Gardens - Cadiz

Michelle Chaplow

City of Cadiz

In the ancient walled City of Cadiz, the gardens to visit are the Parque Genoves and the Alameda Apodaca, a large avenue laid out with gardens with sections in the romantic style. In the oldest part of town there are also beautiful patios. In the Faculty of Medicine there is a remarkable specimen of a Dragon Tree (Dracaena draco).

City of Jerez de la Frontera

There are beautiful gardens in Gonzalez Ontoria Park in Jerez de la Frontera, the sherry town, is where the legendary May horse fair is held, note the park kiosk designed by Eiffel.

El Tempul Park has gardens and it also houses a small zoo .

The Museo de Relojes (Clock museum) in Calle Cervantes stands in beautiful gardens where peacocks run free.

SanLucar de Barrameda

In Sanlucar de Barrameda, a fishing port at the mouth of the River Guadalquivir, is the Ducal Palace of Medina Sidonia with remarkable gardens, with an old well and remains of piping as well as acanthus. Also worthy of mention are Orleans Palace Gardens and the old Botanical Gardens established by Godoy where there are many species from the Americas. The houses along the beach of La Jara have good gardens some with large Araucarias.

Algeciras

Algeciras is a commercial port town. The Maria Cristina Park dating from 1830 in Algeciras represents an early recreation of a Hispano-Arabic garden. It was rebuilt at the turn of the century. There is also a the park of Las Acacias which used to be a nineteenth century garden called Villa Smith.

Gibraltar

In Gibraltar in the recently restored gardens of La Alameda, there is a botanical garden dating from 1816. There are so many Dragon trees that have become so acclimatised it is not known if they were planted or have sprouted spontaneously.

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