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Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz, Spain


Welcome to the Port of Cadiz!
Welcome to the Port of
Cadiz!
by DrDolphin

Picturesque and laid-back, Cadiz is a friendly port. The golden cupola rising above the city and the ancient architecture lend Cadiz a Moorish look, but this port town is Spanish and proud of it. Its close proximity to the larger city of Seville makes it a popular stop for cruise lines.

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AMBIENCE OF CADIZ

Cadiz is known as La Tacita de Plata (Little Silver Cup) due to its unique shape, phenomenal light, and the reflection of the sea on the city. Its crowded position on a peninsula makes for tall, jam-packed buildings and narrow streets, but neat gardens and modest piazzas offer some breathing room. A walk around the city’s Old Quarter—which only takes about an hour—offers a charming, picture-perfect view of the “old world.” Sherry is produced by the barrel here, and if you venture out of the city, you’ll see the rows of vineyards covering the countryside. Seville, famous for its bullring, art galleries, and flamenco, is a mere 22 miles (35 km.) away and well worth a visit.

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HISTORY OF CADIZ

Cadiz holds a special place in history. It was founded in 1100 B.C. by the Phoenicians (they called the city Gadir) and, as such, is considered to be the oldest occupied city in western Europe. Later, the Romans turned the port into a lively, bustling stop along the trade routes. The Carthaginians, Visigoths, and Moors occupied the city in turns. In the 16th century, Cadiz was a launching port for ships sailing to the New World. Most significantly, in the 19th century, Cadiz was a hotbed for the antimonarchy movement and a center for political discourse. As a result, Spain’s first constitution was declared here in 1812. The city has a long history of tolerance and liberalism.

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FACTS ABOUT CADIZ

Size: 4.7 sq. mi. (12.3 sq. km.)
Climate: Mediterranean Temperatures: 71°F (21°C) to 82°F (28°C)
Population 1,500,000 (city) Busy Season Summer
Language: Spanish Money: Euro ()
Time Zone: Central European Transportation: Walking, taxis
Phones: Dial 011-34 from U.S., dial 112 for emergencies
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