We arrived at the Plaza de la Catedral and the first thing that impresses us is its exterior appearance. It is a building built over many years and in two phases, hence its two types of stones and their two colors. The economic crises caused that the cathedral has a varied style, because of the French invasions and the later loss of the power on America.
Before getting inside, we make a stop to take a sweet temper at Casa Hidalgo, one of the oldest patisseries in the city with an assortment of exquisite typical Cadiz sweets. It was the first establishment in the city that sold the empanadas. Others have followed the trail but without approaching the quality of Hidalgo’s product. A clientele that has become the main advertiser of the excellence of the product sold there. Like the Roscón de Reyes or the turrón de Cádiz. All away from the industrial bakery and frozen dough. That is why they prefer to limit the daily production of cakes and empanadas so that, at the end of the day, there is nothing left to sell and that each day what is displayed in the display is freshly made, handcrafted early in the morning. the morning.
After our gastronomic break, we enter the Cathedral. The Cathedral of Santa María is a show of lights inside, through its windows and stained glass windows enter the solar rays charged with a marine light, bright, creating a decoration that seems artificially illuminated. It is a tiny cathedral but very charming. The visit is usually quiet and without queues, or crowds, which gives a mystical experience. Apart from this show of lights and backlights, it highlights its huge crypt with a stone ceiling and walls that is located just below the main altar and that could have served as a setting for any of the films of the Harry Potter saga. Many of the illustrious figures of the city reside in this crypt, among them the famous musician and composer Manuel de Falla or the poet Jose María Pemán.
To finish the visit we climb to its belfry, known as the Clock Tower, a limestone quadrangular from which we can comptemplar magnificent views of the entire city and the Atlantic Ocean. The climb is made by a circular ramp through which we gradually gain altitude and discovering at each step more blue of the ocean and white houses of Cadiz. From there, just like when we entered the city through the Constitution Bridge, we became aware of the beautiful natural place in which Cádiz is located.