With the tide, we crossed the sand bar leaving the river and sailed to the Spanish town of Rota. The marina lies just next to the old town. We enjoyed the feel and atmosphere of this town very much. It does not have the feel of tourism as many others. The massive stone archways span its narrow streets in old town and it is quiet and very well kept. You can see the pride the people have taken both in the old town and the newer parts. There is also a large Naval Base in Rota.
Cadiz is a ancient, fascinating and beautiful city, founded by the Phoenicians over 3,000 years ago, settled by the Romans and Moors. This is my favorite large city we have visited thus far. The parks are stunning and it is said that some of the very large trees of today were brought and planted by Columbus.