Tour days: Tuesday and Thursday. January and February: Thursday
Duration: 10 hours
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The history of Cadiz is one of the longest throughout Europe. This city is currently known as the Silver Cup, recalling its origins from over 3,000 years ago. It is also believed that this was the epicentre of the mythic civilization of Tartessos.[URIS id=20275]
One of the most typical images of Cadiz is to see its entire historic downtown area from the shores of Cadiz Bay. From the entire skyline, the building that draws the most attention is the Santa Cruz Cathedral. It’s a temple that mixes Baroque and Neoclassical styles, since more than one hundred years were spent building it, from 1722 to 1838.
Another of the most celebrated buildings in Cadiz is its famous Manuel de Falla Theatre, a construction built in the 19th century, but which continues to be one of the epicentres of cultural life in Cadiz.
During a visit to Cadiz, you must take time to tour three of its most emblematic and typical neighbourhoods. They are the Viña, Santa Maria and Populo neighbourhoods. The first of these is the fisherman’s district, the second is considered the cradle of flamenco art, and the Populo neighbourhood is the oldest in the city.
Given its age, other historical monuments can be visited in Populo. Three of the city’s medieval gates are conserved there, and there is also the Roman Theatre and the Santa Cruz church, which was the old Cathedral. And in that neighbourhood is the San Juan de Dios Plaza, which has several bars where the best Cadiz delicacy is served: fried fish.
Another interesting neighbourhood is the Mentidero, which in the past was the urban centre. The Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, a Barroque construction that showcases the masterpieces of Andalusian painter Murillo, is located there. Also in this neighbourhood is the place that was headquarters of the historic 1812 Courts of Cadiz, when the first Spanish constitution was drafted, popularly called La Pepa, to be released on San José day. This showcases what a trip to Cadiz has to offer: a very animated and unique city due to its long history and for the vitality felt in its streets.