Next stop: Cádiz

So we left windy Tarifa after an early morning along the beach and a tasty brunch and drove to our first stop-over of the day: The dunes of Punta Paloma.

Although it was not the most pleasant weather to visit the dune at Punta Paloma (remember the stormy wind), I challenged the elements and took a few cool pictures while getting a free and painful peeling.

After successfully completing operation desert storm, we decided to spend a few hours at the beach (again despite the wind in the whole region). A more or less protected bay would be a must, which we found in Zahara de los Atunes. El búnker. Yes; an old bunker on the shore, which separates playa de los Alemanes and playa Atlanterra and offers just enough shelter to avoid the wind. As an added extra it has the clearest water we saw during all our trip. Definitely worth a stop.

Just before sunset we crossed the ocean (like Moses but with a car) and arrived in scenic Cádiz. We checked in at El Armador Casa Palacio, which is a beautifully restored 19th century house in the city centre with a vertical garden and the typical Andalusian patio.

Insider tip 1: If you consider going to the beach at Zahara de los Atunes do not forget to bring your own food and drinks. Extra points if your drinks are in a cooler filled with ice.

Insider tip 2: You could have dinner at many places in Cádiz. Do it like the locals and eat your raciónes directly at the counter. A good choice for food, quality and ambience is the restaurant Balandro.

Insider tip 3: Nightlife = El Populo with its narrow alleys and lots of bars.