Last week I took a lengthy walk around Cádiz. I love this place so much I had absolutely no clue what I was in for when I got here. Ever since that day the smile hasn’t left my face. I brought my camera with me to try to show y’all the magic that is Cádiz.
Red Vespa. It doesn’t get any more typical than the red Vespa.
Colored pants and a nice hat; tools to success here in Cádiz.
Then there are the times when the delivery truck comes and you think the mirror will take your head or shoulder off because the sidewalk is only a foot wide.
Cold weather means less people hustlin’ and bustlin’ in the plazas. This one is near La Falla.
Speaking of the Falla! Oh and hey look- another red Vespa.
The beer of Andalusia- the Cruzcampo truck can usually be seen zoomin through the narrow streets of Cádiz.
Parque Genoves. The “Central Park” of Cádiz. Conveniently located between the Atlantic Ocean and my classroom- I take a lot of walks here between classes.
An abandoned theater project lies at the center of the park, it is home to seemingly hundreds of stray cats.
The park is littered with cool fountains and statues all in their own unique little plazas.
If you are thirsty grab a beer or a coffee from the aptly named “Cafe Bar El Parque”.
Just whatever you do- watch out for dinosaurs.
If you can manage to make it past the dinosaurs, you can take a walk through a cave, under some waterfalls, and advance to the highest point in the whole park.
Looking west at the Atlantic Ocean.
Some flowers and another dinosaur and I am out of the park. I continued my walk down the boardwalk next to the ocean.
Pretty cool right? This Baluarte was constructed in 1672.
Here you can see how the old fortress walls are incorporated into the city today. Some of the walls, for example in the Barrio del Populo- date back to 1330. You read that right.
Hiding behind these old wooden doors are fully functional businesses! I went along the boardwalk until I arrived at La Punta de San Felipe. We call it la punta for short. This is one of the main centers of the nightlife in Cádiz. Located on a little finger of land jutting out into the bay is a row of clubs. Above the clubs is a huge boardwalk usually teeming with hundreds of Spaniards by night. It is traditional here to bring your bottles to the boardwalk, pregame, and then enter the discotecas that are situated directly below your feet.
Having checked out la punta in daylight for the first time in 4 months it was then time to head for home.
I think I will have a crib here someday.