I didn’t know what to expect from Cadiz as this was a destination I knew very little of. I am someone who likes to turn up to a place and just explore, rather than research places and make a detailed plans for exploring.
As with the other destinations we visited on the Oriana, there was a helpful factsheet in the cruise welcome pack that I took ashore, also tourist information just off the ship provided us with a well illustrated map of the local points of interest.
We decided to talk a walk around the outskirts of Cadiz, exploring the Castillo de San Sebastian and pretty cathedrals that looked beautiful in the sunshine this Sunday 1st March.
Having spent so much time in Spain over the past 10 years, I took my travelling companion to sample some Spanish coffees. After the sunshine I think this is what I miss most about Spain. We found a traditional Spanish cafe just along a main road and sampled my favourite coffees, a ‘Café bon bon’, an expresso coffee layered with condensed milk, and a ‘café cortado’, my favourite coffee which is a expresso dashed with a little milk. Unlike British coffee shops, Spanish coffee is very cheap usually around €1-€1.50. Whichever Spanish town you visit, it’s a must to take half an hour and try some, even just for a picture for instagram!
It was quite a quiet day in Cadiz being a Sunday, all until midday arrived. All of a sudden thousands of townsfolk appeared in fancy dress, singing, dancing and entertaining on the streets, we had visited on a fiesta day, a great stroke of luck.
The Spanish certainly know how to enjoy themselves when it comes to community events and local fiestas. They have a whole host of traditions and bank holidays that differ from the UK and boy do they know how to celebrate them.
The streets were packed out in the centre of Cadiz which made us explore the backstreets and alleys, all packed with restaurants, shops and small town squares. Cadiz is a beautiful Spanish town that is very traditional, not overly commercialised or touristy. It’s quite a small place that is easily walkable. I do like visiting somewhere and being able to see the whole town in one go.
You will have a nice day if you visit Cadiz on a cruise. Away from the overly tourist orientated towns, this is a nice relaxing taster of beautiful, peaceful coastal Spain at its best.
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