Monday, August 22, 2011


After a week of traveling in Spain, we finally made it to the Mediterranean. The city of  Cádiz has a history like no other. The oldest city on the Iberian peninsula, and possibly in all of western Europe it was founded by the Phoenicians as a port city, then was later taken by the Romans, then the Visigoths, next the Moores and of course the Spanish who control it today. The city itself can not grow any larger because it is built on a tiny peninsula. The landscape today hasn't changed much in the past 400 years or so.

While outside of the city has some beautiful beaches to offer, in the city proper, the beach feels a bit like Haeundae beach in the summer, except for the fact that, while there are many umbrellas, there are just as many people sitting away from the umbrellas basking in the sun instead of hiding from it like the do in Busan. 

Cadiz does its best to keep its history alive for visitors with many museums around the town. One of the city's most famous sights are the Phonetician sarcophagi in the architectural museum. 

But, while the Phoenician  sarcophagi bring the tourists in, the rest of the museum, chuck full of remains from Roman times, Phoenician times and all the rest of this city's 3,000 year history can be found here as well.

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