Cadiz is a city in southwestern Spain. It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe and hence is steeped in rich antiquity. Cadiz is one of 8 provinces that comprise the autonomous community of Andalucia.
We spent our time here in two villages about 100 miles outside of Cadiz city. The whitewashed villages of Andalucia are impressive historical monuments in themselves, and their people still live according to age-old traditions, inherited from their Iberian, Roman and Moorish forefathers.
Medina Sidonia is an unspoilt, little known ancient hill-top town.
Santa Maria la Coronado Church – Built on the foundations of the original castle and later a mosque, this church is a fine example of Andalucian Gothic architecture. The bell tower is the original mosque minaret.
We also visited Arcos de la Frontera. This is one of Andalucia’s most dramatically positioned white villages, Arcos balances atop a rocky ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the valley.
Throughout the village are strikingly narrow streets, that support two way traffic!
16th-century Iglesia de San Pedro. This is sitting right on the cliff edge!
In the evening we were treated to a wonderful show put on by a Flamenco Dance company Los Mulero. Here was part of the show they performed. It’s a pretty long clip at 10 minutes and 30 seconds, if you don’t have time to watch it all, fast forward it to the 2 minute mark and watch a couple of minutes from that point, it will give you a great look at some really good traditional Flamenco dancing.