The past runs deep in Cadiz, where cobbled medieval streets spill out into whitewashed Spanish plazas and Roman ruins. As one of Europe’s oldest cities, it has the feel of an urban island, marked almost entirely by beaches and ultramarine harbours dotted with fishing boats.
Cadiz is an important shipping port with regular ferry services to the Canary Islands ports of Arrecife in Lanzarote, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Palma. The city is also an important port of call for cruise ships which are taking part in a Mediterranean Cruise.
Historically Christopher Columbus sailed from the port of Cadiz on his voyages of discovery while during Elizabethan times Sir Frances Drake raided the city and of course the famous battle of Trafalgar took place a few kilometres south of the city and port.