Cassandra and I began our day with some leisurely sightseeing. We took in the Plaza de España and the Monument to the Constitution of 1812 that signifies the city’s independence from Napoleon Bonaparte’s French occupation. There is a wonderful array of shops interwoven among the winding backstreets that filter into beautiful open air plazas. The architecture is a striking tapestry of Moorish and European style. Cadiz enjoys a lush Mediterranean climate and is a popular winter abode for many residents of the United Kingdom. Even in December, we enjoyed sunny temperatures in the 60’s.
Our friends Isabella & Micko both relocated from the UK to a beautiful Andalusian village a few hours north of Cadiz. They drove in for the day to meet us for lunch and show us around. Our first stop was Terraza, a brilliant alfresco bistro in the Cathedral Square. Spanish wine is very underrated and we enjoyed a superb Spanish white to accompany our Tapas of Jamon, Chorizo, chicken, aubergine in honey, fried squid, black pudding and Spanish salad comprised of tuna and eggs. Local musicians serenaded us with traditional Spanish folk tunes. We happened to be there during a Sunday festival and the square was particularly lively.
After lunch we enjoyed seeing traditional Flamenco dancers and soaked in some culture before embarking on a Sherry tasting tour. Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes in the nearby municipality of Jerez de la Frontera. The wine is aged for a minimum of three years in oak casks and has about 17.5 percent alcohol content upon maturation. Our favorite batch was produced at Taberna La Sopresa. The charming staff went out of their way to explain the nuances between varieties of homegrown vermouth and limeta. They even let us sample Sherry directly from the tap!
Our day in Cádiz was quite enjoyable and we wish we could have spent more time with our friends… but we had to get back to the ship. Hopefully we’ll make it back someday. Adios, Cádiz!
– Sean Rox, roxbeach.com