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June in Cádiz

When it gets too hot in the province of Cádiz wiser heads take to the city. Cádiz is full of shady lanes and alleys harbouring little bars and restaurants. Here the sun’s burning rays and sweltering cannot penetrate the shadows too deeply. And if it does get a tad too hot, you can always go for a dip in the sea at the beach where the locals congregate to cool off, known as La Caleta. With its strangely Victorian feel, those familiar with old-fashioned, English, seaside resorts might feel quite at home. The fish and fruit market is worth a visit. On one side of the market, the old collonade that runs round the main building now houses a plethora of small bars serving a large variety of tapas and drinks. I suppose I ought to shut up now and let the photos speak for themselves.



7 comments on “June in Cádiz

  1. A. G. Moore
    October 9, 2017

    Years ago I went to Cadiz for “a few days”. That stretched into 6 weeks. Wandered the narrow streets, ate fresh bread from the bakery, generally just hung around with a friend. Cadiz will do that to you, I think, or at least the Cadiz I knew would do that. Great memories. The pictures bring them back.


    • Bryan Hemming
      October 9, 2017

      Thanks for your kind words. The city hasn’t changed so much since I’ve been here, I came to Cádiz came for couple of months about sixteen years ago and have been in the province ever since. We live a few miles down the coast in Conil de la Frontera.

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  2. rangewriter
    June 22, 2017

    Wonderful images!


    • Bryan Hemming
      June 22, 2017

      It sometimes feels as though Cádiz waited around for 3,000 years for someone to invent the camera. The city cries to be photographed.

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  3. reenmacFrancesca
    June 15, 2017

    Love it!
    What is that amazing tree?
    Looks like a Moreton Bay fig
    In Sydney, the bats roost in it
    There’s an enormous one in Devonport, Auckland called Albert


    • Bryan Hemming
      June 16, 2017

      There are two trees standing together at this famous site in Cádiz. Both are known collectively “El árbol del Mora” which translates as “The Mulberry Tree”. Not because they were believed to be mulberry trees but because they were named after the Hospital de Mora (Mulberry Hospital) right next to them. Neither did that have anything to do with mulberries, but was named after José Moreno de Mora y Vitón who financed the project. The hospital was used as an isolation facility. Now part of the university, the building is reputed to be haunted by patients that were maltreated or neglected before dying there.

      It is believed the trees were brought to Cádiz from India around 1900 by two monks and planted by the old harbour. The trees are indeed related to the Moreton Bay fig tree, as they’re part of the banyan family.

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