Cadiz claims the mantle of Western Europe’s oldest city and every piece of architecture - and every wrong turn - offers a chance to discover fascinating new tales. The port grew in importance and wealth as Cadiz’s strategic location close to Africa’s northern tip helped it blossom into a centre for New World trade. Catedral de Cádiz is a display of the city’s wealth and importance looming spectacularly over the Atlantic’s waves with cawing seagulls sweeping between its twin bell towers. Inside treasures from the city’s trading exploits in the West Indies and beyond - which helped fuel the growth of this historically prosperous city – are on display. Enveloped by ocean on almost every side Cadiz has something of an island feel and you can cool off from southern Spain’s unrelenting sunshine on the sweeping golden sand beach of Playa Victoria. The two towers of the new El Puente de la Constitución de 1812 mark a contemporary landmark in this most ancient of cities in the form of a spectacular new road bridge. Torre Tavira meanwhile is the most famous of Cadiz’s army of watchtowers and the highest point in the city. Reach the top for a view of the ocean fringing the city’s expanse and to learn about the towers - constructed so trading merchants could survey the harbour from their lavish homes. The Central Market is a chaotic place of bartering where flashing knives dissect fresh fish. Stop in at the orbiting bars to enjoy tapas freshly prepared with the market’s produce.