Paseo de Canalejas and the Plaza de las Tortugas

Paseo de Canalejas and the Plaza de las Tortugas

The Paseo de Canalejas and Plaza de las Tortugas form a green area of 8,510 m2 and 1,060 m2 respectively, located between the Provincial Council Palace and Plaza de San Juan de Dios.

The area is bordered by Avenida del Puerto and the commercial cruise port to the east and Avenida 4 de Diciembre de 1977 (formerly known as Avenida Ramón de Carranza) to the west.

The audio guided tour of Cádiz
Uncover the Charms of Cádiz with Clive: A Unique Audio Walking Tour with VoiceMap
Uncover the Charms of Cádiz with Clive: A Unique Audio Walking Tour with VoiceMap

The Paseo de Canalejas and the Plaza de las Tortugas are included in the Voicemap Cádiz audio guide. Read more about the audio guide here: https://visitingcadiz.com/immerse-yourself-in-cadizs-rich-history-a-guided-audio-tour/

The Paseo de Canalejas

The triangular-shaped Paseo de Canalejas has undergone few changes in recent decades, except for its flower beds, which were redesigned when the promenade was constructed.

The tourist office in Cádiz
The tourist office in Plaza Canalejas in Cádiz not far from the Plaza de las Tortugas.

The promenade is covered with a variety of tree species and houses the city’s Tourist Information Office, which is shaped like a polyhedron with glass walls.

The monument to the distinguished sailor and Spanish Navy strategist, Blas de Lezo, can also be found here.

The Plaza de la Tortugas

As you enter the plaza, you can’t miss the “Fuente de las Tortugas”. It’s known for its charming design featuring turtles, which are symbolic creatures in various cultures and often associated with longevity, endurance, and stability.

Paseo de Canalejas and the Plaza de las Tortugas
Images on this page from https://josecelestinomutis.cadiz.es/en/ The official Cádiz city website with information about parks, gardens and natural areas.

This plaza offers a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life and very often we find locals relaxing and chatting in the shade of the graceful cypress trees.

The Virgen del Rosario or the “Triunfo del Rosario”

The plaza also bears witness to Cádiz’s resilience in the face of adversity. Since 1954, the tall and elegant monument to the Virgen del Rosario or the “Triunfo del Rosario” stands here as a solemn reminder of the devastating tsunami that struck the city in 1755.

This tragic event, triggered by the Great Lisbon Earthquake, unleashed powerful waves that swept through the streets of Cádiz, leaving destruction in their wake.

The Virgen del Rosario has been the Patroness and Protector of Cadiz since that time in 1755.
The Virgen del Rosario has been the Patroness and Protector of Cadiz since that time in 1755.

The tsunami claimed countless lives and caused widespread devastation, reshaping the city’s landscape and leaving an indelible mark on its history.

The Virgen del Rosario has been the Patroness and Protector of Cadiz since that time in 1755. It`s said that her image stopped the waters that had already entered the City of Cadiz from rising any further, avoiding an even greater disaster.

the Virgen del Rosario or the "Triunfo del Rosario"
the Virgen del Rosario or the “Triunfo del Rosario” holding the waves back from the tsunami caused by the great Lisbon earthquake in 1755.

Despite the devastation, the people of Cádiz rallied together to rebuild their city, demonstrating remarkable resilience and determination in the face of this natural disaster.

See more parks and gardens in Cádiz here: https://visitingcadiz.com/parks-and-gardens/

See the full list of plazas in the city of Cádiz here: https://visitingcadiz.com/plazas-in-cadiz/


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