Cadiz

A historian’s delight, Cadiz is perhaps, the oldest city in Spain as well as in southwestern Europe. According to history, this city is more than 3,000 years old. Few know that the Romans occupied this city prior to defeat at the hands of the Visigoths.

This city was also an important trading center for the Carthaginians. Apart from history lovers, visitors also visit this city for its beautiful coastline. Home to the University of Cadiz, it is also the main port of the Spanish navy. It is also famous for its historical landmarks.

Cadiz Cathedral

Cadiz Cathedral

Tourist Spots:

Plaza de Mina: Developed in the first half of the 19th century, Plaza de Mina was initially converted into a plaza in 1838 and was redeveloped in 1897. Tourists should check out the beautiful statues plus the bust of José Macpherson. One can also locate the Museum of Cadiz, which contains ancient artifacts that are around 3,000 years old. Visitors should also check out for the works by artists like Peter Paul Rubens. Glimpse around and check out the buildings in the region, most of which are in the neo-classical architectural style.

The Tavira Tower: In ancient days, Cadiz had approximately 160 watchtowers that local merchants used for looking out at sea for arriving merchant ships. Only a few of them have survived the ravages of time including the Tavira Tower. Tourists visiting this place should check out the cámara oscura. This room uses the pinhole camera’s principles merged together with a convex lens to project panoramic glimpses of the old city.

The Roman Theatre: Constructed in the first century BC, the Roman Theater is considered by historians as the world’s second largest Roman Theater. Tourists will be amazed to know that this building was discovered as late as in 1980. A huge fire damaged some old warehouses and firefighters, clearing the debris left behind, discovered this tourist landmark. Though excavations are still ongoing, tourists can view the excavated portions of the historical structure, constructed from hand-hews stones.

The City Gates: Built in the 16th century, much of the original construction is no longer there. What were originally several layers of walls have been ravaged by the vagaries of time and just a single layer remains. In order to accommodate modern traffic, the entrance to the city was remodeled in the 20th century. These dual arches that stand side by side to each other serve as the city’s primary entrance.

Cadiz, Caleta Beach

Cadiz, Caleta Beach

Festivals: Celebrated each year on the Tuesday before Lent begins, or Shrove Tuesday, the Cadiz Carnival is the most famous festival of this city. Join hands with the population of the city, be a part of the fun, and frolic.

Transport: Airlines, trains, buses, cars, and boats connect this city with the rest of the world.

Special Mention: Tourists should not miss out the chance of visiting La Playa de la Caleta. This 400 meters long beach lies between the Santa Catalina and the San Sebastian castles. The Cuban scene at the beginning of `Die Another Day, a James Bond Movie, was shot over here.