Cadiz
Discover "La Caleta" Old Town Beach

   The history of Cádiz is that of a city marked by its strategic military and commercial situation, halfway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the oldest Phoenician settlements in the West. Since its founding by the Tyrians, according to the classical tradition 80 years after the Trojan War (1104 BC), it was a city devoted to the sea and commerce. Hannibal left for the conquest of Italy and Julius Caesar himself granted the title of civitas federated to the Roman Senate. The city reaches great prosperity in Roman times. It builds amphitheatres, aqueducts and becomes the second most populated city of the Empire for a brief period. During this time more than five hundred equites lived in the city (a caste of notable citizens), rivaling Padua and Rome itself.

   In 2003, the Ministry of the Presidency granted him, through royal decree 1688/2003, a plaque of honor of the Order of Constitutional Merit. In 2012 Cádiz hosted various events to commemorate the bicentennial of the Constitution, including the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State.

   From Cádiz many things can be highlighted: its beaches and its fiestas. But the ideal is to get lost on a summer night to "tapas" in the neighborhood of La Viña or the Barrio del Pópulo. Also its rich history, since Cádiz is considered the oldest living city in the West. With a rich artistic and monumental heritage, Cádiz is being configured as a great center for cultural and urban tourism.