Destination Spain Cadiz

Still heading South and now in the Cadiz Province, the southern half of the Costa de la Luz. That reaches from the mouth of the region's biggest river, the Guadalquivir, to the Strait of Gibraltar, and is blessed with the best string of beaches in Andalucia and which are still under developed.
I started near the port of Chipiona and found wild camping close to beach.

It is the 4th time I have been in this neck of the wood's and the 5th road trip in Spain and still a lot more to see..........

Sunset at Chipiona

Local knowledge from my good Spanish friend I was with yesterday, last night she sent me details of a nice spot to wild camp. So early this morning I headed across town and made camp. The beach is called La playa de las Tres Piedras on Calle Gaviotas. N36°42.069' W006°25.589'
There are a few bar's with toilet' s that are avalible to use. There are also toilets on the beach. Here I can set up the outside room at the back of the van to shower. Huelen rico!
The beach here is clean, and there was a small group of cleaners this morning walking the beach. However can not say the same for the area around, there is rubbish every were, shame as this is a very nice spot And must have come from the August holidays. There are no trees for shade, but there is a breeze and having the side and back doors open helps keep it cool inside.

After a lovely sunset last night due to some cloud cover and facing West makes this idea location to watch senset's. This morning woke up and the sky was clear. It was also windy, the Costa de Luz is known for being windy and the Atlantic waters were chopy. Windsurfers where making the most of it!
I cycled to town to get some cash and supplies, it's a 3k bike ride ,bit of a dirt trail, cycle path and back on the road near the town. On the way back the small group of cleaners were having a tidy up along the trail to the beach. Good to see but they have there work cut out. I might go and join them

Beach cleaners at Playa de las tres Piedras

Poor horse with all that plastic! On the trail to the beach.

Nice to be living in shorts and walking bear feet. The beach is a nice and long, great for a walk. I walk along It at least twice a day.
Update: My gout - even with drinking beer, the pain has reduced, my diet is high in olive oil, fresh orange juice and fruit. Lot's of sun, walking bear foot also helps build the ligaments and posture, is what we are disigned to do.

Rota - North end of the bay of Cadiz has a Spanish naval station NAVSTA 1953
An area with strategic maritime importance over the centuries.
fully funded by USA
And is the largest American military community in Spain - Navy, Marine, US Army & Air Force.
From Playa de las Tres Piedras you can see many militry aircraft passing by, war ships to the left and cargo ships to the far right to and from the port/river mouth of Guadalquivir, with tourists in the middle. It's nice here but it's mostly Spanish families or couple's and I would have moved on to the more hippie hideaways and laid-back  places more South. That can wait till tomorrow as today "Saturday" my friend is coming here to meet me and is worth the wait to spend time together. It was worth the wait! She arrived with her girlfriends, always nice to meet people. We spent the day on the beach, lunch and chat. We went to cool bar with live band, right on the beach, met more people and they all very nice and happy to know I been travelling Spain and knowing the culture. After we went to the town of Cuervo just back in the Provonce of Savilla. Where my friend lives, we brought a mixture of fish and sea food. That I highly recommend, there was a small que outside the shop, always a good sign. Freiduria & Pescaderia. Pescaito frito y marisco. C/Fernando Camara 55 El Curvo.
Her friends were very simpatico. One invited me to stay at her house the night. She was very beautiful and had good energy. Also with  local knowlage of places to visit. We had a Spanish breakfast the next morning and chat before I headed off to Cadiz.

Cadiz or just Cad-i to the locals
Maybe the oldest city in Europe. Cadiz began to boom after Columbus's voages to the Americas. He sailed from hete on his second and fourth voyages. Cadiz attacted enemies too. In 1587 England's Sir Francus Drake did a raid on the harbour, delaying the Spanish Armada. Cadiz golden age was in the 18th century, with trade from the Americas. Loss of American colonies in the 19th century plunged Cadiz into a decline. But now with the number of visitors things should be on the up for Cadi.

Great for long walks Playa de las tres piedras

Cadiz is one of the first places I visited on main land Spain some years ago and was with my late brother John. So I have some good memories and good to re-visit this wonderful city. If you like Spanish colonial building and to be by the sea then this place is a must.

Cadiz/Cadi Could be Havana or Cartagena


Now continued South to a small white village Vejer de la Frontera up on the hill close to the sea, and were I am going after. A place my new friend said to go. But I feel I have been here before, will have to check though photos!

Lunch Vejer de la Frontera

Now back at the beach. At Los Canos de Meca only 10 minutes from Vejer. Sandy coves and hideaway's to explore. A lot more people this way travelling solo/independently.
 I'm in at a campsite - Faro de Trafalgar. Its the most expencive one on my travels! It's very close to the beach and you get a free braslet. But a chance to do my washing and charge all my batteries. Things also cost a bit more than what I have been use to paying for over the last month or so. Still it's a lot less than back in blighty and it's a lot sunnier.
There are two walks at Los Canos. One up to the Tower "Torre de Meca" and a two hour walk along the cost the other way. Both have beautiful views through pine trees and both start 150 mts up Avenida de la mar. Also worth exsploring on bicycle aroind Zahora at Los Canos end there are many small roads and you can find small bars and continue to the beach.

Cabo de Trafalga - it was off this cape that the Spanish naval power was terminated in a few hours one day in 1805 by a British fleet under Admiral Nelson.

Cabo de Trafalga

"If I keep driving South 50 more miles, I will be in Morocco"

The road from Vejer to Los Canos de Meca

View from the westside of Faro de Trafalga

Went for a bike ride to Zahora, not far back on the main road. After spending time walking around the Faro. I started to remember the time I was here with my brother John (could be 10 years or more ago) So the ride was to find the hotel and bar/resturant we visited and I found them both!!
The beach upto and around the light house is one of Andalucians top beaches. The trouble is, it can get busy. Trying to take photo's can be dangerous with nudists who apear at the point of taking a click! Also there are signs on many Spanish beach's saying no dogs €600 fine, but no one takes notice, and no one clears up the mess! Don't get me wrong, I highly recommend you visit here.

On the edge at the light house "Fero"

I continue South a bit more, I have 4/5 more days along the Costa de Luz. As Sunday I colloct Jodie from Malaga airport. Could do with some more books to read!

I am now in one of the most beautiful bay's in Spain "Bolonia" If it was good enough for the Romans, that it's good enough for me. This is a tiny village hidden on a beautiful bay, just up the coast from Tarifa. The Roman's gave us "Baelo Claudia" What the Maya gave Mexico Tulum. Both ruins are located on the beach. The ruins are free to enter if you are European, also you will need I.D, I did not have any and the nice lady let me in. The ruins include a theatre, temples and outher buildings with a great view of the beach. It was a busy trading in Roman times, it was the main port to monden day Tangier.

Wild camping - West end of beach, as you come in to the village turn left, past all the parking and follow the coast along to the last resturant and camping is on the left. N36°08.460' W005°51.172' 
On the way here I stopped at Barbate for supplies and Zahara de los Atunes for cash (I parked just along the coast and cycled to town) as there are no banks here and limited supplies. Also bring plenty of water for washing. There are some small shops that sell the necessaries and always good to support the small business owner over big's

At Bolonia there are no high rised buildings or Thomas Cook holidays here. 
You can see Morocco from here and camping over looking the beach and laid-back bar close by.

Baelo Claudia Roman ruins Bolonia.

Walked the big sand dune this morning, for some amazing views. Spain still offers lots of suprises.

Big sanit's dune Bolonia

The next morning got up early to see the sun rise. Then made my way to Tarifa, well to Playa de los Lances. The beach stretches 10k's from Tarifa, I have parked up about 1/2 way along. There are plenty of campsites around and places to park up for the night.
I'm wild camping at: 
N36°03.792' W005°38.792'
I also made a drive in to Tarifa for lunch (Beer and tapas) and a short walk around the old city. There is Campervan parking in the new part of town with water/waste €8 for 24 hrs parking. I parked near by, where there was other vans parked and it's only a short walk to the old city. 

Kitesurfing at playa de los Lances Tarifa

Can't travel anymore South or I will be in Morocco, only 14 k across the Straits of Gibralter.


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