I’m doing something a bit different and writing a re-cap in parts instead of one huge post.
Easter is the Cadillac of all holidays in Spain, which means that businesses close down in the week leading up to Easter Sunday. Thanks to this, my bf had a 4-day weekend, and of course my digital work made it possible for me to go too. Scrambling for a long weekend away from our home in Malaga, we booked tickets to Cadiz at the recommendation of many friends. Our trip to the province was pleasantly surprising, and I have been excited to write about it since.
Cadiz was NOT what we expected– I mean this positively and negatively. The city itself was a disappointment to both of us. There was some interesting architecture, but it lacked the charm that Malaga has. We arrived in the province at 12:30 and spent our first evening there, taking tapas to go and running between the Holy Week processions.
We had an airbnb in El Puerto de Santa Maria, which we realized literally on the train that it was 30 minutes away from the city center of Cadiz. The combination of that and the disappointment that was Cadiz made me think on the first night, How are we possibly going to spend 3 more days here? But don’t worry! No te preocupes! The rest of the trip was delightful as we explored the rest of the province. Sunday night on the train, I was exhausted but so pleased that we decided to explore southwestern Spain. If you’re interested in visiting yourself, I have more information after the fun travel log I’m sharing next!
A slow Maundy Thursday in Cadiz
My boyfriend and I explored the city in the classic way we always do- by wandering. For me, a trip has not begun unless I’ve eaten ice cream. So that was the inaugural event. Ice cream & architecture, always. I wish I had something more compelling to write, but all we did was eat and explore. The city was congested and difficult to navigate because of the Semana Santa processions taking placing throughout the major streets. Nevertheless, we visited all the cathedrals and churches and stopped in multiple tapas bars for random food throughout the day.
A truly Good Friday – Cycling in El Puerto
Friday was a mega-improvement from Thursday. Thursday we were exhausted from waking up at 6:30 to be on a train for 5 hours. Thursday night we got some sleep and woke up ready to give Cadiz a second chance. Our awesome AirBnb host, Maria, gave us some ideas to plan the rest of our days. She told us about the natural park called Parque de los Toruños right there in El Puerto! We took a bus to the park, rented two bikes, and rode around the wetlands and beach for a couple hours. When our bike rentals were due back, we walked. It was absolutely gorgeous, unexpected, and turned out to be our favorite activity. We took our own food, so we were eating sandwiches, bananas, and cookies throughout the day. Few things in life rival cookies on the beach. Just saying. The beautiful cover photo for this post was taken on our bike ride. ❤
Fun fact- Cadiz is on the Atlantic Ocean, which is what I’m used to at home! The terrain and weather really reminded me of that of the Carolinas.
When we finished the bike ride, we caught a bus back to our neighborhood and bought basic pasta, sauce, olives, and canned tuna for dinner. Due to the holidays, yet again, the town was congested with very full restaurants. We were too tired to deal with that, so we bought the basics to cook in our AirBnb. At the time, I was pretty grouchy about it, but it was the best choice. Also super cheap.
Getting real: Here are the boring details I promised! Unless you are in the area, I would not recommend a trip just for these cities. Andalucian towns like Granada, Sevilla, and Malaga are tourist cities for a reason. However, it was a nice getaway for us as local Malaguenos. 😉 We scheduled our time blindly just to get out of our city for a long weekend, and in the end it was very worth it. (Which is why I’m sharing with you!) But if you’re a tourist visiting Spain for a couple weeks, def spend your time in the other cities. I would not recommend making a trip to Cadiz for this.
Getting there: Sometimes living in Andalucia without a car sucks. There are many pueblos or villages that are impossible to reach without a car, and while we were able to take trains to Cadiz, it was certainly not a direct trip. We took a train from Malaga to Sevilla, and went to Cadiz from there. The trip there took a total of 5 hours and the trip back took roughly 4.
Coming tomorrow- our beach day in Rota!