Many people will access the barrio by walking up Calle Mateos Gago which has some impressive buildings.
The former ghetto is a maze of small streets and alleys that open into small squares. One of the prettiest is Plaza de Doña Elvira.
It’s a lovely spot to sit and relax in a cafe, or on one of the ceramic-tiled benches.
Another nice square is Plaza Santa Cruz.
In the centre of the square is a beautiful wrought iron sculpture called La Cruz de la Cerrajeríaor, or The Cross of the Locksmith in English.
It was made by Sebastián Conde in 1692 and was originally located in Calle Sierpes in the centre.
There are some nice houses around the square…
… with traditional windows known as balcones cerrados.
Large mansions are everywhere.
Some have lovely courtyards.
Many houses are painted in yellow and white which seems to be the colour theme for the neighbourhood.
There are lots of picturesque restaurants dotted around.
They’re all very touristy but this one is worth a visit.
Las Teresas (Intermediate A), 3 Calle Santa Teresa
This bar was founded in 1870 and has been run by the same family since 1920.
I love the beautiful interior.
… with the hams hanging from the ceiling.
I popped in for a glass of a favourite sherry of mine; Solera 1847 Cream (A)…
… and some Huevas Alinadas, or Hake Roe, a classic dish of Cadiz. To be honest I wasn’t really a fan (C-) but I wanted to try them. I’m sure all the other things on the menu are great.
This is just one of four posts on Barrio Santa Cruz, there’s lots more to see!