Cadiz [FR-ENG]

En raison de sa petite taille par rapport aux autres villes andalouses et espagnoles, je pense qu'une journée suffit pour faire le tour de Cadix et savourer l'atmosphère jeune et animée qui y règne. Évidemment, pour mieux l'apprécier, je vous suggère d'organiser un "slow trip", c'est-à-dire un voyage qui vous permet d'entrer en contact avec la population locale, de connaître ses coutumes et de vivre ce que cette ville a à offrir.

Malheureusement, dans mon cas, mes jours étaient vraiment comptés et j'ai dû me limiter à une seule journée, mais cela m'a donné une bonne idée de Cadix.

Comme dans les autres villes, Cadix m'a accueilli par une belle journée ensoleillée. Cadix entre terre et mer, surplombant l'Atlantique, une ramification occidentale de la Méditerranée à deux pas de l'Afrique.

La plage de La Caleta et le château de San Sebastián

La plage de La Caleta est probablement la plage la plus fréquentée de Cadix, précisément parce qu'elle est située dans le centre. Il surplombe la baie de Cadix et est encadré par deux châteaux qui le gardent constamment, le château de San Sebastián d'un côté et le château de Santa Catalina de l'autre.

Bien que nous soyons à la fin du mois d'octobre, les températures étaient encore très bonnes, et en fait certains des gars en ont profité pour faire un plongeon dans les eaux de l'océan (pourquoi n'ai-je pas apporté mon maillot de bain ?).

On accède au château de Saint-Sébastien par un sentier de quelques centaines de mètres car il est situé au milieu de l'océan, à l'extrémité ouest de la ville.

L'accès à la vieille ville est marqué par une grande porte, et toute la partie historique est entourée d'un épais mur.

Le front de mer et la nouvelle cathédrale

Ce deuxième arrêt est certainement celui que j'ai le plus aimé. En fait, il n'y a pas grand-chose à voir, il faut plutôt marcher. La promenade du front de mer longe toute la baie de Cadix, du sud au nord, jusqu'à la plage de La Caleta.

J'ai toujours envié ceux qui vivent dans une ville au bord de la mer. Passer un après-midi sous le chaud soleil d'octobre à respirer l'air frais et à sentir l'odeur du sel dans le nez est sans aucun doute l'une de mes activités préférées. Jamais.

Cette promenade figure en bonne place parmi les choses à faire pour vivre Cadix au ralenti. Vous pourrez alors peut-être terminer l'après-midi par un arrêt à La Caleta, pour prendre un bain de soleil ou simplement regarder la mer.

En vous promenant sur la promenade, vous aurez également la chance d'admirer au loin la nouvelle cathédrale de Cadix, qui ressemble à une aquarelle, mais qui n'en est pas une. Belle et originale avec son dôme jaune, elle s'intègre parfaitement dans le paysage et domine toute la baie.

Le centre historique

Le petit centre de Cadix est un dédale de rues entrelacées, preuve directe du passé de la ville. Les points d'intérêt sont la tour de Tavira, d'où l'on domine toute la ville, la Plaza de las Flores, pleine de pots de fleurs et d'étals, et la place principale où se trouve la nouvelle cathédrale - sur la place, devant la cathédrale, se trouve une boulangerie qui vend d'excellents empanadas pour 2 €!

J'ai eu une très bonne première impression de Cadix, petite mais vivante, jeune et pétillante. Il gagne mille points rien que pour sa présence sur l'océan et pour l'atmosphère détendue qui l'entoure, et cent autres points pour le passé riche en histoire qui détermine son aspect éclectique.

#ENGLISH VERSION

Due to its small size compared to other Andalusian and Spanish cities, I believe that one day is enough to take a tour of Cadiz and savour the young and lively atmosphere here. Obviously, in order to appreciate it better, I suggest you organise a 'slow trip', that is, a trip that allows you to come into contact with the local population, get to know their customs and experience what this city has to offer.

Unfortunately, in my case my days were really numbered, so I had to limit myself to just one day, but it gave me a good idea of Cadiz.

As in the other cities, Cadiz welcomed me with a beautiful sunny day. Cadiz between land and sea, overlooking the Atlantic, a western offshoot of the Mediterranean a step away from Africa.

La Caleta beach and the castle of San Sebastián

La Caleta beach is probably the most frequented beach in Cadiz, precisely because it is located in the centre. It overlooks the bay of Cadiz and is framed by two castles that constantly guard it, the San Sebastián Castle on one side and the Santa Catalina Castle on the other.

Although it was late October, the temperatures were still very good, and in fact some of the guys took the opportunity to take a swim in the ocean waters (why didn't I bring my swimming costume?).

The castle of San Sebastián is reached by a footpath a few hundred metres long because it is located in the middle of the ocean at the westernmost point of the city.

Access to the old city is marked by a large gate, and the entire historical part is surrounded by a thick wall.

The waterfront and the New Cathedral

This second stop is definitely the one I loved the most. There is actually not much to see, there is more walking. The waterfront promenade runs along the entire bay of Cadiz, from south to north, all the way to La Caleta beach.

I have always envied those who live in a city by the sea. Having the chance to spend an afternoon in the warm October sun breathing in the fresh air and with the smell of salt entering your nose is without a doubt one of my favourite things to do. Ever.

This walk is right up there among the things to do to experience Cadiz in a slow way. Perhaps then you can end the afternoon with a stop at La Caleta, sunbathing or just looking at the sea.

Strolling along the promenade you also have the chance to admire the New Cathedral of Cadiz in the distance, which looks like a watercolour, but it is not. Beautiful and original with its yellow dome, it fits perfectly into the landscape and dominates the entire bay.

The centre

The small centre of Cádiz is a maze of streets that continuously intertwine with each other, direct evidence of the city's past. The focal points are the Tavira Tower, from which you overlook the entire city, Plaza de las Flores, full of flower pots and stalls, and the main square where the New Cathedral is located - right in the square, in front of the Cathedral, there is a bakery that sells excellent empanadas for €2!

I had a really good first impression of Cadiz, small but lively, youthful and bubbly. It earns a thousand points just for being on the Ocean and for the relaxed atmosphere around it, and another hundred points for the history-rich past that determines its eclectic appearance.



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Cadiz? Oh, nice. Actually, visiting the south part of Spain is the best during the autumn. The temperatures are still good, as you say. And making a visit to it during summer would be challenging :D Too warm!!

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I can assure you that that autumn was particularly hot, Cordoba gave me a bit of a hard time in the hottest hours but it was less windy. In Cadiz, the wind always blows but the heat wave, a bit abnormal for the period, had subsided a lot. In general, I would tell you that if you plan to visit the cities in the interior, it is best to go in the autumn or even, as they suggested to me during my trip, at the end of February.

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Imagine then how it is during the summer, to visit Cadiz.😂

I live on the Mediterranean coast of Spain and we sometimes do excursions to other parts of Spain during the late autumn, winter and spring. The combination of winter and Madrid - well that was very cold when we went this January. And Granada was pretty cold in November too.

Summer for me is kind of being inside with the air conditioner during the day or being away from Spain, as I am right now. But I will be back in August, so I have to prepare myself for the hottest month :D

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I live in Toulon and summers are hot here too, but I experience them much better 😁

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Wow, Toulon! Cool 👌
Never entered the city itself, by I am sure it beautiful 😃

Stayed in Salon de Provence a few weeks ago :)) Passing by Cannes and Nice is sometimes challenging hahah, the traffic jams around there are dense
In one or two weeks we will probably drive again by that area :))

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They are wonderful places that I really love but too touristy these days. Given the proximity, I prefer to go there in spring or autumn. In my opinion they make the most of their beauty, together with all the surrounding countryside.

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You are right. Around my town, there are also those that receive too many tourists, so I also prefer the calm period :)

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Wow, what a lovely place to visit. Fantastic good weather for seeing the beach and the city center. Glad you enjoyed your trip. Happy weekend!


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