Connected to the mainland by a thin strip of land, the almost-island peninsula of Cadiz has windswept beaches, year-round sunshine and an intriguing history. This ancient city thrives on the remnants of a colourful past: a wander around its winding streets uncovers Arabic forts, medieval watchtowers and a dazzling golden-domed cathedral. The Atlantic’s great crashing waves add to the city’s cinematic appeal – a picturesque setting for days spent on the golden sands and feasts rustled up from the ocean’s bounty.
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Expect seafood, and lots of it. In keeping with Cadiz’s carefree and low-key vibe, taste rules over presentation here. Seaside nooks dish up tasty fried fish, the scent of which lingers tantalisingly in the streets, and there are plenty of friendly and authentic family-run restaurants dotted around the city. Put tortillitas de camarones on your must-try list: these salty, crispy shrimp fritters are seriously addictive.
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