Wednesday was our last full day in Cadiz. It was a grey, overcast day and a chilly breeze was blowing in off the Atlantic.
We had breakfast in the bookshop cafe around the corner from our hotel. Coffee and a pastry (very healthy!)
We had read that the large covered market was worth a visit so we strolled through the narrow streets, past the cathedral and found the market in a small plaza surrounded by cafe bars.
Quite a few of the stalls there were closed up, presumably because they don't do much trade in the winter. However, there were plenty of others open and most seemed to be doing a good trade. All of the central aisle was taken up with fruit and veg stalls. Piled high with bananas, oranges, papayas, melons, strawberries and lots of exotic looking fruits that we didn't recognise.
The next aisle was the fish section. My goodness, what a selection of wonderful fresh fish and shellfish, all glassy eyed and piled up on mountains of ice chips. Around the far edge of the market are all the meat and deli stalls. Again, all incredibly fresh looking.
I wanted to take a photo but didn't like to intrude so this is borrowed from the internet to give you an idea
We stopped at one of the cafe bars outside the market for a snack lunch and coffee and a spot of people-watching.
After lunch we walked across town to the far side of the promontory to take a look at the beach, La Caleta. It was still overcast and breezy and there was a group of hardy souls trying to surf, although the waves were not really big enough for that. There were cyclists, walkers and mothers with tots all out along the promenade. We sat on a bench and took in the view for a while.
Time for a siesta, so another long walk back to the hotel where I snoozed for a while.
That evening we
argued debated about where to eat. I was tired of tapas snacks and wanted a "proper" meal. P was not keen as he said that the only restaurants that would be open at 7 pm would be tourist traps. He finally agreed to take a stroll around the places we had passed earlier as I had noticed one that looked inviting.
I persuaded him to go in and take a look around. Inside it was done out in a style to match the building's history. No plastic tat. We were greeted by one of the most beautiful young women I have ever met, who showed us into a little dining area at the back. She was very chic and elegant with a stunning, warm, welcoming smile. I think P was hooked right there.
There were lots of enticing options on the menu. I chose the pheasant breast stuffed with figs and P had the slow-cooked suckling pig. Both were gorgeous.
The chef came out to ask if we enjoyed our meal and we chatted with him in our very sub standard Spanish. He was a very cheerful and charming young man who was originally from Gran Canaria so we spoke a little about our time living in Tenerife.
After our meal the lovely young lady presented us with a plate of two sublimely light and oh so delicious profiteroles. Heavenly.
By the time we left the main dining room was full so it must be a popular place to eat.
We strolled around for a while enjoying the street vibes before heading back to the hotel for a coffee.
It seems there was a big football match on that evening as a big screen had been set up in the bar as well as the usual TV in the corner. There was a family of five and two couples watching but they drifted away after a while. We were left alone with our coffees and complimentary turrones (small almond paste cakes).
I am going to need to lose some weight now.
The café you found for your last evening meal looks absolutely perfect. The sort of place we used to seek out, knowing that the food, service and atmosphere would be good. We always tried to eat where the locals did.ReplyDelete
Glad you had a good time and found some winter sunshine.
Thanks CG . we are back to sleet and snow this week!Delete
That sounds like a quintessential experience at a real Cadiz restaurant. I have still not checked exactly where Cadiz is. Mana.ReplyDelete
It's down the bottom at the pointy end.Delete
It seems that in your short break you got a real sense of Cadiz. I hope that Lord Peregrine apologised for trying to block your restaurant meal idea. Was the menu in English or was your Spanish sufficient to read it?ReplyDelete
P quite enjoyed the restaurant meal once he had discovered what a great place it was. The menu was in Spanish but we managed to understand most of it.Delete
You sound to have had a delightful break. Hide and scales for a week or two and make lots of salads.ReplyDelete
Salads - in January! Brrr...Delete
Sounds like a great trip.ReplyDelete
Hi Patricia. Thanks for commenting. Yes, we enjoyed a little sun and warmer temperatures than here. Back to normal wet and windy now.Delete
I like the sea and beach photos in particular. Oh to be able to fly South for the Winter and rent somewhere away from our horrible climate.ReplyDelete
That would be good wouldn't it. Sun, sea and no rain.Delete
What a lovely getaway you had, JayCee. I wonder where your next adventure may be?!ReplyDelete
I am not all that keen to travel far anymore but P is already thinking about another trip.Delete
That did indeed look like a meal worth going to Cadiz for. Do you think they would let a refined feline dine there? I could break out a bowtie for the occasion. xxx Mr T (We have enjoyed your tour of Cadiz and might add it to the growing list of places to visit.)ReplyDelete
We didn't see many felines there , Mr T, but there were LOTS of large K9s, on leads. You nay need an armoured Burro if you visit.Delete
What a great trip! Thanks for sharing with us. Great photos!ReplyDelete
Thanks Bob. It was a very pleasant interlude.Delete
Do you speak Spanish? The last time I was in Spain I went into a shop to buy a few slices of Ham, and spoke in a mixture of French, Latin, and something that sounded Spanish. Amazingly the woman went directly to her machine and sliced the Ham for me. I was amazed; so was my son!ReplyDelete
I studied languages at school but only to A Level standard. Living in Tenerife helped as well.ReplyDelete
How lucky you are to be able to take a mini break in Cadiz. It's a long way from Oz! But I'm planning a trip to Spain in May!! I was last in Cadiz in March 2018 (so my blog tells me - what would I do without it?) The weather was not good, windy and stormy, but we had a lovely tapas-style lunch in a place called La Taperia. You've reminded me I must work on my Spanish.ReplyDelete
It will all come flooding back to you once you get there.Delete
Beautiful beach views. (I always preferred looking at the sea from land rather than being in or on it...)ReplyDelete