Steeped in authentic Spanish culture and coastal splendour, the serene and somnolent town of Chiclana de la Frontera exudes an irresistible charm. The Old Quarter is an evocative maze of cobbled streets, shady streets and atmospheric cellars in which sherry flows like water, while the beachfront offers a sandy sanctuary from the demanding duress of everyday life and is considered one of Spain’s best beaches. So sit back, sip a sweet sherry and absorb the alluring ambience of one of Andalucía’s most atmospheric areas.
A worthy excursion from the golden sands of Chiclana is irrefutably a visit to the island of Sancti Petri, an abandoned holiday home steeped in legend and visible from Chiclana’s seafront. Boats depart from the port of Santi Petri and allow visitors to explore the mystical 13th century castle, beneath which it is said are buried the remains of Hercules. Ascending the sturdy stone steps will afford climber gorgeous views of the glittering bay.
Immerse yourself in the colourful culture of Andalucía by exploring the myriad of market stalls in the town’s historic centre; on every day except Sunday, the Chiclana Market bursts to life with an alluring array of local produce, which includes succulent sausages, prize hams, local honey and sweet sherry. It’s a unique experience guaranteed to result in a friendly chat with locals.
Founded by a family of local fisherman, the Manguita Playa restaurant, quite obviously, specialises in sublime seafood caught from the warm, Mediterranean ocean. On the extensive menu, gastronomes can enjoy an alluring array of freshly caught fish, which includes crispy skinned sea bass and luscious lobster. Simultaneously drink in the panoramic ocean vistas and a glass of crisp chardonnay for a truly delightful dining experience.(Manguita Playa La Barrosa, Chiclana de la Frontera)