Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Cafe Royalty, a jewel in the center of Cadiz

Cadiz, what a beautiful city! More than three quarters surrounded by the sea with very nice beaches and walking areas all along.

This city is the lower end of the Jerez (Sherry wine) region. In this area are located the famous towns of Jerez de la Frontera (another Andalusian jewel) and Sanlúcar de Barrameda (where the Guadalquivir river joins the sea separating the city from the Natural Park of Doñana).
In this region the different types of Sherry wines are produced, depending on where the cellar is: Fino (from Jerez de la Frontera), Manzanilla (from Sanlúcar de Barrameda), Amontillado, Palo Cortado, Oloroso and other local names. These wines are classified as "Generosos"(or fortified) wines since  they have a higher percentage of alcohol, other examples are Porto wines, Banylus, Madeira, etc. In any bar where you stop in these towns , they serve them directly out of small barrels, having several types and brands for you to select, which makes it quite complicated if you are not local

The Cafe Royalty is a jewel in the center of Cadiz, 2 minutes walk from the Cathedral.
Dated 1912 it was a gathering place for the city with concerts and many cultural activities, had to close during the Spanish civil war and was forgotten, it even became a warehouse at a certain point. In 2008 the family Serna Martín bought it and had it restored with artisans and specialists that followed exactly what it was in 1912, it took 4 years to refurbish and finally in 2012 it reopened to the public.
Here are some pictures for you to enjoy

the square outside of the Café Royalty

my "montadito"-snack at the Café Royalty

one of the good sherries

walk around the sea side in Cadiz
beaches in Cadiz

bar with Jerez barrels in a square in Sanlúcar de Barrameda

flor de azahar (orange blossoms) in the square of Sanlúcar de Barrameda

fountain and statue in the square outside of the jerez bar

Sanlúcar de Barrameda at sunset
view of Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda at sunset