Puerta Tierra is the gateway into Cadiz's old town, although many call the whole of the new town this name too not just the monument you can see in the photo opposite.
As you can also see by the photo the Puerta is getting ready for Carnival!
Although The Puerta Tierra has been reconstructed many times it still retains it's charm.
Furthermore you can go up into it to see Virtual Cadiz; which is a 3D audiovisual display about Cadiz's military history. You can also climb up (don't worry it isn't much) the Torreon (big turret).
This visit costs 4€ though there are discounts for pensioners, children and groups.
After crossing all the Avenida de Andalucia, we finally cross the remains of the ancient walls that used to surround the Old town of Cadiz
Una vez hemos cruzado la Avenida de Andalucia cruzaremos la antigua muralla que rodeaba la antigua ciudad de Cadiz, actualmente el centro de historico
Lets follow the road till we pass the train station to park.
Cadiz has two principal parts: the central or historic quarter with narrow streets and plazas, completely surrounded by fortified walls which are remainders of the city’s maritime past.
The newer part of the city, which is located outside the walls, is linked to the old city by the gate called las Puertas de Tierra (Earth Gate). The new part is characterised by high buildings clustered around the Central Avenue, which seems to be constantly in a state of rebuilding, mainly because there is no more land to expand outwards.
The old city wall originates from the 16th century and consisted of several layers of walls, although much of the original work has disappeared. By the 20th century it was necessary to remodel the entrance to the old part of the city to accommodate modern traffic. Today, the two side-by-side arches cut into the wall serve as one of the primary entrances to the old city.
We walked from Playa de la Victoria to the Cathedral, which was a big mistake. The trip was at least 2 or 3 miles each way, however, this tunnel was one of the neater things we saw along the way.