Blogs from Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain, Europe


Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz December 18th 2020

November 6, 2019 Our transatlantic Royal Caribbean ship docked in Cadiz at 8AM giving us plenty of time for breakfast. Once again, to be on the safe side, we signed up for the ship tour, this time our last exploration of Spain: Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera. Booking the ship’s tour gave us assurity that the ship would not sail without us! The ship was scheduled to depart at 6PM which gave us ample time to explore a bit on our own before heading back to dinner aboard ship. Thankfully we left the ship well in advance of our 10AM tour, After a confusing and worrisome 10 minute walk from the ship’s dock, including asking many questions of anyone on the street, we finally found the location where we met our guide Jose to begin ... read more
Monument to Tio Pepe, by the Jerez Cathedral
Alcazar wall and octagonal tower, Jerez
Orange Boulevard, Jerez

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz January 28th 2020

Our cruise ship Balmoral, part of the Fred Olsen fleet, sailed into Cadiz on 25th November. We were on our way back to the UK after a cruise to Madeira and the Canaries. We were up early for breakfast and off the ship just after 9am. We had a good walk through Cadiz city centre from the port to Playa La Caleta. There were super views of the Castle of San Sebastian built in 1706, at the end of a long causeway and also the Castle of Santa Catalina built in 1598. We walked along the promenade at Playa La Caleta and spent a pleasant time in Genoves Park. Then we continued along the sea front via Calle Honduras then cut through the city via the Central market to the Cathedral. The Cathedral visit was very ... read more
Cadiz plaza
Cadiz Plaza 2
Playa La Caleta

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz October 1st 2019

Well recovered from the journey to Puerto Santa Maria...all in all it's such a short train journey...but checking out of accommodation & checking in has all it's own individual idiosyncrasies that need to tie up so that we are not wasting time in stations etc. We have everything we need here to start off our new day in a new place. A little wander round the village to orientate ourselves, via the info centre & onto the ferry to Cadiz. Good weather...have to sit outside for the views..35mins across. Old town Cadiz was swamped with cruise ship that means blankets of therefore difficult to negoiate. Very Malta like with the buildings having similar galleries to those of Malta. So how did that work....the Spanish were in Malta too. We ventured into a few monumental ... read more
Santa Maria - Basilica Menor Nuestra Senora de los Milagros
Gothic ceiling
Castello de san marco

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz » San Fernando September 30th 2019

Very organized armed with our pre purchased train tickets we joined the masses on the streets of Seville & headed to the main train station. Looking forward to our next stop which is in the region of Cadiz at Puerto Santa Maria. The train trip was easy, comfortable & very clean. 1 & 1/2 hour ride through extremely dry countryside (through Jerez....have to go there). Not one piece was wasted...all being or just had been cropped. Plenty of Olive trees...& hello we find our Spanish 'Picual' variety growing at Gaddums Hill on the shelf here in Cadiz...good choice K&B! Many, many cotton fields. A very quiet port town, old in history & especially to us of interest was Christopher Columbus stayed here for 2 years & of course 'Santa Maria' was one of his 3 ships ... read more
Cotton fields
Malta like Galleries
Main entrance

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 29th 2019

Bonjour à tous, Enfin j'ai trouvé les paysages d'Andalousie tels que je les imaginais. Pour revenir sur l'hôtel d'hier au soir, il est ouvert depuis 1901, Winston Churchill, le roi Juan Carlos y ont dormis. Je n'avais jamais vu un parc d'hôtel aussi beau et aussi grand, la bâtisse à vraiment, de la classe du chic, le top, sans avoir vu le prix sur un site de réservation, je ne serais jamais entré. La nuit, diner, pdj, parking, 72e. Je vais reprendre l'expression québécoise, les chambres ont besoin de, beaucoup, beaucoup d'amour. Elles n'ont pas dues avoir beaucoup de travaux depuis mes illustres prédécesseurs. Dommage ce contraste. Je n'ai pas l'explication, sur le fait qu'hier je vous disais que le phare à Europa Point était le plus au sud d'Europe, alors que ce matin j'étais à ... read more
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le pont de la Constitution

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 22nd 2019

After another sea day we arrived in Cadiz, Spain. It is on the Atlantic coast and is one of the oldest cities in Spain in the Andalusia region of the country. As we approached the dock we saw a very familiar sight. The P&O ship Oriana was in port. We sailed on her in 1997 from Great Britain to Honolulu via the Panama Canal. That was our first time thru that feat of engineering. We met some lifelong Australian friends on that cruise and are still in touch with them these many years later. In Cadiz we decided to take our own walking tour of Cisco Antigua, the old walled quarter of the city. We have been to Cadiz numerous times and we always enjoy strolling the winding alleys and green plazas and visiting the large ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 14th 2019

1 more day on board arcadia! i'm feeling quite reflective and melancholy today. sad to be leaving this beautiful ship that has been my home for the past 75 nights. the arcadia has kept me safe and well fed. it was arcadias birthday the other day. she celebrated 14 years on the 12th of april. the pastry chef made a beautiful replica of the ship in a cake, and that evening they held a huge birthday party for her in the globe disco. there weren't any balloons but we all had glow sticks wrapped around our heads and arms, and anywhere else you could coil a glow stick around. :) today we are heading north in the atlantic ocean alongside the west coast of spain having left cadiz yesterday at 5 pm. i am writing to ... read more
mary from scotland, tony from cheshire
black and white night

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz April 2nd 2018

We walked through the pouring rain in early morning Jerez. The streets were quiet. The population was sleeping off the late night start to Holy Week. We boarded the train for Cadiz, which had few passengers on this early start on a Sunday morning. Despite 90% of the seats being empty, we found our compulsory reservations occupied by 2 American seaman who appeared to have been on an alight bender in Seville. As both appeared worse for wear and alternative seats were in plentiful supply, we sat elsewhere. The ticket conductor never appeared and our interlopers left the train a few stops before Cadiz. The rain continued to lash down. The approach to the city featured Peurta Real, from where Jerez exported their sherry in the day. As the railway station was underground, it was impossible ... read more
Cadiz City Walls
Plaza De Espana, Cadiz
Gran Teatro Falla

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz October 15th 2017

Malaga was our next port and this makes the fourth time here. We headed to a jewelry shop where I wanted to buy a mother-of-pearl necklace like the one ML bought on our first stop but on reflection I adhered to my mantra “Subtract, don’t add”. We strolled around the city window shopping and I was particularly intrigued by the beautiful paving stones of marble. They provide a comfortable walking surface that I enjoyed after all the cobblestone sidewalks. We stopped at the same cafe and enjoyed our chat with a young Russian woman and a slightly older Brit gentleman. They met a couple of years ago and have been travel companions since, more like friends according to him. Four years ago he quit his job and bought a boat. Now he has a coffee business ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Cádiz June 5th 2017

Another city of small laneways but not so big that it becomes a problem. I.e. fairly easy to navigate around. Our apartment was comfortable if a little on the small side especially the bathroom. Strictly one at a time here. First up was a walk along the beach to get over a couple of hours in the car. Lovely sand and coolish water. Quite strange to find a public building built out over the sand at this relatively small patch of beach right near the old town area. What it did though was to provide a shade area for those looking to not go too hard on the suntan - i.e. the two of us! A walk around the Cadiz old town area you can see the history from Roman times right through Muslim invasions and ... read more
Pretty - so are the flowers.
The Cakes of Cadiz - yum.
Camera Obscura

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