Yacimiento Arqueologico Gadir

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Yacimiento Arqueologico Gadir

Yacimiento Arqueologico Gadir
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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11:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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**Temporarily Closed** CLOSED TO NEW NOTICE DUE TO MAINTENANCE WORK Archaeological site named Gadir. During the visit you will do a tour where you will be able to see the evolution of the city from its founding by the Phoenicians to Roman times. Right 21st century, an interactive multimedia tour will allow you to see the remains of the ancient Phoenician city built in the 9th century BC, with its dwellings, its streets, its animals, etc.
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Savanjay
Roswell, GA105 contributions
Family
Really a wonderful and educational visit. There is a brief movie at the outset that presents the history in a fun and informative way.. Unfortunately, the tour narration was only in Spanish and along with the English-only speakers, a family from Germany was a bit lost in the explanation. Of course, we appreciate the cultural realities and can’t expect everything to be in multiple languages (although the written exhibit descriptions are), but we’d have gladly paid for an English audio.

That said, the staff were very gracious, and happy to answer questions in English, the exhibits are extremely well-done and the historical perspective was amazing. The Phoenicians were an incredible culture that contributed so much to what is now a beautiful city and it’s great to see so much of it preserved so well.
Written July 3, 2022
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cambridge-jay
Cambridge, UK85 contributions
This free to enter attraction is situated within, and underneath, the theatre building. It's on the left hand side of the narrow street if walking from the market. It's very easy to miss. Walk up the ramp outside the theatre, you will see a small ticket office window half way up the ramp. This is where you are issued with your entrance tickets. Be aware there are limited numbers for each tour. You will spend around 45 minutes at this attraction. Tours are on the hour every hour from 11am -5pm. Laura our host spoke fluent English and was available throughout the tour to answer any questions. Great for all ages, some interactive technology around the walkways which creates an interesting mix of archeological remains with new visual technology. There are toilets at the attraction. The building is locked once you are inside so you can leave your bags at the start point and collect them again when you exit. Well worth the visit.
Written June 12, 2017
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Ann B
Boston, MA11 contributions
Solo
Very little is known about the Phoenicians, the mysterious sea-farers and merchants who spread out from Lebanon and came as far as Cadiz and North Africa about 3000 years ago. Most of the historical attractions in the South of Spain are focused on the Arabian heritage, or the Renaissance and Baroque, but this little gem of a place is a must for anyone with an interest in the history of the Mediterranean.

We walked right past the spot the first time, because we hadn't realized it is located within/under a local theater called El Teatro de La Tia Norica - all we saw were the posters advertising puppet shows and the like ! The settlement can only be visited by guided visit, every hour on the hour between 10 AM and 5 PM. You can put down your name for a given tour and then come back later at the appointed time. You are then led into a dark space that looks more like an avant-garde art gallery than a museum, and shown a 15 minute film. I thought it was extremely well done, very different from the usual droning of deep-voiced actors or interviews with fidgety scientists. It's essentially a mini-story based on CSI or cop shows, with two actors playing the roles of a forensic pathologist and her handsome but somewhat clueless boss. They have been alerted to the find of a skeleton and need to find out what happened. Using modern technology (rotating graphics, transparent screens) the forensic pathologist explains to her boss who the Phenicians were, where they came from and what they were doing in Cadiz. At the end, she concludes that the skeleton belongs to a 30-year old male with a skull abnormality and a broken leg, and that he probably died in a fire that devastated the Phoenician city of Gadir (Cadiz). And at that moment, the movie ends and a spotlight dramatically illustrates the actual skeleton, which is displayed in the floor of the tiny movie theatre. The movie is in Spanish, with subtitles.

The screen then rolls up and the settlement area is revealed. The visitors can walk over/across the archeological site, so you essentially look down through the glass floor and over glass railings. There are interactive screens (multi-lingual) that allow you to find out more about specific areas and shine additional spotlights on areas of interest. A big screen in the background shows recreations of life in Gadir. On top of that, the energetic young guide was available to answer questions couldn't resist giving an impromptu tour of the area. I was the only non-Spanish visitor in a group of 30 so I couldn't understand everything she said, but the screens and other signage were more than sufficient to get a sense of what the site had to offer. There were various houses, some roads, ovens, food storage areas with amphoras, a fish salting factory. For human interest, beside the above-mentioned skeleton, there were the remains of a cat found in an alleyway.

The visit is limited to about 50 minutes, because then the next tour starts, but that is sufficient to visit, marvel and enjoy.

In summary : if your idea of a historical site involves treasures of gold and jewelry, then this is not for you. But if you want to see some traces of one of the most mysterious civilizations of the Mediterranean world, then tear yourself away from the gold-plated altarpieces and Arabic tiles of Andalucia for one hour and visit this spot !
Written August 28, 2015
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Cadiz_lover
London, UK30,191 contributions
Couples
The entrance is at the Puppet theatre called "Teatro de Títeres de la Tía Norica" near the central market and round the corner from Torre Tavira. On day we visited you had a ticket for a timed entrance on the hour so worth passing and seeing if this system applies. The entrance was free (Nov 2015) and we entered with a group of about 12 people. The guide told us about the format of the presentation and spoke in English also. We proceeded down stairs to the audio visual theatre and watched a short 10 minutes video with English sub titles about the historical context of the museum. The screen rose at the end to show the underground main exhibition with glass bottomed walkway taking you around the perimeter. every so often you have a bi lingual plaque explaining more.
The excavations unearthed both Roman and earlier Phoenician discoveries. A reminder of the importance of Cadiz to trade. A visit to the nearby Roman excavations round the corner would give the visitor a real insight into ancient Cadiz.
Written November 27, 2015
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BigH Z
Delray Beach, FL152 contributions
Couples
We arrived in Cadiz by cruise. Since you only have one day to see city, we researched and found this FREE interesting stop. Gadir is a 3 thousand year old archeological Phoenician find. If you go on their website they have a short 10 minute review. Tickets are free just be there 10 minutes before the hour. You walk on glass so you can see the excavations. Each stop has a short narrative so you can understand the scene excavated. In Cadiz you will find many market places with restaurants and vendors. Most of the streets are very narrow and mostly cobblestone. You will find many new buildings between old buildings.We were told this city is 3 thousand years old.
Written July 30, 2017
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sonnofa
Buenos Aires, Argentina70 contributions
Couples
The city of Gadir was one of the oldest Phoenician settlements in the West. This archeological site shows different periods of a settlement. Walking by the site you would never realize what is inside. The site is completely enclosed in what looks like a museum.

The "tour" starts with a 12 minute video which is professionally done and informative. It looks like it may have been produced in English, then dubbed in Castellano, with English subtitles (at least during my visit) I understand the subtitles are based on first come, first served.

The screen then opens up and you are presented to the ruins. There are stations and multimedia experiences to learn about the site. The guides are on hand to answer questions as well. The experience is 45 minutes and you can duck out anytime you like.

You need to schedule the tour, as it is the only way to visit and is limited to 25 people at a time. I have posted the latest schedule with more details. Of course being in Cádiz, its free!
Written July 13, 2018
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HaNosseah
Basel, Switzerland251 contributions
Solo
The archeological site of the ancient Phoenician town of Gadir is fantastic. The entrance is on San Miguel, and there are "tours" every hour on the hour for most of the day. The tour begins with a short film in Spanish with English subtitles, after which visitors are free to view the remains of the Phoenician town on their own. There are numerous touch screens with explanatory texts in three languages strategically placed that can also be used to light up the object being viewed. The friendly guide is available to answer questions knowledgeably as you tour the site. Admission is free. Because of the touch screens and the the moveable screens that can home in on a particular object, the site is particularly interesting for children.
Written January 21, 2016
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Stanningley
Leeds, UK9 contributions
Couples
Tried to visit in April 2019 but disappointed to find it closed until further notice. We wandered around trying to find the entrance and there was a small note to the far end of the window. Many people were coming up to the building looking to get in but not seeing the notice.
Written April 11, 2019
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sjhHove
Hove559 contributions
This very interesting site is an excavation below the puppet theatre in a side street behind the main market. There are six tours a day. It's free but you MUST reserve a slot in advance at the box office. You then turn up 5 minutes before the time. Most tours are in Spanish but some are in English. However you don't really to do the English version as the 10 minute video is subtitled and the site is well signed in three languages. The site takes up a block and consists of Phoenician and Roman remains on what was the island of Cadiz. Streets, ovens, houses and a salted fish and garum factory. Small but fascinating. Recommended.
Written March 11, 2017
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Marie P
Leeds, UK114 contributions
For anyone, like ourselves, with an interest in ancient history it's a must. For anyone just looking for something interesting - it's also a must. It's short (1hr) but extremely well presented with very good interactive information points, and a very good guide to answer questions. The introductory film is good too - it gives a story/context to what you're going to look at, not just a load of dry facts. Just the fact that you're looking at things that are around 3000 years old (with some younger Roman remains) is amazing in itself. The fact that it's free is also amazing. You do need to book the tickets in advance of the tour you want to join (hourly from 10:00) and the box office is part of the puppet theatre (not to be confused with the puppet museum in a different part of Cadiz), but it's all quite straightforward. I only wish there were more of it - highly recommended.
Written October 18, 2016
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