Wine, seafood, horses, and the ever-present ocean, in the town of Sanlucar de Barrameda, Costa de la Luz on the Cadiz coast. According to the Spanish, Queen Isabella of Spain glimpsed the ocean for the first time from the castle in Sanlucar de Barrameda (Cadiz), and it’s fair to say that her majesty couldn’t have chosen a better spot!
Shining like a gleaming white jewel, Sanlucar stands at the western tip of the magical Sherry triangle, home of the world’s most famous aperitif wine. It is strategically situated at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river, across from the marshes of the Doñana National Park. Thanks to it’s unique microclimate Sanlucar de Barrameda produces a special type of sherry, Manzanilla.
If you visit one of the traditional wine cellars in the town, you will learn that there are in fact, two types of Manzanilla. First, there is a clear, crisp Manzanilla sold all over Spain. But the locals prefer Manzanilla Pasada, which ages longer and is slightly darker in colour, and whose flavour has a detectable salty tang.
Served chilled, Manzanilla is the perfect companion for the fresh seafood for which Sanlucar is justifiably famous, in particular the jumbo prawns caught off it’s coast. Every afternoon, fishing boats unload their glistening catch in the port of Bonanza, just north of Sanlucar de Barrameda , to be served in the restaurants that line it’s seaside quarter, Bajo de Guia.
No sherry town is without it’s horses and Sanlucar de Barrameda is no exception. The town is famous for the spectacular annual horse races which take place at low tide on it’s wide beach during August. This unique event which attracts over 40,000 spectators, has been held since 1845 and top jockeys from all over the Europe take part.
Once the excitement is over and the thunder of hooves on damp sand has died down, Sanlucar de Barrameda becomes it’s old self, a peaceful, friendly town where the bracing breath of the ocean is always present. Even in it’s wines!
Sanlucar de Barrameda Weather
With over 320 days a year of sunshine, it makes it an ideal getaway during the winter months of the year, even if just for a few days. It’s suprising how a few days of sunshine can cheer you up.
Costa de la Luz Airports
The area is serviced by three airports, one at Jerez, a small airport but has everything you need. It lies approximately 5km from the city of Jerez, Sevilla and Malaga.
Other areas of interest here include Cadiz, Tarifa, Punta Umbria, Ayamonte, Isla Cristina and Sevilla