5 Fascinating Facts about Cadiz
Cadiz´s name and reputation have forever been linked with its maritime adventures. It was from this ancient port city, dramatically situated on a spit of land surrounded on three sides by the sea, that two of Columbus´ four voyages set out for the New World. During the Franco era it was known as a hotbed of dissent, with its legendary carnival continuing despite the dictator´s ban on such decadent events. To this day Cadiz remains famously left-of-centre. For the visitor, this often-overlooked city is divided into two parts: the old walled city, a charming, characterful jumble of slightly decaying mansions, parks and beaches; and the newer part, which links the old city with the mainland, which has modern high-rise apartments and hotels.
- Fact 1 - If Cadiz looks strangely familiar, it could be because you´ve seen it in a James Bond movie - as Havana
- Fact 2 - The history of Cadiz as seen through its name
- Fact 3 - For 200 years Cadiz was regularly attacked by a succession of English pirates
- Fact 4 - Cadiz´s carnival is second only to Rio´s in fame
- Fact 5 - One of Spain´s foremost classical composers, as well as, bizarrely, a celebrated Union general of the American Civil War, were born in Cadiz