The capital of the same name as the province of Cádiz is located about 100 km northwest of Tarifa and is one of the smallest provincial capitals of Spain. Until the 17th century Cádiz was an island, today it is connected to the mainland by several access roads.
According to ancient chronicles, the city was founded 80 years after the Trojan War, thus in 1104 BC. Cádiz itself boasts in the city’s coat of arms that it was founded by the Greek demigod Heracles (= Hercules): „Hercules Fundator Gadium Dominatorque” (Heracles, founder and ruler of Cádiz).
In fact, it is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, which was already an important trading post among Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. With the fall of the Roman Empire, Cádiz initially lost its importance, but after the discovery of America and the resulting trade between the old and new worlds, it regained its influence.
Discover some of the many monuments on a tour of the old town, such as the Roman Theatre, the Cathedral, the Town Hall, the City Gate, the Constitutional Monument or the fortress Castillo de Santa Catalina. Small information signs in English and Spanish will provide you with the most important information about each building.
Many Spaniards spend their summer holidays in Cádiz.
If you've ever been inland in summer and wondered where all the locals are - many Spaniards spend their summer holidays here in Cádiz. From the main train station there are train connections to Jerez, Seville, Córdoba, Madrid and so on. The bus connections from Cádiz are also good; there is also a bus service to Tarifa several times a day.