This morning we got up and caught the ferry to Cadiz. At one point we
had planned to sail to Cadiz,
but we had heard the marina was about 1km out of town in an industrial area. This
was confirmed on our ferry journey so we were glad we decided to visit from Rota rather than sail there.
Cadiz is a very
old city dating back to 1100BC founded by the Phoenicians. It was then
inhabited by the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors.
Once we disembarked from the Ferry, first stop was tourist
information to get a map. Armed with a map of the city we headed off. We went
past the town hall, where a small but noisy demonstration was taking place (we
have no idea what it was about), then on to the Cathedral. The Cathedral was
very impressive architecturally but a bit disappointing on the inside.
We then walked along the sea front to the Roman theatre,
through the city walls back into the old town. Cadiz has a long history and is a maze of
streets. After a break for lunch we headed off again through the streets
marveling at the history and architecture. We went into the building that was
the Bishops palace, but has now been excavated to discover Roman and pre Roman
buildings. The floors were made of clear Perspex so you could look down at the
excavations. As it was on many levels there were quite a few steps which were
also clear Perspex, which was a bit disorientating at times. As it was now
13.30 most shops and historic buildings were closing for siesta, so we decided
to head back to Rota rather than wander
aimlessly for the next 3+ hours when things would start opening again.
We had a leisurely afternoon (we’re getting quite used
to this siesta idea).
Early evening was a walk to the local large(ish) supermarket
– it took about 40 minutes each way; This good life with no cars is
keeping us fit.
Cadiz town hall
– yet another demonstration was happening outside
Inside Hospital de Mujeres, a Baroque jewel – lots of
ornate staircases all doubling back on themselves
Inside Hospital de Mujeres, a hallway overlooking the
A typical Cadiz
street – these are actually shops