Sanlúcar de Barrameda is a city of 68,000 people (2018) in Cadiz province, where the Guadalquivir river flows into the Atlantic. It is also a gateway to Parque Nacional de Doñana, right across the Guadalquivir river. Sanlúcar de Barrameda forms the "sherry triangle" with Jerez de la Frontera and El Puerto de Santa María. Sanlúcar is famous for the manzanilla variant of sherry. It is internationally renowned for beach horse-racing and flamenco music.
Located in the mouth of Guadalquivir River, Sanlúcar was already inhabited during Phoenician times. The town was particularly prominent from the 15th to the 18th century, when a great deal of the ship traffic between Spain and the Americas passed through town. Columbus started his third voyage from here in 1498, as did Magellan's circumnavigation in 1519.
Fishing, farming, wine production, salt production and tourism are the most important businesses of the town nowadays.
Sanlúcar is a summer tourist destination famous for its cuisine, especially manzanilla (a variety of fino sherry) and prawns. Less well known but equally important are the historical archives of the House of Medina Sidonia (Archivo de la Casa de Medina Sidonia); the major part of the patrimony of the House of Medina Sidonia is in the palace of the same name. The patron saint of the city is Our Lady of Charity, to whom it was dedicated in 1917.
The city is part of the tourist area known as the Costa de la Luz (Coast of the Light), about 44 km from the provincial capital of Cádiz. This includes the marshes of the Pinar de la Bonanza Algaida and the marshes of the Guadalquivir, part of the Doñana Natural Park.
The climate is Mediterranean with more than 300 sunny days yearly. The coast is somewhat more humid than locations inland. Rain generally is concentrated to during spring and fall.
Access is in general by road only, although you can likely get in by boat too.
The closest passenger airport is in Jerez de la Frontera. Other major airports nearby are in Seville and Malaga.
The train will take you only to Jerez.
There are buses from Jerez and Seville.
Freeway A-480 connects from Jerez, highway A-2077 from Rota and A-2001 from El Puerto de Santa Maria. Sanlucar is 126 km from Seville and 44 km from Cadiz.
- Castillo de Santiago. 15th-century fortification, built by the Medina-Sidonia family.
- Palacio de Orleans-Borbón. A late 19th-century summer home for the Orleans-Borbón royal family. Built in several different styles, including rococo and neomudejar. Nowadays the building serves as the city hall.
- Palacio de los duques de Medina Sidonia. A renaissance palace from the 16th century, built by the Medina-Sidonia family. A part of it serves as a hotel and cafe. You can visit the garden free of charge, the palace can be visited by guided tours for a fee.
- 1 Doñana National Park (Parque Nacional de Doñana). Because of its position at the mouth of the Guadalquivir, Sanlúcar is a convenient home base for exploring the nearby Doñana National Park and its natural features. Within the park lies the Marisma de Hinojos (Salt Marsh of Fennel Plants); also within its precincts is the possible site of the legendary lost city of Tartessos, the capital of an ancient civilization that predated the Phoenicians in Iberia.
- Feria de Andalucia.
- Carnival. Very similar to the one in Cadiz.
- Día de la Caridad. The Day of Charity is celebrated each August with a procession and barbecues.
- Horse races on the beach. 18:00 (approx) to the sunset. Held on the beach on August, on two three day cycles (exact dates change every year due to the tides). You can bet on the horses. These are the oldest horse races in Spain and some of the oldest in Europe. Contested at distances of 1500 m and 1800 m, the riders wear distinctive colours and caps. Free.
- 2 Parque Nacional de Doñana (Doñana National Park). Because of its position at the mouth of the Guadalquivir, Sanlúcar is a convenient home base for exploring the nearby Doñana National Park and its natural features. Within the park lies the Marisma de Hinojos (Salt Marsh of Fennel Plants); also within its precincts is the possible site of the legendary lost city of Tartessos, the capital of an ancient civilization that predated the Phoenicians in Iberia.
Sanlúcar is known for its seafood. Like in most of the Andalusian coast, fried fish is the main specialty. Tortillas de Camarones (Shrimp fried tortillas) and Sanlúcar's King Prawns are the most famous local specialties. Local vegetables and sandy soil grown potatoes are also worth tasting.
- Casa Balbino. One of the most prominent tapas bars on the Plaza del Cabildo, it has a wide range of the town's popular food at very affordable prices. Fried fish, shrimps tortillas and other local and andalusian specialties. €5-15 per person.
- La Gitana.
- Heladería Toñi.
- El Mirador de Doñana.
- El Rancho. Probably one of the best kept secrets in southern Spain, the restaurant serves huge portions at dirt cheap prices. The "Secreto Iberico" is such an amazing pork dish, that it may replace steak as your favourite grilled meat!
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- Hotel Tartaneros, Tartaneros, 8.
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- Hotel Barrameda, Calle Ancha, 10, ☏ .