Cadiz

The Scotsman - - TRAVEL & OUTDOORS -

Fri­day, mid­day

Cadiz is fa­mous amongst Spaniards as a beach des­ti­na­tion so check in by a gor­geous sweep of At­lantic sand at lux­u­ri­ous Melia Sancti Petri ( doubles from £ 150, www. melia. com).

1pm

Head into Cadiz and a tapas lunch around the Mer­cado Cen­tral, which has re­cently been bril­liantly re­fur­bished to be­come a real foodie mag­net.

2: 30pm

En­joy a wan­der around an old town alive with the ghosts of the Phoeni­cians and Ro­mans in what is said to be Europe’s old­est city.

4pm

Cadiz is awash with grand ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal build­ings. The most im­pres­sive is Cadiz Cathe­dral, a real hotchpotch of styles. Make sure to climb one of the bell tow­ers for epic views.

8pm

Dine al fresco back at the Melia in Agua. Try the lo­cal grilled lan­goustines sim­ply grilled fol­lowed by sea bass cooked in a salt crust, washed down with a crisp Cadiz Prov­ince white wine, be­fore a stroll along the beach.

Satur­day, 9am

Drive to Puerto de Santa Maria to ex­plore the sherry tra­di­tion at Os­borne, a bodega with rich lay­ers of his­tory.

Mid­day

Seafood is the star in this part of the world. Or­der the fried hake spe­cial­ity at Casa Paco Ce­bal­los ( Calle Rib­era del Marisco). A medium por­tion will suf­fice as the racions are mas­sive.

1: 30pm

Catch the ferry across to Cadiz old town to ap­pre­ci­ate its spec­tac­u­lar set­ting sur­rounded by the At­lantic on three sides, hint­ing at its glo­ri­ous mar­itime past.

3pm

Sift through the myr­iad lay­ers of Cadiz’s story at the Mu­seum of Cadiz. Ro­man rem­nants rub shoul­ders with fine arts, with paint­ings by Miró.

7pm

Choose be­tween the seafood res­tau­rant and the tapas bar at El Faro de Cadiz ( www. el­far­o­decadiz. com).

Sun­day, 9am

Laze by one of the ho­tel swim­ming pools or en­joy a dip in the At­lantic just out­side. ■

Robin Mck­elvie

Easyjet fly to Seville ( www. easyjet. com) from Ed­in­burgh with re­turns from £ 124.22. A car is the best mode of trans­port. Hol­i­day Au­tos can ar­range

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