Cádiz: The little silver cup
In Southern Spain nearly embracing Africa there is an unforgettable place full of warm colours and exciting and vivid experiences.
This place is Cádiz, the «little silver cup» («la tacita de plata») as they call it and the author of this article, Spanish of origin, promise you that you will not be deceived if you decide to take the luggage and depart to Spain to visit this magical city.
The first two things that will attract your attention in Cadiz are its weather and its long, long and beautiful fine-sand beaches. It is in this place where you can take baths while you eat pescaítos later for lunch, all together in the same beach.
There are three beaches in Cádiz that enjoy the magnet that represent to be the holder of the «blue flag» award, title given to those places in the seaside characterized by their cleanness and practicable conditions for bathing activities. It is in the Cortadura, La Caleta and La Victoria beaches where the visitor will have the opportunity of experiencing some of the most beautiful fusion of colours in sunsets worthy of the best impressionist paintings.
Another richness of this city is its people, generally outgoing and friendly and always eager to spend a good time with their friends due to the excellent climatic conditions of this city. Cadiz is too, by the way, the place in which the first Spanish Constitution was signed (1812).
If you are to join a Spanish course in Spain Cádiz will be without doubt a place where you will enjoy true good moments but you must be prevented that in Andalucía in general, and especially in Cádiz, people have a characteristic Andalucian accent not much easy to understand even for a native Spanish.
If we join the beaches together with the benefactress of its weather we have the perfect mix. At the time the author was writing this article Cádiz is enjoying 8ºC in the first days of Februar.
Cádiz has long sunlight hours that help to make the most of your visit: you will not be obliged to go back to your accommodation early. On the other hand, not so lengthy in the year but definitely equal or even more interesting are the Carnivals in Cádiz.
The Carnivals usually start in the second week of February and the streets take a tumultuous appeal in which most of the people eat, drink and sing. The Chirigotas entertain and amuse the assistance but, do not believe that are necessarily a very formal parties because, in fact, they are just the opposite.
This tacita de plata is without frighten of being wrong an experience in itself. To its people and its weather, good food and good beaches join together in a city that as its roofs, will make your eyes sparkle.
Text: Daniel Fernandéz Cantalapiedra
Photo: Wikipedia jjcorrmach, HombreDHojalata, Silja-Helen, Caleteron, Andrea Verdelli
Right from the outset of the article, we have to take you to prehistoric caves near Villaluenga del Rosario. At the foot of the rocky massif that is part of the Sierra de Cádiz is the town of Villaluenga del Rosario.
Our trip to sunny Spain will be the last remark on summer this year that for the last time shows itself as the weather is really good this week.
Spain’s second largest city, the center of Catalonia, popular destination of digital nomads, and mostly the place from where you bring countless great experiences. Barcelona is very kind to any type of traveler and you can visit it in any season.
Having 512 meters, Tibidabo is the highest summit of the Serra de Collserola. Therefore, you should miss it if you want to enjoy one of the best vistas over Barcelona. Tibidabo is on city’s northwest. You can easily distinguish it for its white temple on the top.
In narrow streets of historical center in Barcelona is really easy to get lost. However, you can be sure that you would always end up at some cathedral or, at least, small shrine. They are hard to see from distance, they just suddenly pop up in front of you. On the other hand, famous Sagrada Família is easy to see from distance.
I visited the Catalonian capital with my family for a week in the time of Christmas holidays. I like to learn about culture of the country I spend my time in so I spent lot of time wandering in the streets, in parks or had breakfast in back-alley cafes with locals. I enjoyed hours-long dinners having great tapas and even better wine. I tried to met as new people as possible. True, only disadvantage was that I didn’t speak Spanish or Catalonian.
Whether you are lured by noisy streets of Sevilla, rhythm of flamenco and Sevillans, mystery of Cordoba, charm of Cadiz, or beauty of Granada with the Sierra Nevada in the background. You simply can’t let this slip away...
In the west of Spain, close to the borders with Portugal, there is the town of Merida, a city of amazin excavations which are protected by the UNESCO. Merida offers some of the most preserved pieces of Roman architecture.
We will spend the first October Friday in Merida again, where we will visit some of the other ancient sights, such as the Roman amphitheater with a huge auditorium for 15,000 spectators, who were also watching gladiatorial matches. The amphitheater was so vast that there were also naval battles in it, because the stage could be flooded and the ships were let off by a gate.
Today we head to Andalusia. There we will take a look at the so-called Pueblos Blancos, or white villages that carry the charm of the ancient Moorish times. These small small villages are known by white houses typical of the Berber architecture of North Africa, a region that is home to the Moors.
There was a time in where it was a village. That village was called Benidorm. We are talking of the years 1950s. Suddenly, I mean s-u-d-d-e-n-l-y, the Spanish government of that time decided that as we had such a lovely weather and those lovely beaches why were not we to use it to attract tourists.
The visitor will feel at home in the Patio de los Leones whose fountain, surrounded by a slim gallery of 124 columns, provides a humane architectonic space put to the service of men, in a miraculous mixture of geometry, light and rhythm.
«I believe in eternity», said the American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson when proclaimed to see the genius of Greece, Italy and Spain. Without any doubt, Emerson knew Granada or, at least, he had a feeling of how it would be like.
Many people may have heard about Seville before. Many of them are accustomed to see its image represented along with the Giralda, watching the city aware of all what may take place, from its 94 meters heights.
Centre of Madrid is rich for interesting places, cultural and social events and the beautiful art treasures. One of them is the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena, situated close to the royal palace. It represents a mixture of neo-classicist, Gothic and Romanesque styles. It is interesting valuable stained glass, paintings and two cross-shaped ships.
This rich city boasts with more than just architecture of brilliant Antonio Gaudí. In today’s part we will visit local aquarium and Barcelona coast promenade where are berthed historical ships and other interesting things.
In the third part of our series you can learn about other notable references genius of Antonio Gaudi, which are the Sagrada Família and Parc Güell.
In the second part about the beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast you can find out more about the beautiful villas that the famous architect Gaudí left here.
«To the Prado Museum, to which I owe so many hours of happiness».
We bring you the last part of our series on sunny a shinning Barcelona. The trip will end on Montjuïc.
Welcome to our series dedicated to the fascinating Spanish city of Barcelona, which about we will be following three parts. In them you will know that it is a city that you should see at least once in your life.
Huge almost 350 hectares area, a number of charming nooks, adapted shrubs, flower beds, shady forest and the sun-heated artificial lake with romantic boats, rare statues and memorials or musicians. Such is the Madrid Retiro Park. Lots of visitors come there to find a respite, a romantic atmosphere, opportunities for active sports or cultural enrichment.
Today's photogallery takes us to Mallorca, one of Balearic Islands. Spain's largest island featur...
Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, including its highest peak of Spain (Mulhacen - 3482 m) is spreaded...
Cordoba is a town, situated in south of Spain, where famous Christian-Moslem Mezquita is placed. ...
This is our third and last excursion into streets of this rich Spanish town.
Photo: Maxim Kucer
A walk throughout one of most astonishing town of Iberian Peninsula.
Photo: Maxim Kucer
Granada is a centre of a province of the same name. In past, the town was important as a ca...
The second walk through beautiful Spanish town.
Photo: Maxim Kucer
Valencia is a capital of a province of the same name. The town is inhabitated with more than 800 ...
Figueres, the town with 40 thousands of inhabitants, became a birthplace of Salvadore Dali,o...
Barcelona, the capital of autonomous spanish region Catalonia, situated in the northeast. To Barc...