they will snatch food out of your hand if they can. They will jump on you whether you want them to or not. Well they all dont, but some do, one jumped on my husbands head and sat there as if he had every right to be sitting there, I at that point made a hasty retreat!
You can either walk up the Rock, though goodness knows why anyone would want to it would be exhausting, or you can take a taxi tour, this is usually shared with other occupants and can work out a bit cheaper and the taxi drivers are good and interesting and tell you about everything. Or you can get the cable car. Can be a bit of a queue in the summer months but later in the year there is no problem. However if the winds are high which sometimes they can be around the Rock then the cable car wont be working.
Gibraltar is also the place where when Lord Nelson was killed in the Battle of Waterloo his ship HMS Victory sailed into Gibraltar and his body brought ashore. There has just been his 200th centenary in Gibraltar.
For a small place Gibraltar has a lot of history and some interesting things to see.
I often mention in my Spanish pages about the custom of patios, the doors of which are often left open to let the passers by look in. In Cadiz it was ornately decorated hallways that caught my eye. There were many of these around the town, in the little sidestreets. I just thought that maybe because Cadiz is built upon a peninsula, maybe there is not so much land to build a house around a patio. Whatever the case, the hallways are an interesting thing to look out for on your wanderings through the streets.
We can began at Sanlucar de Barrameda, at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river until we arrive to the mouth of the river Guadiaro.
We will visit Chipiona, Rota and El Puerto Santa Maria (Puerto Real is mainly a port area not much tourist interest).
Passing by Cadiz our first stop would be San Fernando, then crossing Chiclana we will visit the beaches of Sancti Petri and its island, then Conil de la frontera.
Here we can make a day stop and go inside Cadiz province to visit Medina Sidonia and Arcos de la Frontera.
Back to the coast we should go to all the time beach roads from Conil till Zahara de los Atunes where we will visit El Palmar, Barbate and its natural parks, Zahara de los Atunes.
We can stop at Barbate and go inside to visit Vejer de la frontera.
After we head to Tarifa beaches, Bolonia (and its roman ruins) Punta Paloma, etc....
The most industrial areas are the following Algeciras and La Linea, from here we can go to Gibraltar to get some cheap tobacco ;-)
Finally we should go to Sotogrande port and say we went to see Fergie ;-)
It was first area to be declared a Natural Park in Andalucia and is one of the most ecologically important areas of Spain.
Here you can enjoy the beauty of the nature with the route of the white villages.
also here there are some prehistoric caves with paintings as La Pileta.
Going back here very soon
The 'Coast of the Light' ocupies the provinces of Huelva and Cadiz at the Atlantic Ocean. Here you can find incredible beaches.
Some of the areas in Cadiz are: Barbate, Tarifa, Conil de la Frontera, Chiclana de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Rota, Chipiona, and Sanlucar de Barrameda.
Tarifa is a medieval town that converted into a world-wide famous for windsurf. It has incredible beaches with massive dunes and the ruins of a Roman city at Bolonia Beach
Esta ciudad medieval se ha convertido en un punto mundialmente famoso del windsurfing en el mundo. Tiene unas playas de dunas increíbles y puedes ver las ruinas de una ciudad romana en Bolonia.
A tourist coast resort in between Barbate and Trafalgar, great for surffers and other water sports (well as most of the area) and incredible beaches.
Great for excursions on bike or hiking due to the proximity to the natural parks.
In between Conil and Barbate through the coast Road
This is the place where I spent many hours of my childhood. It is a religious school, quite big, with excellent playgrounds and sport activities.
Not much touristic interest, but I just wanted to show it, you will see it as you enter Cadiz by the main long avenue, about the middle to your left.
Avenida de Andalucia, 82
At the western end of Cadiz along the Avenida Doctor Gomez Ulla is the Parque Genoves, a quiet tree-lined stretch that includes a small cafe, park benches and a small amusement area for children. I thought this was an interesting tree. VT member Sir_Richard (a native of Cadiz), tells me that it's called a Drago tree and that it is especially typical of the Canary Islands, but I think it looks more like a broccoli tree!!! :-)
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