Cadiz - Hop On/Hop Off Bus Ride
May 20, 2014
|Monday I felt somewhat better. At least well enough I wanted some fresh air. I was coughing up a lot of phlegm so I took another hot shower to loosen all that up. I decided I didn't want to do a whole lot of walking so I'd try the hop on/hop off bus since one of the stops was right across the street at what I now know is called Playa Victoria or Victoria Beach.
Some Fun Facts I found out about Cadiz:
It currently has 125,000 people.
It was founded as a port city for the Phoenicians in 1100 BC.
It became the third most important of the Roman colonies - only Rome exceeded it in population.
It has always been a working port city.
It was a fortified walled city until 1900 when part of the walls were torn down and the city expanded into the "new city" where my hotel is located.
It was famous for its salt fish industry during the Roman period (remember the salt fish factory ruins in Barcelona?). There are some ruins of its salt fish industry here, too.
It also has ruins of an old Roman Theatre. It appears it would have been the 2nd largest
theatre exceeded only by Pompeii.
It has an active ship building industry.
It has a cruise port.
Columbus left on his second voyage to find "the East" from Cadiz in 1493.