Founded in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians, Cadiz is the oldest existing city in Western Europe and has remained one of Spain's principal ports for nearly a thousand years. Your tour begins with a scenic drive through the town where you'll have a chance to admire the many beautiful landmarks and monuments that adorn this vibrant city. Some of these sights include the Mudejar-style tobacco factory that dates to 1741 and now serves as the Congress building, Santo Domingo Church, the Roman Theater that overlooks the main Cathedral and the old Andalusian neo-classical styled Royal Prison. Traveling on, you'll also see the ancient Phoenician port of La Caleta, the botanical gardens and the castle walls that once served as the town's defense against marauders.
After your panoramic overview of Cadiz, your coach will stop at Plaza España where you will disembark and begin your walking tour through the historic old quarter of the city. The Plaza itself is nestled amidst a lush landscape of serene gardens and is home to the famous monument of the 1812 Spanish Parliament, which rises grandly over the main Plaza. As you navigate your way through the narrow streets, you'll come upon many notable sights, such as the Plaza de la Mina, the Cadiz Museum, the majestic 18th century baroque cathedral and the elegant 19th century palaces that line Calle Ancha.
Your final stop will be at the tablao Flamenco La Cava where you will be treated to an exciting performance of this powerful and energetic typical Spanish dance. Electrifying and hypnotic, there is nothing quite like Flamenco. Rhythmically tapping heels, clicking castanets, the traditional rascado flourishes of the guitar and the emotional voices of the singers blend to create a truly mesmerizing experience. To further enhance this wonderful cultural event, you will be treated to some delicious tapas and two beverages. At the conclusion of the performance, your coach will transfer you back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 miles of walking, at times over uneven or cobblestone surfaces and is not recommended for wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.