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The sprawling Spanish city of Cadiz is a vision in white. It is an eclectic and exquisite place in which 4000 years’ worth of stories and sculptures, art and architecture and charisma and culture unravels. The crashing waves form a dramatic perimeter to the city’s rambling beaches and the colour spattered buildings that line the port are reminiscent of Cuba’s captivating capital of Havana. Cadiz offers gastronomes fortifying and fabulous food that has earned international repute; pescaito frito, platters of freshly caught and fried fish, is the city’s signature dish, and usually comes accompanied by some of the region’s finest wines. Cadiz is a city that will send you spiralling and inevitably result in you falling hopelessly in love with its ancient allure.
The Spanish sun shimmers upon the golden dome of Cadiz’s iconic Cathedral, an architectural feast that perches precariously on the edge of the crumbling city walls. The cathedral provides a welcome respite from the hordes of eager tourists that usually populated consecrated cathedrals, so visitors can observe the ecclesiastical treasures and commanding crypts in perfect peace.
For panoramic city vistas and an incredible experience of 18th century architecture, visit the city’s imposing Torre Tavira. The watchtower reigns supreme over the sublime and scattered city, exuding an authoritative air due to its age and austerity.
Paying homage to one of Spain’s most prominent pastimes, the Andalusia Flamenco Centre offers fascinating insight into the unique Andalusian art form. Housed in the beautifully Baroque Permartin Mansion, the museum features remarkable relics and a gallery of historic flamenco figures.
The majestic and magnificent El Faro Restaurant encompasses its opulent interior beside the significant San Sebastian Castle. Internationally renowned for its sumptuous seafood and crisp, wine wines, the restaurant prides itself on freshly caught produce and culinary expertise. Sample signature dishes such as pescaito frito or shrimp omelette to enjoy the ultimate dining experience. (Calle San Felix 15. Cádiz)