10 reasons to visit Chiclana de la Frontera
10 reasons to visit Chiclana de la Frontera | Fuente: By Celia Pérez del Cubo. Photos: Destino Cádiz
The beaches in Chiclana de la Frontera ( Andalusia, Spain), rank among the best in Spain. Its privileged position, near some of the most touristic towns in the province Cadiz, and the endless possibilities for active tourism that Chiclana has to offer, are some of the reasons why everyone should visit this town.
THE ECOLOGICAL VALUE OF ITS BEACHES
Playa de la Barrosa is six km long and definitely one of the most popular beaches on the spanish coastline. It is an urban beach but there is also a more natural and unspoilt part, with an impressive ecological value. Another great beach to visit in Chiclana is Sancti Petri, , which can be accessed from Barrosa when the tide is low. This beach has also two differentiated parts, one on an old fishing village, which is currently being redeveloped as a leisure and water sports area, and a second area with a wild and natural environment.
SANCTI PETRI ISLAND AND CASTLE
This islet has been part of legends and myths like that of Hercules, Also here was the Temple to Melkart, a God associated with the founding of cities, navigation and commerce..It was the place where the first settlers of Chiclana lived and has been used by Arabs and Christians.
Although many of its structures are in ruins, it features a very interesting medieval tower. The castle can be reached by boat, kayaking, paddle surfing, etc.
Golf lovers will find paradise in choosing from different top golf courses in Chiclana.The excellent climatic conditions and the natural and scenic surroundings in which it is framed have made golf one of the emblems of Chiclana and a tourist attraction.
Chiclana de la Frontera is also a great place to visit forwine lovers. Although the city may not have the same long winemaking tradition as some other places nearby, like Jerez de la Frontera or Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in Chiclana it is possible to visit up to 7 wineries and wine shops.Since Chiclana is located within the “Production Zone” of Jerez, do not miss the chance to taste the best wines of the province at some of its many bars and restaurants , along with some delicious tapas.
NATURE AND ROUTES
Visitors in Chiclana will find a region of unrivaled natural beauty. A great part of its territory is occupied by the Bahia de Cadiz Natural, surrounded by marshes, rivers, dunes, etc and home to numerous animal and plant species.
In addition Chiclana has a large pine forests area, such as La Espartosa, Pinar del Hierro or La Barrosa, and lagoons such as Jeli or Montellano.
For those who want to go hiking or horseback riding, there are several well-marked routes, all of them with a low difficulty rating , that will allow you to enjoy an extensive variety of landscapes in the area.
The adventure tourism options in Chiclana are enormous. In addition to playing golf or hiking, you can practice different water sports like surfing, windsurfing, sailing, kitesurf, paddle surf, kayaking or canoeing, along with cycling, tennis, paddle, horse riding and many other adventure sports.
CULTURE AND HISTORY
Those interested in local history will also find some religious monuments in town, such as San Juan Bautista Church, Santa Ana Chapel, San Sebastián Church and the Clock Tower, along with different museums, art galleries and exhibitions.
LEISURE AND NIGHTLIFE
When it comes to dancing and having a drink, Chiclana has a great variety of possibilities, with three main areas for nightlife and leisure . On the one hand there is the historical center, where you will find many bars and pubs. In summer, this area is extended to La Barrosa and Sancti Petri beach areas, where in addition to bars and pubs. , there are also some chiringuitos and discos that remain open until late in the morning.
Local gastronomy is very similar to that which can be found in the rest of the province of Cadiz. Although fresh fish and seafood are its main culinary highlights, there are also some traditional local recipes such as “berza chiclanera”, “pescado de estero”, sausages, longaniza and black pudding.
If you have a sweet tooth you will love local almond cakes, which are very popular in town. But, without a doubt, Chiclana is best known for its excellent wines : fine wines, moscateles and mosto (grape juice), which can be tasted any of its excellent restaurants, bars and ventas.
In Chiclana there is a wide range of accommodation options. It is one of the towns in the province with the largest number of high-end hotels, all of them very close or within walking distance to the beach. Finally, you will also find a large amount of apartments, hostels and camping sites.
Are you ready for a wonderful beach holiday in Chiclana, Spain?