By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
Cadiz is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula, and possibly the oldest in all of southwestern Europe.
Think of it as a frontier town, the Wild West of Europe.
Cádiz was part of the Muslim realm of Al-Andalus, now the Spanish region of Andalusia.
Its history and culture are built on a base of Moorish or Muslim cultures, and by earlier forces: the Iberians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Roman Empire, the Vandals, and the Visigoths.
The Phoenicians built an outpost here about three thousand years ago and called it Gadir, which means walled stronghold. And for most of its existence, that was its role: a fortress and an armory.
A CADIZ ALBUM
Roman Theater of Cadiz
Alameda district of Cadiz
The Moors ruled between 711 and 1262, until they were finally ousted by Alphonso X of Castile. During the Age of Exploration, the city was re-energized.
Christopher Columbus sailed from Cádiz on his second and fourth voyages.
By the middle of 16th century, when the Spanish Empire ruled or traded with much of the world, Cádiz was the receiving end of the treasure train from Asia and the New World.
Spanish Galleons would pick up gold, silver, and other treasure from Mexico, South America, Japan, China, the Philippines and other parts and try to get it past the real Pirates of the Caribbean and back to Europe.
ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA ALBUM
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