“Cadiz is just stunning, wait till you see it.” – “Cadiz?! Oh, it is absolutely beautiful … You are going to love it, Elena.” So many people have told me about the beauty of my current travel destination, the city of Cadiz in the southwestern-most part of Spain, and I can only agree: It is just beautiful here. The unique location of the city, bordered on nearly all sides by the deep blue sea of the Atlantic Ocean, the heartwarming hospitality of the locals, their truly funny “gaditano” dialect embedded into more than 3.000 years of history – Wow. I have been here now for almost three days and still cannot stop taking it all in: The delicious food, the colours, the details and the happy local dialect, the exquisite tapas and endless sunny beaches ringing Cadiz. A sunset in La Caleta beach, the city’s most famous and iconic beach whereby the sun sinks into the sea as a huge red disk only to paint the city golden minutes before, may well cause an onset of romantic nostalgia. Wouldn’t you agree?
Cadiz is southern hospitality coupled with fascinating (art) history and excellent gastronomy. “The only thing we don’t have is work”, is what the locals tell me.
Indeed, what you hear lots here in Cadiz in the south of Spain is that work is scarce – which does not keep people from staying in Cadiz, though. The quality of life is high, which is what I notice even after a short while, and the network of families & friends makes people stay rather than risk more uncertain adventures elsewhere – but for how long, I wonder? I guess this is what many Spaniards wonder about, especially here in the south where unemployment currently reaches 40% (!) or more … Meanwhile, we take a walk through Cadiz, watch spontaneous street dance celebrations, enjoy our excellent tapas and the tasty local cuisine. Cadiz is an open book … which has already been written by Romans, Africans, Arab people and eventually Christians who have come to conquer and live in this beautiful city: Today still, every second building in Cadiz it seems is connected to the religious and cultural heritage of the city. Cadiz saw its heyday in the 18th century when foreign colonies delivered tons of goods from the New World: Formerly, one of the most important port cities in Europe, Cadiz has been able to maintain its charm to this present day and deeply fascinates me. After my creative culinary adventure trip in Galicia, I have now discovered and explored a new region in Spain which has me say: I really need to come back – soon!
You want to see more? Me too. 😀 Enjoy taking this walk through Cadiz and all its colours, aromas & people with me … !