Cadiz is considered the oldest city of Europe. The first settlements date back to the 1100 B.C. by the Phoenicians, the seafaring people who turned Cadiz into an important trading colony. It goes without saying that over 3000 years of history have left several places in the city to visit. For instance, the wonderful Cathedral of Cadiz, the fortress of Candelaria, San Sebastian’s Castle and the ancient roman Theater.
Geographically speaking, Cadiz is a narrow and small peninsula in the South of Spain. Its mild climate during the whole year and its 7.05 km (4.4 miles) of beaches turn Cadiz into the perfect destination for sunbathing lovers.
What can we do after a day on the beach or having a walk through its history? There is another way to get to know Cadiz: the food. Having “tapas” is part of the Andalusian culture. In fact, it is believed that the tapas were born in Cadiz and discovered by King Alfonso XIII while ordering a glass of wine in a tavern during a visit to the City.
According to the legend, the waiter covered the glass with a slice of cured ham in order to protect the wine from the sand, being Cadiz very windy. The king, after drinking the wine and eating the “tapa” (meaning cover in English), ordered another wine “with its cover”.