(c) March 2013 Oliver Bonten
From the Phoenicians to Columbus, Cadiz behind the pillars of Hercules was the non-plus-ultra of maritime travel: ships were not supposed to go beyond this point. You might fall off the Earth. This changed to "plus ultra" during the reign of Charles V, and Cadiz became an important port for the American trade.
Cadiz covers an entire small island in the Atlantic, now connected via a causeway to the mainland. The city has been continously settled since the time of the Phoenicians, and is therefore one of the oldest cities of the world. You cannot dig without going through Roman and Phoenician ruins.
Initially we did not plan to stay there, but then selected it as a stopover instead of a place closer to Gibraltar. Cadiz was one of the pleasant surprises on our trip, a very nice place.
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