one of the least well known of the spanish cities -built on the atlantic coast, its crumbling buildings are reminiscent of havana. fishermen line the coastal walls to catch their daily fish ; you must visit the fish and fruit market – slightly spoiled through recent renovation, but still a wonderful sight to see the whole slabs of fish. wander through the many stalls of locals selling their freshly picked home grown herbs and veg – anything from camomile flowers, chestnuts, sage flowers to wild asparagus. its great to see that market life is still in abundance, when in many cities, the growth of the supermarkets has killed local trading. i love the fact that spain still has shops that solely sell one thing – scissors and knives, tobacco and cigarettes. its also a great place to buy the typical flat soled espadrilles – nowadays everyone seems to make them with high wedges. our favourite restaurant is el faro – faded old school tradition and a bit more sophisticated, its your chance to dress up and leave behind the flip flops. on your way out of cadiz, stop at their sister branch, el chato but purely to take a late afternoon swim.