Flamenco in Cadiz

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Since we wanted to learn and experience more flavors of Cadiz than just coffee and sangria, we decided to join a throng of tourists on a city tour. Out of the port on one of the many tour buses, we set off on a panoramic trip along the picturesque corniche overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Modern houses in bright colors next to the royal neoclassical prison and the Roman Theatre intrigued us as did the ancient castle San Sebastian across the bay. Passing through the Phoenician port of La Caleta, we rolled past the Botanical garden, white and black tile floor walkways gleaming amidst landscaped trees and flowers; a most appealing sight. After entering the old town through the city’s ring wall, which has defended the town through the centuries, we followed our tour guide through a few narrow streets (Calles) till we ended up at the taverna, La Cava. As we sampled tapas and sipped our drinks, the pure art of flamenco ignited on the small stage in the packed venue. During the forty five minute show, a passionate firework of emotions swept across the lit up stage as the three performers danced and sang to the gypsy rhythms of the flamenco guitar. Back out in broad daylight heading through the narrow, characteristic streets of the old city to the cathedral, I wondered how many hours it took those dancers to master the countless, intricate flamenco steps with such precision and ease. Besides the flamenco, Cadiz is famous for being the birthplace of composer Manuel de Falla who found his final resting place in the cathedrals’ famous crypt. The neoclassical cathedral which took more that one hundred years to build is the biggest and most famous of the forty churches towering above the white washed Cadiz skyline. The face of this Andalusian port city has changed dramatically since the day when the Phoenicians arrived 3,000 years ago. This oldest city of Europe was attacked by the British in 1596 and almost completely destroyed. But in the 18th century merchants settled in Cadiz, heralding a Golden Age. Flourishing trade resulted in the erection of palatial mansions with over 140 view towers which transformed this port city by the Atlantic Ocean forever.

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4 responses »

  1. I can’t tell you enough how much I’m enjoying your photos! This seems to be the trip of a lifetime and you’re lovely photos are allowing us to enjoy it with you. =)

  2. Cadiz is on my 2013 list, and from the look of this post, it won’t disappoint. I’m hoping to do Jerez and possibly Gibraltar at the same time (if I can persuade the other half). The flamenco venue looks good.

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