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This is the first of my Spanish and English Parallel Texts with Spanish audio about Spanish city Cádiz.

This first episode is an introduction to Cádiz and you will find below an mp3 to listen to along with two texts, one in Spanish and one in English. So far in this course of Spanish and English Parallel Texts looking at the major Spanish cities we have seen Barcelona, Madrid, Bilao, Sevilla, León, Oviedo, Zaragoza, Cáceres, Santiago de Compostella, Cuenca, Granada, Tarragona and Córdoba and all of the lessons are available completely FREE here on the website. Cádiz, like Sevilla, Granada and Córdoba, is located in the most southern Spanish province of Andalucía. It is a wonderful city with a well-deserved reputation for being extremely lively and great fun.

I hope that you are enjoying this course of Spanish and English Parallel Texts and your Spanish listening skills are steadily improving. I hope that you are finding it easier and easier to follow my Spanish audios without referring to the texts. Don’t worry if you aren’t quite there yet, it takes time, practice and patience, but you will definitely get there eventually so long as you keep persevering. Make sure that you keep trying with listening to the audio alone first. Don’t go straight for the texts and definitely don’t go straight for the English translation. I hope that you are also enjoying learning all about Spain with my Spanish city guides to all its major cities. Maybe you are thinking of coming here to visit one day? You won’t be disappointed!

Spanish and English Parallel Texts: Spanish city Cádiz (Parte 1) Introducción

Cadiz (Parte 1)

In Spanish:

Cádiz es la capital de la provincia sur occidental española del mismo nombre, una de las ocho que componen la comunidad de Andalucía. Cádiz es la ciudad más antigua continuamente habitada de la Península Ibérica y posiblemente de todo el sudoeste europeo. Siempre ha sido un puerto muy importante y el puerto de origen principal de la Armada española desde la adhesión de los Borbones españoles en el siglo XVIII. Tiene una ubicación única, una estrecha lengua de tierra cercada por el mar, que experimenta fuertes vientos y buenas olas para hacer surf.

La ciudad fue fundada supuestamente por los fenicios en el año 1104 aC, que la nombraron Gadir (fortaleza). Más tarde, los griegos le pusieron el nombre de Gadira. Según la leyenda griega, “Gadir” fue fundada por Hércules después de que él matara a “Gerión”, un monstruoso guerrero titán con tres cabezas y tres torsos unidos a un solo par de piernas. Todavía en el siglo III, un gran montículo de tierra cerca de Cádiz, se asoció con el lugar del descanso final de “Gerión”. En latín, la ciudad fue conocida como “Gades” y los residentes locales de Cádiz todavía se conocen como “gaditanos”.

La parte más antigua de Cádiz se caracteriza por la antigüedad de sus barrios y algunos monumentos históricos bien conservados. Entre las áreas que merecen la pena visitar están El Pópulo, La Viña, y Santa María. Hay un contraste importante entre el casco antiguo y las zonas nuevas. Mientras el callejero del casco antiguo se compone principalmente de estrechos callejones que conectan con grandes plazas, nuevas zonas de Cádiz suelen tener amplias avenidas y edificios más modernos. Además, la ciudad cuenta con numerosos maravillosos parques con plantas exóticas y árboles gigantes, supuestamente traídos a España por Colón.

In English:

Cádiz is the capital of the south western Spanish province of the same name, one of eight which make up the community of Andalusia. Cádiz is the oldest continuously-inhabited city of the Iberian Peninsula and possibly of all south west Europe. It has always been a very important port and the principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. It is a unique location, a narrow spit of land hemmed in by the sea that experiences fierce winds and good surfing waves.

The city was supposedly established by the Phoenicians in 1104 BC, who named it “Gadir” (“fortress”). Later, the Greeks named the city “Gadira”. According to Greek legend, “Gadir” was founded by Hercules after he slew “Geryon”, a monstrous warrior-titan with three heads and three torsos joined to a single pair of legs. As late as the early third century, a large earthen mound near Cádiz was associated with “Geryon’s” final resting-place. In Latin, the city was known as “Gades” and the local residents of Cádiz are still known as “Gaditanos”.

The older part of Cádiz is characterised by the antiquity its neighbourhoods and some well preserved historical monuments. Among the areas worth visiting are “El Populo”, “La Viña”, and “Santa Maria”. There is a significant contrast between the old quarter and the newer areas. While the Old City’s street plan consists largely of narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas, newer areas of Cádiz typically have wide avenues and more modern buildings. Additionally, the city has numerous wonderful parks with exotic plants and giant trees supposedly brought to Spain by Columbus.

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