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Good towns for all-year life, with dogs

Posted: Mon Sep 7, 2020 8:52pm
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Hi there, we are in early stages of planning a 12-ish month sabbatical around Cadiz/Costa de Luz. 

We were initially thinking Cadiz would be ideal, with a lot going on and life all year round, but we need somewhere with a garden as we have two dogs and all I can see are apartments. It seems mainly the same for nearby towns such as Puerto Santa Maria and San Fernando. 

As we have only been to the area in summer, I’m wondering whether I’m wrong that things are dead out of season in the smaller towns and we could look at places like Tarifa or Vejer which seem to have more options for us accomodation-wise? 

The sort of things we’d be looking for in terms of year-round activities would be a restaurant/bar scene, classes like Spanish or creative things, perhaps an outdoor club for hiking. 

Any suggestions of places to consider would be welcome!


Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:26pm

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Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:26pm

We moved to a country house outside Benalup about a year ago. Initially looked at Vejer, but we like peace and quiet and a big garden.

Vejer is a good town, not as busy as Cadiz, but definitely things going on all year (this year has obviously been a bit different). Very steep hills in the town, and not many big gardens unless you get down to the surrounding villages. Very nice countryside surrounding the area, which is what drew us here. Good road connectivity, but main road to Barbate can get very busy, especially in the holidays.

We have only been past Tarifa so far, but it seems a long way from anywhere else. Steep wiggly road to Algeciras, or half hour to Vejer.


Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:36am

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Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:36am

Hi we have spent Jan to April a couple of times in El Puerto over the last few years and plan to go again this winter, we love it and yes some of the bars are closed in winter months but the vast majority are open, it's ideally placed for the ferry to cadiz and 20 minutes to jerez which is always busy. Plenty of beaches and not too busy. Depends where in the town you go but this is a working town and we prefer the winter months as the summer is far too busy. Hope that helps 

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