Sanlucar is located on the left bank of the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and faces the Doñana National Park. It has always been a way- and meeting point of people and cultures, as it was an important port city from which Columbus’ ships made their way to the Americas.
Walking through this historical city, you will find stunning places such as Medina Sidonia Palace, the Orleans and Borbón Palace, the current seat of the Town Hall. Speckled throughout Sanlúcar, are beautiful mansions and many wineries with the aroma of Manzanilla – a famous wine of the region. Overlooking the city is the castle of Santiago, from which the mouth of the Guadalquivir was defended from possible attacks.
Its old town, called Barrio Alto, was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1973. Barrio Alto invites to explore the meandering streets and to awe at the traditional Spanish architecture.
The centre of Sanlucar is located at the Plaza de Cabildo, where you’ll see the former Town Hall which is now a municipal library. And right there, in the heart of Sanlúcar, is where Casa Miguel is located.
Beaches of Sanlúcar
From Bonanza to Jara beach you can enjoy endless beaches with golden sands and calm waters.
On the beach of Bajo de Guia, you will find many restaurants and bars overlooking the sea, and you can cross to the Doñana National Park in the barges that are next to the pier and the yacht club.
In August, the beaches of La Calzada and Las Piletas turn into racing tracks for the famous horse races. These beaches are known as the hippodrome of Sanlúcar.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda: Gastronomic Capital 2022
Sanlúcar has a great culinary history and culture, and it is simply spectacular. The union of the products of its orchard, the wines of its wineries and the catches of the sea, will make you savour Sanlúcar to the fullest.
In any corner of the city you will be able to taste spectacular dishes and delicious tapas made from and with seasonal and local products.
If you need suggestions, we will be happy to share our favourite restaurant-tipps with you!
Scattered throughout the territory of Sanlúcar, and in the very heart of the city, are the white walls of the historic and well-known wineries of Sanlúcar.
Here wineries that carry centuries of winemaking history under the D.O. Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda produce a product synonymous with the cultural heritage and identity of the region: Manzanilla. It pairs perfectly with a tapa on any terrace in the city.
Find out more at CIMA: Manzanilla Interpretation centre.
“The Greatest Show on the Southern Beaches” The slogan says it all!
The Horse Races are held every year in the month of August. They are arranged in two cycles of three days each, always at sunset and taking advantage of the wide space left by the low tide on the beach.
They are the oldest horse races in Spain and one of the oldest equestrian activities in Europe. They have been declared of International Tourist Interest since 1997. This spectacle draws many people and can be enjoyed for free.
Doñana and surroundings
In 1969 the Doñana National Park was created to protect the local flora and fauna and declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The ecological importance of Doñana is enormous. It has large dunes and its marshes form one of the largest wetlands in Spain. In addition, it is a passageway for migratory birds between Africa and Europe.
There are also several natural parks around Doñana. The Marismas de Bonanza and the Pinar de la Algaida, both with free access.
Excursions and surroundings
If you want to explore the area and visit some of the surrounding towns, we recommend you to take a tour around the province of Cádiz.
You can visit Jerez de la Frontera which hosts many famous events such as the Horse Fair and the Spanish MotoGP at the city’s circuit.
Cadiz is a city with history at every corner, white sandy beaches, and great cultural variety. Cadiz is colourful in Carnival. We recommend you visit the neighbourhood of La Viña, admire the typical houses and its viewpoints, stroll through the Genovés park, and finish with a magnificent view of the Atlantic.
Conil is a charming village with no less than 14 km of idyllic beaches where you can enjoy the sun, surf the waves or work on a tan without lines at the nudist areas. Fun is guaranteed.
Vejer de la Frontera, one of the most picturesque white villages in the province of Cadiz. Built on a hill 200 metres high, Vejer invites you to explore its labyrinthine streets,courtyards of Nasrid style, and the historic wall surrounding the old town.
Vejer has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site and is located only 8 km from the coast. Its beach, El Palmar, is one of the best-known in the area.
In Zahara de los Atunes, besides meeting some famous people, you will be able to taste tuna in all its possible varieties, while marvelling at a paradise of perfect beaches to be enjoyed with family and friends.
Tarifa offers a great mix of wild and urban beaches. The perfect place for water sports like kitesurfing or windsurfing, for whale watching – not suitable for those who get seasick easily – or for strolling through its streets, savouring its history.
In Bolonia , you can visit the Roman Ruins of Baelo Claudia, climb the dunes, or relax at the beach – whatever you do, it will be unforgettable.