The oldest city in Europe on the Andalusian Costa de la Luz is the ideal place for a day trip.
Cadiz offers everything a tourist’s heart desires: a wide range of culture, numerous interesting museums and many bars and restaurants with local specialties such as fish and seafood. In addition to cozy squares, narrow streets and the sea surrounding the city, the cathedral is the architectural heart of the city.
According to legend, Cádiz was founded by Hercules, although archaeological finds indicate that the Phoenicians settled more than 3,000 years ago. In addition to Greeks and Phoenicians, the Romans shaped the city with their impressive urban planning. Evidence of this era is the Teatro Balbo, which is well preserved was excavated and in the 1980s. Both Visigoths and Moors left their historical footprints later, before the Spanish Christians took power by conquering the city during the Reconquista. The overall architectural picture is completed by impressive city palaces and residential buildings from the 18th century, which were built as a result of growing prosperity due to the relocation of the royal fleet and the contract house for the trade trips to the “Américas” from Seville to Cadiz.
The old town of Cádiz, the heart of the city, is surrounded on all sides by the Atlantic Ocean and was separated in thr ancient times from the mainland by the Sancti Petri Canal, which has been filled with sand over the centuries by sediment deposits. Cádiz is completely surrounded by city walls, which were fortified by several citadels.
On a day trip, it is advisable to explore Cadiz on a walk along the coastline around the old town before going inside to enjoy the city’s maritime life.
|Currency used||€ Euro|
|Area (km2)||12,10 km²|