Warm and windy; Cadiz. Saturday 7th August.

Island Wanderer
Peter and Avril Brookes
Sat 7 Aug 2010 18:50
The easterly wind arrived yesterday morning. We decided to abandon sailing for Gibraltar before Monday and will take Vicky to the airport by car. As winds topped 30knots today in the shelter of the marina, we feel we made the right decision!
Instead we are enjoying a mini break in the beautiful Bay of Cadiz. Despite the wind it is extremely hot and so yesterday all but Pete went to the beach and cooled off in the sea. Peter and Avril then took the bikes into El Puerto de Santa Maria, the nearby town. We couldn't locate the town centre, and it was too hot to try for too long, but we were pleasantly suprised by the lovely cycle route all the way into town. Bordered by oleander and hybiscus, all in flower, it was very attractive, and completely traffic free. Part of the route skirted round the edge of a large pine forest with shaded walkways and picnic areas. We finished the day with cocktails on the marina edge in a very plush cocktail bar!
Today we decided to go into Cadiz on the ferry. Like the rest of the Spanish/Portuguese public transport that we have tried, the ferry was spot on time, very convenient and very cheap.
        Looking towards Cadiz across the Bay of Cadiz                                                          Looking back to the marina
Cadiz was a brilliant! It was a mixture of very old and more modern. There was shopping a plenty for the girls, and shaded Italianate walk ways and gardens which thoroughly appealed to Avril. Cadiz occupies the very edge of a peninsula, which Pete and Avril walked around.
  Cooling down in the shade                                                                                Walkway out the the northern most part of the peninsula
 On the one side, exposed to the Atlantic, are the castles and fortifications which couldn't prevent Nelson from wiping out the combined Spanish and French fleets.
On the other side, great for afternoon walks, the marble and stone walkways with ornate gardens looking over the Bay of Cadiz.
Cadiz offers a variety of opportunities to observe the wildlife!
Perfect for keeping cool in the heat of the afternoon.