At that stage of our Spain trip, we had been in the country for eight nights when we awoke in Seville on our final day there and were due to head south toward Cadiz for our next stop. By the time we walked to our breakfast spot, packed up, checked out and then retrieved our rental car from the public parking garage, it was past 11 AM when we set off for the drive south across the rolling countryside of this river valley (as shown on the map).
We had no problems leaving Seville and were soon cruising along on the AP4 superhighway. However, since we had booked accommodations in El Puerto de Santa Maria, across the bay from Cadiz, we veered off about half-way along onto the smaller A 471 highway at Las Catezas de St. Juan so we would not have to deal with traffic in the large city of Jerez de la Frontera. It was about 3 PM when we finally rolled into our Hotel Dunas Puerto, with Cadiz visible across the water.
Fondest memory: We left the Cadiz area the following afternoon, brushing past the other side of Jerez as we took the inland route over the mountains on the A381 superhighway. This was quite a scenic drive as the landscape became more rugged and windmill farms were popping up everywhere. It was too bad that we did not have time to stop to admire this part of Spain but, as we came within view of the Mediterranean Sea near Algeciras, I remarked what a fantastic looking rock island that was that I could see just off the coast. Suddenly, I realized that it had to be the Rock of Gibraltar! However, we did not stop and eventually reached our next overnight stop in Estepona by about 5 PM. Actually, we were so impressed with the peaks and Atlantic coastline in this part of Spain that, a few days later, Sue and I back-tracked part-way up this coast while overnighting in Tarifa and Vejer de la Frontera.
There are 2 main beaches in Cadiz, Plata de la Caleta, close to the old part of the city is a small beach used mostly by the locals, there's a cafe bar at either end of the beach but not much else. Playa de la Victoria is just a little outside the old city, is about 4km long has crystal clear water and plenty of cafe bars and resturants along the strip.
There are some great spots to enjoy a few beers while watching the sunset.
One of the best things about Cadiz has to be that there are blue sky days all year round, and even if it starts cloudy or misty by mid day it is often lovely and sunny.
Even if you come here in winter you will be able to enjoy the sunshine and even a walk along the beach front. There are generally just two seasons here summer and winter.
The temperatures never get down below freezing even at night. Although December, January and February can have some warm sunny days the nights can be cold:lowest about 5 degrees. In April the night time temperature will be about 17 degrees during the day and 12 at night. Summer starts around May, this is when the beach bars open and the beach services. The weather in July and August is very hot with temperatures even reach 40 degrees on some days. At night it is really pleasant though in bed it can feel really hot, even if you do nothing but sleep ;)
These temperatures don't take into account the humidity which is very high here often making winter feel colder than it is, especially with the strong winds. The winds here aren't bitterly cold at all, but they do feel cold on a February night. We have two winds a warm one and a cold one. You really feel the difference when it is the cold one.
The rainiest month has to be April, where you should be prepared for a strong downpour that not even an umbrella can save you from! It barely rains at all in July and August.
I think June is the most pleasant month to come to Cadiz. Not too hot and not too cold and not too busy.
From around March time you can experience heat waves, giving you a taster of summer and giving you the opportunity to get those white legs out. I remember in my first year here I got sunburnt in February!!!!
Oh, and I nearly forgot: IT NEVER SNOWS HERE! Only in the mountains in the south of the province.
This is Wilbur just after taking a bath. I found flying about in the wild in Cádiz. This is actually quite common now. Many parrots have escaped and started living wild. Unfortunately they are causing ecological problems.
These type of birds originate from south America and are VERY noisy creatures. They sound exotic though I'm not sure it's pleasant. It's more deafening!
In Cadiz you can sometimes see bigger parrots in Plaza Mina living in the wild. Try feeding the birds and see what happens.....
I love walking around the old narrow streets in Cadiz's historical centre. As I live in the new town by the beach it's great to go to the centre and enjoy the different atmosphere there and have a drink on a street terrace.
The photo was taken outside a little bar/restaurant near to the market. Although it didn't look like the cleanest place to eat it was a great place to stop and have a beer and watch the world go by.
Centro de Recepción de Turistas
Avenida Canalejas, s/n
- Tel.: (+34) 956 24 10 01 or 956 24 10 58
- Internet (some websites)
www.guiadelocio.com (leisure in Spanish)
www.guiadecadiz.com (leisure in diferent languafes)
- E mail: email@example.com
Yes, Cádiz is in Andalucía, but don't be afraid, it's not as hot as Sevilla or Córdoba in summer because it's by the sea. However, I must admit that from time to time, it's windy, very windy.
And for beaches:
These little reptiles are such wonderful creatures; they live in Cádiz and all over the south of Spain too. They are a very common sight all year round but especially in the summer months. There are two types of lizards type creatures that you may see, but this type is by far the cutest. Look at his little hands; he has little suction pads on them! These little creatures also have oscillating eyes too!
Don’t try and catch them because they are fast little critters and if you pull their tails they will fall off as a defence mechanism!
Sir Francis Drake also attacked the Spanish Armada here in the bay of Cadiz. For the three months following he either sunk or captured over 100 ships along the coast from Cadiz to Lisbon in Portugal.
It was also from Cadiz that Christopher Columbus sailed to the 'New World'.
Also as mentioned Napoleon fought here for the city, so it seems that a lot of well known people were in Cadiz at one time or another before me! :-)
Did you know that some of the James Bond Film 'Die another day' starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry was actually filmed here in Cadiz on Caleta Beach/Castillo de San Sebastian.
Also the English poet and writer Lord Byron (1788-1824) lived here for a while. He even wrote a poem about Cadiz titled 'Girls from Cadiz' in 1809.
It is also from here that Christopher Columbus saled on his second voyage to the 'New World'.
Cadiz became a bustling seaport under the Romans but then fell into decline until the 16th century when the 'New World' of America was discovered and ships sailed their trade from here. So much so that Sir Francis Drake attacked Cadiz when he wanted to control the trade to the Americas and he did hold of Napoleans army here.
The photo is of a Danish ship that was in the port for some kind of fair. It would have been busy with all these kinds of sailing ships at one time, however although this was an old ship with sails, hidden in the masts you could see their radar equipment!
Favorite thing: What i adore about this city - is that it 'has' a lot of water... if u are on the rigth time, and wind is comming from the sea, u are lucky, at least if u are from nothern countries, like me ;) because u dont have to beer this terrible heat, u can enjoy every minute there, like me ;)
This little rooms will be found all over the walls, and also something similar on some towers of the old houses that are also called GARITAS.
A lo largo de las murallas de Cádiz encontraras estas garitas y también en lo alto de algunas torres de las casa antiguas.
In that times it was not allowed to have more than one tower per house, but the owner of this one, cheated to have 4 in only one house, they are only connected by a corridor. This house is next to Plaza de España. I guess he must had been a rich merchant as more than a tower was luxurious
Next to it you can see another bulding with 5, but in that times it was five separate buildings.
This giant ficus are very old, and you can find 4 of them in Cadiz, two near La Caleta and the other two at Alameda Apocadaca
Hay cuatro ficus gigantes en Cadiz, 2 en al Caleta y otros dos en Alameda Apocada