Gloria & Josh´s Big-Ass Party
After 7 or 8 years together (Josh says 8, Gloria says 7), we are having a party to celebrate our amazing lives together with friends and families. We got hitched in Utah last February with just two witnesses, so we are doing it all over again - but this time in southern Spain with family and friends. Hopefully that includes you. If you are going to make the fiesta, this is - by far - the best place on the Internet to get information to plan the trip. And, see some fun photos. We plan to update it daily (right…), so be sure to make it your homepage for the next several months.
When: Main event will be on Saturday 22 June, with plenty of daily festivities starting earlier in the week
Where: Poblado Santi Petri, Cádiz, Spain
Who: Gloria and Josh’s family and friends
Where’s the party?
Poblado Sancti Petri, a small beach town on the coast of the Cádiz Province in southern Spain. On the Atlantic coast, Sancti Petri is just south of the provincial capital Cádiz and a few hours north of the Straight of Gibraltar. It is also not far from the Portugal and Spanish border, as well as Doñana National Park. This stretch of coast is also famous for the ancient tradition of harvesting Atlantic Bluefin Tuna - known as almadraba.
While the Sancti Petri does not have a train station, there is one nearby in San Fernando-Bahía Sur, which is a 25 minute taxi ride away. There is also bus route that goes through Chiclana de la Frontera. While in Sancti Petri, almost everything is walking or biking distance. There are bike lanes everywhere and bike rentals are common.
how the hell do i get there?
Depending on your plans and preferences, there are a few ways to get to Sancti Petri. Four main options for airports to fly in:
Madrid. (MAD) This option is likely to have the most direct flights and options, as it is Spain’s largest airport. From Madrid, it is <2 hour train ride (on the fast train, which is called the AVE) to southern Spain - Andalucía. The main cities of Andalusia are Córdoba and Sevilla - both reachable on the AVE direct from Madrid. From the Madrid airport, you can take the metro or a cab to the main train station (Puerto Atocha). You can buy train tickets online at www.renfe.com. The train ride from Madrid (Puerto Atocha) straight to San Fernando-Bahia Sur (the closes stop to Sancti Petri) is ~4 hours. If you are thinking of renting a car in Madrid, it is 6 hour drive to Poblado Sancti Petri.
Malaga. (AGP) This is popular beach destination on the Mediterranean. The airport serves many destination throughout Europe (e.g., Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, London) and during the summer there is a direct Delta flight from JFK. It is a short train ride from Malaga to Sevilla or Córdoba (<2 hours to Sevilla on the slower “medium-distance” trains (called Media Distancia) or 1 hour to Córdoba on the AVE). If you are planning on renting a car, it is 2-3 hour drive from Malaga to Poblado Sancti Petri - along the entire coast of southern Spain!.
Seville. (SVQ) This is the capital of Andalucía, with lots of history, cool building, and plenty to do. The airport serves many destination throughout Europe (e.g,. Paris, Madrid, London). Sancti Petri is 1.5 hour drive and 2 hour train ride from Sevilla. It is also a 1 hour train ride to Córdoba.
Jerez. (XYR) This is definitely the closest airport, but also the smallest. Jerez de la Frontera is only about 45 minutes from Sancti Petri. There are a surprising number of European connections, including London, Barcelona, Madrid, Switzerland, and several airports in Germany. You can take a train directly from the airport to San Fernando-Bahia Sur (30 minutes), which is the closest station to Santi Petri. There are also car rentals at the airport.
Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on flight options. Jerez and Sevilla are the closest to Santi Petri, followed by Malaga and then Madrid.
Where the hell should I stay?
There should be something for everyone in terms of lodging in Sancti Petri. We recommend staying as close to Playa Barrosa as possible, which means you will be able to walk (and bike ride) everywhere. There is another area just south called Novo Sancti Petri, which is dominated by large developments and golf courses. This area is a bit more isolated and we suggest not staying here. In addition to AirBB, VRBO and Rentalia are worth checking out for houses. All have some good options. Below are some lodging options that we have also scoped out,
Aparthotel Novo Santi Petri. This spot is a block from the beach and walking distance to everything. It has a variety of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, as well even some larger apartments. There is also a pool and restaurant.
Al Sur Apartamentos Turísticos. There is a similar set-up as Aparthotel, but is a slightly bigger complex. It is also in a super central location (one block from the beach) and has a variety of lodging options (e.g. room, apartments)..
Hotel Azeala Playa. This is a small, boutique Spanish hotel that is one block from the beach and one of our favorite beach bars/restaurants called Mojama (alone the beach of Santi Petri are these cool open-air bars called chiringuitos. There is a very nice B&B, with only a few rooms.
TripAdvisor and Booking.com should be helpful as well. Search for Chiclana de la Frontera (the larger town right next to Sancti Petri) or Playa Barrosa or Sancti de Petri. And, of course, email me if you have any questions about lodging.
How long should I come for?
For as long as you can! Our main goal is to pack as much time in with family as friends as possible. Chances are this (this including two fun and funny families that speak different languages hanging out together) won’t happen again, so we have lots of ganas to aprovecharlo. The main event will be on Saturday 22 June starting sometime during the day. Exact location to be disclosed at the appropriate time. But, we are planning on spending the whole week prior at the beach. So come early and stay late - if you are keen. And, we would always love to show you around Córdoba if you travels bring you through before or after the wedding. During the week before 22 June, we will be organizing some fun-filled events for folks. So stay tuned.
By far the easiest way to communicate with us (and everyone else) while you are in Spain (and abroad) is with What’sApp. Josh’s number on What’sApp is +34 661 523 003 and Gloria’s number is +34 663 233 523, In the meantime, please email us with any questions - we are here to help with any planning.
Stay tuned for updates here as well. And, if you have any photos with us - please send them our way!