Our knowledge of history has huge gaps. We’d heard of Cádiz, Spain but couldn’t bring to mind anything we’d ever learned. When we studied the map of Jerez de la Frontera, where we were staying, we noted Cádiz was only 22 km (14 miles) south, right on the coast. Why not go for a day’s visit? Have a look at our very own homemade postcards from the day:
Our son, Joshua, walked with Joe down one of the many narrow lanes in Cádiz. How old is Cádiz? “Cádiz is thought by some to be the oldest city in Europe, founded in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians who called it Gadir and traded Baltic amber and British tin, as well as Spanish silver.”
Walking through Cádiz is walking through time. Statues, monuments, a Roman amphitheater, several castles….
The Parque Genovés follows the coast with covered pergolas and shade trees interspersed with towering palms providing a shaded walk in the heat of the day.
We kept hearing birds in the trees and spotted the huge nests first, then monk parakeets.
What a grand walkway lined with creatively pruned trees and a few palms for accent.
In exploring Castillo de Santa Catalina, we looked through the slits in the fort’s wall and took photos of the nearby beach at low tide.
Cádiz’s skyline came into view as we walked back to the train station.
We’ll sign off on our postcards, “Wish you were here!, simpletravelourway”