Casco Antiguo

Barrio de Vina

Baroque Cathedral

Casco Antiguo Barrio de Vina Baroque Catedral

Cádiz is only 20 minutes away from Cortijo de los flamingos. This port city is almost entirely surrounded by water. It is connected to the mainland only by a thin strip of land. This city beats to the rhythm of the waves along its shores. With its promenades, seaport alleys and a zesty yet easy-going approach to life, it is a city with a distinctively marine flavour. This is a place where music, laughter and chatter constantly fill the sea air. The oldest part of Cádiz, within remnants of the city walls, is called Casco Antiguo, the Historical Quarter. It is particularly beautiful, with an old world charm. The different barrios (Spanish quarters) play a strong part in giving the old town its distinctive personality and flavour. There is the El Populo district, which is originally an old medieval village from where Christopher Columbus was leaving on his second trip in 1493. The El Populo quarter is filled with narrow alleyways and craggy, weather-beaten palaces, a place where you can take a leisurely walk while munching on some fried fish and squid. In 1980 there was a fire in Polpulo district causing catastrophic damage. In the aftermath of the fire, en existing discovery was made – the remains of an ancient Roman theatre. The original theatre was constructed by order of Lucius Cornelius Balbus during the 1st century BC. It is the second largest Roman theatre in the world.

La Viña, a fishing district, and the Santa Maria quarter – which is where you will find flamenco singing at its best. When exploring Casco Antiguo, be sure not to miss the Baroque Cathedral- a majestic structure with an impressive golden dome. It sits on the side of an older cathedral, completed in 1260. After burning down in 1596 the reconstruction started in 1776 – as a result the cathedral was build over a period of 116 years. That is the reason why you can find various styles there. The quaint and pretty plazas are perfect places to sit and relax, while sipping a nice copita de Xerez, famous shery produced in Jerez de la Frontera. The squares have their own distinct style, such as the San Juan de Dios, the España, Mina, Consituction and Mentidero. These streets and plazas are lined by trees, said to be brought back by Columbus. All in all, Cadiz is a perfect place to meander along and discover the treasures it has to offer. Cross the Puerta Tierra, the gateway of the remains of the city hall, and you enter into a more modern atmosphere.

Gaditanos, as the locals are called, are fun-loving. They love to party – and how! The Cadiz Carnival is probably one of the most exciting and colourful events in the region. People in bright costumes flock the streets. Singing, dancing and general revelry can be found everywhere. Cadiz, Spain is a thoroughly enchanting city; even during these modern times, it has still managed to retain its sense of history, character and authenticity.