Cadiz will surprise you. It is one of the Andalusian cities that most gets passed over by visitors and yet it is undoubtedly one of the great treasures of the region. Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in the western world. Founded by the Phoenicians (approximately 1100BC) under the name “Gadir”, it was a fishing community that became one of the most important trading posts for later civilizations including the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors. It became known as the “Tacita de Plata” (the Silver City) although nobody is quite sure of the origins of the name. There are some who claim it is because of the magnificent contrast of colors of the intense, bright blue of the sea and the white buildings that makes the city shine like no other.
Join us and we will explain the history and curiosities that the city hides: of pirates, Columbus’ link to the city, stories of conquests and conquistadores… and we will also show you some of the most precious spots, combining a panoramic tour of the city with a walking tour in which, among other things, you will discover:
- The Pópulo district: the oldest part of the city which still has three of the gates to the medieval city: el Pópulo, De la Rosa and De los Blancos Arches.
- The Viña: this is known as the fishermen’s quarter, and is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. The most important squares and streets, and the most charming: Plaza España, calle Ancha, Plaza de la Mina and la Plaza de las Flores are some examples.
- The Cathedral: visible from the sea, especially its dome covered with golden tiles, which perfectly matches the colonial air of the city. The building is a combination of Baroque and Neoclassical, and its treasury is one of Spain’s most impressive.
- The Castle of San Sebastian: sitting on a small island overlooking one of the beaches of Cadiz, and originally connected to the city by a drawbridge that created a moat, in 1860 a new walkway was built connecting the city with the castl