The towers were the first thing travellers saw when arriving sea, and Cádiz became famous all over the world thanks to its watchtowers.
The watchtowers of Cádiz (they were a total of 160, 126 nowadays) show a clear influence of North Africa. Generally watchtowers were used between the 18th and 20th centuries.
In the 18th every merchant decorated his house with a watchtower, thus evidencing their prosperity.
The beauty of Plaza de España is enhanced by a few watchtowers in background.
In the Plaza de España (Spain's square) you can find 2 typical buildings in one corner:
- One is called the House of the 5 watchtowers (left on the pic).
- The other is called the House of the 4 watchtowers (right on the pic, with red designs).
Both are very close to one another and give you a good opportunity to admire these towers, typical from Cadiz, used by the locals to watch for the coming vessels in the 18-19th centuries.
Most of other towers are located in narrow streets, so is difficult to see them from below...