Plaza de San Juan de Dios, Cadis
Early morning and we arrive at Cadis. It is the last port of call on our Andalusian trip. Cadis has the honour of being the oldest inhabited City in Europe, some say the western world. The name Cadis is understood to come from the Phoenician word ‘Gadir‘ which means ‘enclosure’. Founded about 1100bc it rapidly became the gateway to the New World and a bridge between Africa and Europe. It was Phoenicians that established Cadis as a trading post. Cadis has a history influenced by all the many cultures, of which there are many, that have either invaded, passed thru or indeed settled here making this a relatively small but captivating City, one of the friendliest on the tour.
One treat as we explored Cadis was a Flamenco Singer and Dancer, a display that was just so full of Spanish emotion, power and energy that gave even us a ‘bounce’ to our steps even though the temperature hovered around 30c… and the girls loved him!
The Local Police seemed rather laid back, in pairs with one always on the phone…which I discovered was a football match they were keeping a close eye on! Then you go round the corner and there is a Bride with her Groom on the way to their Reception…
Cadis was our last Port….but it was also a Port that Fred Olsen Cruise Lines chose to assemble there small fleet of 4 vessels all together at one time. We were at the end of our cruise, others ships were mid journey and one was just starting its voyage. So it was celebrations in the Port and at the end of the day all 4 Ships sailed out of Cadis together. Escorted by Fireboats.
With all 4 Ships pausing ‘bow first’ in a Thank You for a great days hospitality and as salute to Cadis….
A very fitting end to a memorable trip. Sun and blue sky for the most part, temperature a dry 28 on average and only 5 minutes of rain….not bad 🙂
(C) David Oakes 2018