In summer we visited the ancient roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, one of the most important archaeological sites in Cadiz Province. You will find it in the town of Bolonia, a tiny fishing village around 20 km from Tarifa.
We were told there was nowhere to eat apart from a couple of beach bars, so we decided to bring our own food and have a picnic on the beach. Afterwards, we bought tickets for the historical re-enactment show. The show is performed in the ancient roman amphitheatre; an impressive structure capable of holding up to two thousand people.
There is an imposing backdrop as you amble through the streets of the ruins. The ancient worn columns gaze across the white sandy beach towards the sea, and on a clear day you can make out the Moroccan coastline over the strait of Gibraltar. Nearby there is a building that houses many of the unearthed ancient artefacts, where you can browse through countless fascinating exhibits.
Shortly before the show commenced, the sun began to set so we made our way up to our seats. Below, the lit – up stage was set for the performance, and with darkness descending and the show about to start, the lights were switched off. The only visibility, apart from the illumination of the lights from the stage, was the stars and twinkling lights of Morocco in the distance. Then this eerie haunting music began to resonate around the place, setting the mood for the commencement of the show.
This has to be one of my favourite spots and I highly recommend it. If you do go there try to get tickets for the amphitheatre as well as a visit to the ancient remains.
Have you been to Baelo Claudia? If so what are your thoughts about it?