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My birthday present to myself was a drive from Spain’s Sevilla to Cádiz in a tiny manual car with two passed-out guy friends slumped inside. Those sleepy-heads didn’t know what they were missing.

Excuse the romance-novel flourish, but the view was all rolling hills covered with fields of sunflowers. I’m serious. It was a beautiful Andalusian countryside, littered with bulls and horses drinking from lakes. And then, as we got closer and closer to the island of Cádiz, into view came the high walls of the ancient city, the cobblestone streets and the palm trees. The smell of the Atlantic Ocean.

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

When we finally got to our hotel we realized we were staying in the only modern structure on the entire island. And this island is old. It’s one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe. It’s also where Christopher Columbus repeatedly set sail.

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

The Parador of Cádiz, the “Hotel Atlántico” as they call it, is a beautiful resort, even by Las Vegas standards. It’s huge, shiny, and new. Its infinity pool looks like it’s disappearing into the Atlantic. Its spa is glorious. And, well, we were absolutely speechless when we swung open our balcony doors onto the sunset, the lighthouse, the bobbing boats, the ocean.

This, my friends, is birthday heaven.

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

The hotel stay came with breakfast each morning, which meant we were able to fill ourselves up for most of the day, do a bit of exploring, take the requisite siesta, and then head out for dinner and sherry-fueled stumbling around the tiny city’s streets and plazas. Fear and Loathing in Cádiz? Maybe a little.

The standard fare in this port town is fried seafood—tail, scales, head, and all—with plenty of sherry on the side. We ordered both, plus paella y vino blanco en masse. For the Paradores breakfast, however, the resort served up a buffet that rivaled most I’ve tried.

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

It took us a bit to get the swing of it—but we were there for three days, and by day three we each had a breakfast-buffet pattern. First, snag a table outside by the water and get lost in the incredible view. We sat in silence for most breakfasts, just taking it in.

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

Then, order a pot of hot café con leche to the table. Next, head to the bell, ring the chef, and get some huevos fritos in the frying pan (with nothing but olive oil!). Then, toast some of the beautiful bread, and pile your plate high with jamón and cheeses—oh, the manchego!

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

There are bottles of cava and white wine in the buffet, so if you’d like a glass you need only pour yourself one or two. Plus, freshly squeezed orange and mango juices by the pitcher-full.

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

There was plenty of baked goods like sugary muffins, pastries, chocolate cakes, tortilla de verduras, as well as fresh fruit, tiny little salads with olives, gherkins, hard boiled eggs, and other accoutrements to top them with.

Paradores in Cadiz, Spain, Brunch

I could go on, but I won’t. I’ll just keep thinking about that view.

Parador de Cádiz
Av Duque de Nájera, 9
11002 Cádiz, Spain

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