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Western Europe's oldest city

Cadiz is the oldest city in Western Europe, with records suggesting that the city was occupied more than 3,000 years ago. It stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Named Gadir by the Phoenicians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port.

It sank into oblivion under the Visigoths and Moors, but attained great recognition in the early 16th century as a launching point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America. Cadiz was later raided by Sir Francis Drake, in the struggle to gain control of trade with the New World, and managed to withstand a siege by Napoleon's army. In the early 19th century Cadiz became the bastion of Spain's anti-monarchist, liberal movement, as a result of which the country's first Constitution was declared here in 1812.

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Premium Madeira, Canaries & Morocco Cruise

Fabulous sights and cities brimming with culture await as you cruise in splendour aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey. We inhale the charm and classy sophistication of evocative Seville, enjoy ancient Cadiz and bask in the sun drenched charm of the Canary Islands. We then take in the exotic beat of Tangier and Rabat on this fantastic cruise adventure.

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The old quarter
Some of Cadiz's 18th century walls remain largely intact, such as the Landward Gate. The old, central quarter of Cadiz is famous for its picturesque charm, and many of the buildings reflect the city's overseas links. Worth a visit are the city's Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri, which is famous throughout Spain as the place where, in defiance of Napoleon's siege, the provisional government was set up with its own liberal Constitution. Other points of interest are La Santa Cueva, home to several paintings by Goya, and stately mansions such as the Casa del Almirante and Casa de las Cadenas. Cadiz is also known for its delicious gastronomy, in particular "pescaíto frito" (perfectly-fried platters of assorted fresh fish) and shellfish, ideally accompanied by the wines from the Marco de Jerez region.

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