Cádiz is one of the smallest but most popular towns in Spain, going back to Christopher Columbus’s activity involving his fleet of ships. You can still sense the protected nature of the city with the main Cádiz area being surrounded by a layer of walls. This inner city district is referred to as Cádiz, Cádiz by the locals otherwise pronounced “Cai, Cai” dropping the “d’s” and the “z’s” like the Southerners do.
We visited our friend David who showed us around, dropping in on his local spots including bars and cafes. He lived very close to el Castillo de San Sebastián and we were able to walk literally everywhere in the old part of town. The history was incredibly apparent and the locals were nice but kept their distance, just as most tourist to local dynamics work.
The Plazas were the highlight of the trip, some of the cathedrals, statues and buildings in general were more than impressive. Getting in and out of the town was super easy, we took the Renfe train in from the Jerez airport and walked to the same station to take Renfe to Madrid.
You should visit Cádiz because the history has been preserved incredibly well. Even though there is a new part of town that is quickly expanding, the landmarks and local life inside the walls built centuries ago preserve their way of life and even being tourists, we were able to catch a glimpse of this protected lifestyle. –JWB