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My name is Cristina Lasso and I am the culture expert at the TRYP La Caleta. If you like walking, I suggest a tour through the most popular streets and squares in Cadiz, passing through the medieval quarter and the site of the famous Cortes de Cadiz and ending at the Constitution Commemorative Monument built in 1812.
The tour begins at Plaza de San Juan De Dios where you can see the City Hall (18th to 19th centuries) and the Church of San Juan de Dios. Take C/ Pelota, going through the Arco del Pópulo (now you are entering the medieval quarter, the Barrio del Pópulo), take C/ Fabio Rufino to reach Plaza de San Martín, presided over by the Admiral’s House (17th century) with its spectacular marble façade.
Now take C/ Obispo Jose Mª Rancés to reach Plaza de Fray Felix. Here you can see the Church of Santa Cruz (13th to 16th centuries) which was Cadiz’s first cathedral, the Cathedral Museum and the archaeological site of the Bishop’s House.
Take Callejón de los Piratas to reach Plaza de la Catedral, where you can see the Arco de la Rosa and of course the cathedral (18th to 19th centuries). Look at a curious detail: in front of the cathedral on the ground is a drawing of the plan of the cathedral.
Take C/ Compañía to reach Plaza de las Flores (Plaza Topete). Here you can admire the Correos y Telégrafos building (1925) and enjoy a nose around the Central Market (Pl. de la Libertad).
Take C/ Columela and you reach Plaza del Palillero, now take C/ Novena and C/Ancha, the heart of the city since the 17th century. Don’t miss the beauty of its buildings.
Half way along C/ Ancha, turn down C/ Sagasta, and turn again into C/ Santa Inés to reach Plaza de San Felipe Neri. In this little square you will find the Oratory of San Felipe Neri (17th to 18th centuries), meeting headquarters of the Cortes. In C/ Santa Inés is the Museum of the Cortes of Cadiz.
Head towards Plaza de San Antonio along C/ Torre. This square is another of the city’s hubs. It is surrounded by beautiful palace-houses (Banca Aramburu, Casino Gaditano, Casa Pemán…) and the Church of San Antonio. If you have time, try to peek inside the Casino Gaditano to see its lovely Mudejar patio.
Go back along C/ Ancha and turn into C/ San José to reach Plaza de Mina, also surrounded by beautiful buildings, one of which houses the Museum of Cadiz.
Take Callejón del Tinte and head towards Plaza de San Francisco. Take C/ Isabel La Católica to turn into Antonio López and go down Plaza de España, in the middle of which is the Monument to Las Cortes and Sitio de Cadiz (20th century). It is worth looking at the House of the Five Towers and the House of the Four Towers. On one side of the square is the Palacio de la Diputación (18th century), old customs’ headquarters.
Mesón Cumbres Mayores. Near Pl. Mina. Excellent Iberian products. C/ Zorrilla 4
Tetería El Oasis. Near Pl. Mina. Cocktail menu, juices and smoothies, coffee, Moorish cakes and a wide variety of teas. San José 6
Cafeteria La Aduana. Near Pl. de España. Delicious cakes. Corneta Soto Guerrero 7