The port city in southwestern Spain is on the Costa de la Luz, the coast of light. Travellers seeking flights to Cadiz will discover an ancient city, one founded by the Phoenicians around 1100BC – Western Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city. It has a strong maritime tradition, Christopher Columbus and other discoverers sailed out of here on their voyages and Sir Francis Drake raided it in 1587. In British minds, Cadiz is linked with the Battle of Trafalgar, named after the cape a few kilometres to the south.
Cadiz is a city of two towns, the old and the new. The old town is all narrow streets, flower-bedecked balconies and cobble stones; the new town is an area of shops and modern apartment blocks. The restaurants and bars are first-rate, serving excellent tapas and robust wines. One of the most remarkable landmarks in the city is the golden-domed Cadiz Cathedral. There is also a watchtower, the Torre Tavira, with a camera obscura, which offers panoramic views of the city reflected on the walls.
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