05 Jun Get Ready for the Beach this Summer!
The beach in Cadiz…
For most anyone who comes to Cadiz, they will go to the beach. The fine sands of La Costa de la Luz and light blue waters of the sea are hard to resist – as is the picturesque setting of la Playa de la Caleta, with all of its row boats and its lighthouse. All in all, Cadiz boasts over 8km of sandy beaches. The city’s location by the sea has always been fundamental to its existence. It was founded millennia ago by the Phoenicians, a civilization that expanded by sailing throughout the Mediterranean. In fact, Christopher Columbus set sail for the Americas from here several times. Nowadays, most any restaurant or tapas bar in which you might find yourself will surely have fresh fish, as it is a major staple of la dietagaditana. Anyway, back to the beach in Cadiz.
Going to the beach is central to studying abroad in Cadiz. That being said, it is important to have some beach vocabulary at the ready. So, without further ado, here are some tips and good words to know for beach going in Cadiz.
El protector solar
Whatever you do, make sure you wear sunscreen to the beach in Cadiz. I know it sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how burnt people get here. In looking at the UV Index for the next week, every day it will be an 8 (very high). You’ll be here for about a month, and I promise you’ll get as tan as you hope. Just take it slowly! You don’t want to be mistaken for a lobster by the locals.
Meaning: easterly wind
El levante can wreak havoc on beach goers. Of course, because Cadiz is a beach town, a breeze always persists. However, el levante is a particularly strong wind and it whips sand everywhere. For example, last week I tried to eat a sandwich on the beach one evening, and I’m pretty sure I ended up eating as much sand as bread. Apparently, this summer is supposed to be very windy. I have found a couple combatant methods against el levante, though. The first is that you should apply sunscreen before going to the beach, rather than at the beach. This way your sunscreen will have time to dry and you won’t end up with mass amounts of sand stuck all over you. Second, the beaches here have many walls by which you can sit. Even if you find a small wall that doesn’t seem like it will do any good, it will help out a lot and make things much more comfortable.
Bringing a cooler to the beach is always a good idea. Laying in the sun all afternoon can be dehydrating, and that calls for a refreshing drink. But wait, you’re studying abroad. Of course you didn’t have room to pack your cooler. Duh. Well, the good news is that there are always vendors walking up and down the beach in Cadiz selling water, Coca-Cola, Fanta, tinto de verano, and cerveza for 1€. Additionally, the beaches in the new part of Cadiz are riddled with beachside bars and restaurants.
Meaning: farmer’s tan
This phrase literally translates as “bricklayer’s tan.” It’s unlikely that you’ll develop a moreno albañil here, but you never know! If you’re bored or just want to relax, don’t lay around in bed – go to the beach! How many other opportunities will you have to spend a month in a beach town in the South of Spain?
While you can always see the sunset no matter where you are in the world, there is something special about watching the sun set over the ocean. There are tons of great spots where you can take it in. Come to Cadiz and find yours!