Yes, we do recommend the second option
Ferries schedule is every hour generally,You can access the schedule of the day on the website:
You can usually park in the street, right at the beginning of the street of the pier, the parking of the pier is now 1,5 euros / hour.
Cadiz, more than other andalucia cities are worthy to visit late in the morning and late in the afternoon. Strangely, it looks like very much dead outside of these moments (this is the feedback of our guests)
In Cadiz, you cannot miss the local market (Mercado Central de Abastos) very lively every morning and where you can also have nice tapa+drink inside. At Plaza de la Libertad.
A picturesque local place for another little fresh cold tapa on your way to the see:
Calle Corralón de los Carros, 66, 11002 Cádiz
It may look a Little bit wild because they serve sausage and ham on a sheet of paper directly on the counter, but it is still worthy
And if you finally wish to sit in a proper restaurant, where to try inventive nice dishes from local products by a young enthusiastic cook!
Calle Veedor, 10, 11003 Cádiz, Tel.: 956 99 22 88
Better make a reservation beforehand if you want a table, they have very few of them and more space on the bar.The gastronomic menu is a good option to our opinion.
calle los moros, 4, 11500 El Puerto de santa maria, Tel: 956 852 833
almost in front of the ferry terminal
It is a little bit more expensive than a classical bar / restaurant of the area but the experience to us is really worthy
The chef belongs to the club of young chef in Spain and tries to provide an inventive cuisine with around the area products. His wife is in charge of the guests.
calle Jose Antonio Romero Zarazaga 1, 11500 el puerto de santa maria, Tel: 956 737 454
It is very much known but still recommendable for all the sea orientated products,
Calle Francisco Cossi Ochoa, 11500 el Puerto de Santa Maria, Tel : 956 851 870
They gained their second star in the Michelin guide, so obtaining a table for dinner or lunch is quite difficult. But everything is out of the normal. The restaurant serves uniquely products coming from the sea, but they make unbelievable things out of it.
This has a price : 200 / 300 euros per person that is quite unreasonable for the area (even in France)