Flight: London to Gibraltar, approx. 3 hours. I had an unsettling early morning flight having been sat next to an extremely drunk and rather intimidating group, out on their stag do. Adieu Monarch, can’t say I will miss you.
Gibraltar to Cadiz: approx. 1hr 40 mins by car
Stayed at: El Puerto, 10km outside Cadiz
Ate breakfast at: Bar Vicente, owned by 4 generations of the same family, next door to the local market so the perfect spot for people watching. Had a traditional breakfast of Pan con tomate with coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice for only 4 Euros. Could sit there every day.
Visited: Cadiz, ferry crossing to Cadiz from El Puerto takes 25 minutes and costs 2.65 Euros one way. The central market sells fish like you have never seen, but go early as they close early. Have to confess I struggled with the sharks
Street food– plenty of choice surrounding the market, I settled for La Taperia de Lula, don’t miss it! They certainly know how to cook the most delicious regional dishes including Arroz Negro– rice with squid ink.
Swam at: Las Redes, the best and longest stretch of beach, perfect for swimming and walking but very full at the weekends.
Excursion: Sanlucar de Barrameda. All that you would expect from a traditional, white Spanish Village: sun washed central square, bars, cafe’s and ice cream parlours. Some lovely historic sites here as well.
Drink: sherry out of the cask at Bodegas Obregon and why not have a small tapas whilst your at it
Buy: Tejas ( Tile biscuits) flat , handmade almond biscuits to die for from Cien Palacios- it’s all they do and they come in beautiful tins. A fan from the market if you really want a piece of Spain to take back home.