I have news for all you weather buffs (anoraks?). Hurricane Sandy started here in Puerto de Santa Maria, or possibly just snuck over for a visit on the quiet. It is soaked to the skin in under a minute weather. The site is called Camping Playa Las Dunas and is close to a lovely big sandy deserted (but note weather) beach, and a short ferry trip away from Cadiz. Unfortunately the ferry does not take dogs, and in any event was closed due to “mal tempo”. I thought this meant bad weather, but Nia pointed out it more likely meant the captain was in a bad temper.
However it was a good site, friendly, good restaurant on site and very inviting cycle ways, which we would have tasted was the weather not so inclement. Good dog walking on the beach.
This is a plaque commemorating Christobal Colon, a citizen of Puerto in times gone by, and a bit of googling confirmed that this was Christopher Columbus. Apparently he was born in Genoa, and subsequently moved to Spain from where he ambled over to the New World, just a while after Leif Ericson. Anyone know why he left Italy? Perhaps the Spaniards had faster boats? Prettier girls? Better drivers?