Day 87: October 17th
We only decided to visit Cadiz on our way to Seville…yes, that’s how we roll!:) I had read that Cadiz is the oldest inhabited city in all of Western Europe. It was settled by the Phoenicians more than 3000 years ago which is really remarkable. That would almost make it one of the oldest cities in all of Europe!! It is also the port from where Columbus sailed on his second and fourth voyages to ‘the new world’. There are apparently lots of trees here in Cadiz that aren’t found anywhere else in Spain because they were brought by Columbus when he returned from his voyages (don’t know how accurate this is!)
It is only just over two hours by train from Seville and is connected to the mainland by just a thin strip of land. For the first time in months we were dressed in summer clothes and it felt good not to have to be bundled up. The temperature was a promising 28 degrees Celsius already.
As soon as we got there, the first thing I noticed were all the palm trees. Haven’t seen that for a while! We walked around the old town which is really small and found the cathedral quite easily. We climbed to the top of the bell tower and the views from there were amazing. We saw two huge cruise liners that were probably visiting for the day. We also visited a site which has archeological ruins of the original Phoenician city dating back to more than 2000 years ago.
Lunch was a relaxed affair… We took our time at a cafe in the main square just people watching and enjoying eating outdoors under big umbrellas.
After lunch, we walked over to the other side of town to the beach. Neither of us had thought to bring a change of clothes or a bathing suit…we wish we had! Even though the waters of the Atlantic Ocean were cold, it was probably going to be a while before we could relax at a beach again….given that we don’t live in Singapore anymore. We did the next best thing….found a great cafe right by the water and relaxed for a few hours. It was a beautiful day and I’m so glad we made it to Cadiz.
Back in Seville three hours later, dinner was at a small local restaurant with more amazing tapas.
Tomorrow we explore Seville. Can’t wait!