• Captain Ian

Cadiz, Jerez & Rhonda, May 22, 2022

After two trying but uneventful day sails from Culatra to Mazagon and then on to Cadiz, we settled into a few days of sightseeing as well as hunkering down for a big blow that was expected to engulf Cadiz. Before exploring the historic town of Cadiz, we had a date to see the famous dancing horses at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez. The show exceeded all expectations with horses and riders performing challenging movements faultlessly.

We then drove our little hire car inland to the picturesque hilltop town of Ronda, where buildings have been built impossibly close to a jaw dropping cliff face. Ronda was a delight to visit and offered gorgeous views of the surrounding national parks. The drive out there was lovely too.

We spent the next day on the boat, rarely stepping out as a 40 knot Easterly wind had blown in. It was a good opportunity to get a few boat jobs done, however the dust that came with the wind would turn out to be a nightmare to clean off. The next day the wind had settled a little which gave us the opportunity to explore the 3000 year old city of Cadiz. As the primary port for ships returning from the Newfoundland, Cadiz gathered great wealth which can be seen in its cathedrals, and fortifications. Prior to this, Cadiz was an important port for the Roman empire. In recent years a Roman Amphitheater was uncovered during excavation of an inner city block. The moors have also left their mark on the city. However it is the narrow streets, the town squares, the beaches & the manicured parks that we enjoyed most. Particularly after about 8pm when families come out with their kids to enjoy a drink and Tapa's. The streets come to life....



Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art














Rhonda













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