Cadiz is one of the lesser known 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 and wonderful array of produce. 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, dried fruit and nuts, ribbons and trimmings. its also a great place to buy the typical flat soled espadrilles – nowadays everyone seems to make them with high wedges. a lovely square to stop by is plaza de Mina, with its beautiful array of trees.
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. there is a lovely flamenco restaurant , Pena Flamenca, just through the arch to the San Sebastian castle that is a lovely place to stop and take a sherry and tapas.
on your way out of cadiz, stop at the sister branch of el Faro, el chato – but purely to take a late afternoon swim.