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Merchants History Tour
9.60 / 10
14 reviews | 66 travellers
Very interesting visit to the Puerto de Santa Maria. Our guide María made us spend two great hours with her explanations and anecdotes.
10 Maria Pilar

Explore El Puerto de Santa María, the city where Christopher Columbus' first expedition to the Americas set sail from and discover the houses where the merchants lived.

Merchants History Tour

We'll meet at 11 am in the Plaza de Alfonso X El Sabio square and set off on our tour of El Puerto de Santa María in the 17th and 18th century. Are you ready to travel back in time? 

"Los cargadores a Indias", the merchants of the Americas, turned this city of Cadiz into one of the most important ports of export in the world. We'll find out all about this historic period as we visit the Castle of San Marcos, built on the site of an old Arab mosque, and the Palacio de Anaríbar, the home of one of the merchants.

We'll find out why El Puerto de Santa Maria is called the "city of a hundred palaces" as we stroll through the centre. We'll pass through the old customs house and head to the Iglesia Mayor Prioral church, where we'll find out about the Dukes of Medinaceli.

We'll also hear the stories of famous merchants such as Carvajal-Medrano, the Marquise of Candia and Admiral Valdivieso. In addition, the tour will take us to the Casa de los Leones, the House of Lions, and we'll find out why it's so significant.

The activity will end there at 1 pm. 

Covid-19 Measures

All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.

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Price

Adults Children between 5 and 11 years old Children under 5
US$ 23.90
Free
not permitted
  • Adults

    US$ 23.90
  • Children between 5 and 11 years old

    Free
  • Children under 5

    not permitted

More Information

Duration

2 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in english, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.

Included

English speaking guide.

When to book?

You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Digital voucher

Show the voucher on your phone to take part in the activity.

Accessibility

No, not advisable for people with reduced mobility.

Pet-friendly?

No.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

    Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

US$ 23.90
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Tourist Office, Plaza de Alfonso X El Sabio.