Cádiz - One of Andalucía's best kept secrets

Cádiz is one of Andalucía's best kept secrets

Oldest city in Western Europe
The elegant port city of Cádiz is Western Europe's oldest city and one of Andalucía's best kept secrets. Cádiz was founded more than 3000 years ago by the Phoenicians and has had a long and eventful history. The city celebrated its heyday during the 18th century, when it enjoyed three-quarters of all Spanish trade with the New World and grew into the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan city in Spain. The enchanting casco antiguo (old town) of Cádiz largely dates from this golden era.

Old town surrounded by water
Cádiz is famous for its stunning location. The city is situated on a small peninsula that juts out into the Bay of Cádiz and is connected to the mainland only by a thin strip of land. The old town of Cádiz, at the tip of the peninsula, is almost completely surrounded by water. It's easy to get a bit lost in the labyrinth of narrow streets of the old town, but the beautiful waterfront promenade with its flower-filled parks is never far away.

Cádiz: The city that smiles
The biggest attraction of Cádiz is perhaps the relaxed attitude to life of its inhabitants. Gaditanos are cheerful and happy, simply because every day is a new day, and enjoy life to the fullest. Cádiz is la ciudad que sonríe, the city that smiles, and you can experience this everywhere. For example on Plaza de Mina, where people meet to chat and eat tapas and spontaneously start singing flamenco. Or at Playa de la Caleta, where both young and old enjoy the cool sea breeze and beautiful sunset on summer evenings.

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