We leave Cadiz and follow the Portuguese coastline north, cross the Bay of Biscay again and return home, after 3 final nights at sea, to Southampton and our driver who will take us back home a loverly cup of tea and nice warm curry!
We sail from Malta and head west, on our way out of the Mediterranean. After 3 nights at sea we emerge into the Atlantic, passing through the Straight of Gibraltar and dropping anchor in Spain, the first country of our Cruise. The spanish port of Cadiz is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula and possibly of all southwestern Europe, has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. A spot of important historical significance.
Hopefully we won’t be too sad here, because our next sighting of land will be our home port of Southampton.
You cruise right into the heart of historic Cadiz as immediately across the busy Avenida del Puerto from the Spanish port is the main square and shopping area. From there, it is easy to find your own way around this compact city. Behind is the 18th century cathedral (El Nueva) and the view from the top is worth the long climb up its internal stairs.
The narrow streets of the old town below are lined by tall Moorish-style houses with flower-decked balconies mixed in amongst some small shops and tapas bars. Cadiz dates back to the 12th century BC so is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western world but sultry Seville has long since outgrown its neighbour.
La Giralda (the bell-tower next to its Gothic cathedral), is in Sevilles historic Jewish quarter which also has the whitewashed houses and exquisitely coloured bougainvillea that everyone associates with this lovely city.
(the above is an excerpt from the P&O website, August 2010)