Gadir Archaeological Site

Archaeological sites
Yacimiento Arqueológico Gadir

The city of Gadir was one of the oldest Phoenician settlements in the West. Back in the first quarter of the first millennium before Christ, the Phoenicians of Tyre had already set sail on their first exploratory voyages.  They founded a stable colony at a date that was difficult to accurately establish until the discoveries unearthed under the Puppet Theatre.
The lack of architectural remains of Phoenicians settlements throughout the Mediterranean makes the Gadir archaeological site a fundamental place to discover the way of life of the former Phoenician culture. The site is at the highest point of the oldest island of Erytheia, the smallest of the ancient Cadiz archipelago.  It has therefore become an important yardstick for the different interpretations regarding the possible location of the Gadir urban settlement.
The site is structured at different levels that tally with the different periods of occupation of the settlement.  Particularly noteworthy is the layout out of streets, houses and utensils from the 9th century B.C.  A total of eight houses are distributed on two terraces and organised around two paved streets. All these constructions were made out of the so-called earth architecture, in other words, made mainly out of mud and clay.
The streets were paved with clay, which was used to construct the early buildings.  One aspect of great interest is the many fossilized remains of different cows that wandered these streets.
The highlight of the visit is based around the figure of Mattan, a Phoenician who died in a huge fire that occurred in the city in the 6th century B.C. and whose remains form an important part of the content of the visit.
Apart from these Phoenician remains, the constructions of a Roman fish processing factory, with its large basins to make salted fish, can be seen.


The visits are at the following times from Tuesday to Sunday:
Morning times: 10.00 a.m. – 10.45 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. -- 1.00 p.m.
Evening times: 5.00 p.m. – 5.45 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. and 19.15 p.m. (last visit)


Admission free

Climate-control premises
Animales no permitidos
Assisted access
Adapted WC
C/ San Miguel, nº 15 (Acceso adaptado)
0034 956 226 337
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Se trata del yacimiento arqueológico más importante del Mediterráneo...
Horario: De martes a domingo, de 10.00 a 17.00 horas, en pases ininterrumpidos de una hora. 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00