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Cadiz is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the Iberian Peninsula. It has served as the home port for the Spanish Navy since the 18th century. The city lies on a narrow stretch of land surrounded by the Atlantic and is the main thoroughfare to Seville.

We have all been to Seville before so decided to explore Cadiz. It is another lovely Spanish town full of charm. We left the ship and walked past the 1741 former tobacco factory (shade of Carmen in Seville). From there on to the very grand Puerta de Tierra, the main entrance to the city. We followed the waterfront from here and saw the Cathedral, a Roman theatre and moved on to the castle, Santa Catalina, built after the British attacked. There are some beaches all along the waterfront here but they are not really nice. Museums etc were closed on Mondays but at least the shops were open for some retail therapy!

We walked back towards the harbour via the Gran Teatro Falla. The composer Manuel de Falla was born in Cadiz.

There are lovely narrow lanes filled with shops and restaurants so of course there was a very welcome beer stop on the way back. Temperature today was around 21C but felt much warmer in the sunshine.

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