HETTY GOES TO CÁDIZ

A spot or two of rain cleared the beach at Conil de la Frontera.. Crew of Hetty pack up and said where next ?? Cádiz said the Driver ..lots of history He believed we English gave the Spaniards a pasting here in the past ..Driving past Cala de Roche and Playa de la Borrosa on the Atlantic coast .. we didn’t know places like this existed .. Very up market with Mansions not villa’s Near estates … Looks like a place for the very rich n famous .. I bet Thompson’s don’t go here but I will google and let you know .. it’s lovely Playa de la Borrosa has a TUI hotel

HISTORY of CÁDIZ

According to legend, Cadiz was founded by Hercules who also supposedly created the nearby Straits of Gibraltar. However, most scholars believe that the city was started as a trading post by the Phoenicians as early as 1100 B.C. As a result, Cadiz claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe.

The Phoenicians were followed by the Carthaginians in 511 B.C. However, when the Carthaginians were defeated by the Romans in the Second Punic War, Cadiz became a Roman city. The remains of a large Roman theater were discovered in Cadiz in the 1980s.

Cadiz was captured by the Visigoths in the 5th century. The Moors occupied Cadiz from 711 A.D. To 1262 when King Alfonso X of Castile brought it under Spanish control.

The Age of Discovery led to a golden age in Cadiz. Christopher Columbus launched his second and fourth voyages to the New World from Cadiz. Subsequently, Cadiz became an important base for the Spanish treasure fleet. And when Seville ceased to be a viable port for ocean going ships in the 18th century, Cadiz became the center for trade with the Americas. The city became rich and cosmopolitan.

Cadiz’s rise attracted Spain’s enemies. The Barbary pirates launched a series of attacks. However, the attacks by Spain’s great enemy England were much more signifigant. To delay the build up of the Spanish Armada, Sir Francis Drake attacked in 1587. He occupied the city for several days and burnt ships in the harbor which delayed the Armada’s attack on England by a year. The Earl of Essex led a successful attack in 1596, again occupying and looting the city. Unsuccessful English attacks followed in 1625 and 1702.

During the Napoleonic Wars, Spain at first sided with Spain and the combined French and Spannish fleets sortied from Cadiz only to be defeated by Admiral Lord Nelson at Trafalgar. After Napoleon attempted to place his brother on the throne of Spain, Spain joined with Great Britain to fight Napoleon. Cadiz was one of the few Spanish cities to successfully resist French occupation and Cadiz became the de facto capital of unoccupied Spain.

So there you have it ..

Parked up yet again in a €3 per 24hr carpark next to the docks .. lots of police presence and the cranes stopped loading the ships at about 9pm so a very good nights sleep ..

Morning and off to see the city before the heat kicks in .. I think it is the hottest I’ve ever been .. What it was like in July/ August doesn’t bare thinking about

The guns on the sea wall

Avenues of cooling walks which reminded me of Seville

Cat hotel on the rocks

€6 to walk round the Cathedral .. I’ve seen better

Big door and arches on the Main Street

The Main Square where I bought my self a red fan … wafting breeze

The bridge out and the heat .. Again to hot to breath

Next stop El Ricio .. A campsite .. Housekeeping to do .. Need a washing machine

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.

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