Half an hour from Cádiz by road is located Chiclana de la Frontera, that beyond having one of the most famous beaches in Spain, La Barrosa, it has an important natural and monumental wealth. We will enjoy this town white urban helmetalmost blinding, of the serenity of his spas and spas and the best that nature can offer, whether for its landscape or its gastronomic products.

Chiclana de la Frontera is a municipality where the Phoenicians arrived millennia ago, but its foundation dates back to the 14th centurywhen the king Ferdinand IV He gave this territory to the knight Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, known as Guzmán the Good. Chiclana enjoys belonging to the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park and has the Marismas de Sancti Petri Natural Area.


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Chiclana de la Frontera on foot

The best way to get to know a city is by walking. The main visiting points of Chiclana and its urban center can be visited in approximately one and a half hours. It is essential to visit its religious buildings such as the Hermitage of Santa Anafrom the 18th century, or the neoclassical Church of Saint John the Baptist.

Clock Tower and the Church of San Juan Bautista in Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz.
Clock Tower and the Church of San Juan Bautista in Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz.

The route of the 7 magical points of Chiclana It is perfect for getting to know the urban and rural environment of the Cadiz town. They are recognized by a stone monolith with the description of the point of interest, which are the following: Colina de Santa Ana, Loma del Puerco, Temple of Hercules, Salinas, Miralmar, El Carrascal and La Espartosa.

views of Chiclana de la Frontera from the hill of the Santa Ana hermitage.
views of Chiclana de la Frontera from the hill of the Santa Ana hermitage.

Medicinal waters and relaxation

Two kilometers from the city, you can pamper your body and mind in the Fuente Amarga spa whose waters relieve skin conditions of inflammatory and/or allergic origin such as eczema or psoriasis, chronic joint rheumatism and chronic inflammatory respiratory processes such as chronic bronchitis or respiratory allergies.

Woman relaxes in a spa after a hard week of work.
Woman relaxes in a spa.

Chiclana has a large number of thermal centers and spas, although this spa is a veteran, having been providing its services since 1803. Stay at your hotel a night starts at 70 euros.


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Sea, wine and sausage

Sea products are typical of Chiclana, as is evident from its geographical position, but also sausages and wines. It is mandatory to taste chicharrón and chiclanera sausage . In addition, salt and wine have their own tribute space, the Wine and Salt Interpretation Center. If you are more into practice than theory, there are numerous wineries such as Bodega Manuel Aragón “el Sanatorio” (wine tasting by reservation for 3 euros) or Bodegas Miguel Guerra.

Barrels from the Manuel Aragón winery that produces DO Jerez wine, in Chiclana de la Frontera.
Barrels from the Manuel Aragón winery that produces DO Jerez wine, in Chiclana de la Frontera.

The markets are an example of the daily life of a place and the best options to taste local products and dishes. In it Food Market We will see pork rinds, acedias, sea bass, red tuna, sausage, prawns, grapes, potatoes or sausage, among other native products.

Fruit and vegetables from a stall at the Chiclana de la Frontera Food Market, Cádiz.
Fruit and vegetables from a stall at the Chiclana de la Frontera Food Market, Cádiz.

Between the Atlantic Ocean and the countryside is Chiclana and that is why its salt flats stand out, not only for the salt that reaches our table but for the bird ecosystem it creates. If we border the Carboneros Salt Flat we will can spot water birds and contemplate the representative marsh landscape of Chiclana.


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Temple of Hercules

The Phoenicians built in these lands a temple in honor of the god Merqart (Heracles in Roman mythology and Hercules in Greek) where the flame lit inside never went out. Classical historians venture to affirm that the demigod is buried there and that the temple was visited by figures such as Hannibal or Julius Caesar.

Sancti Petri Castle.
Sancti Petri Castle.

Little remains of this sacred place for the Phoenicians. Currently, experts debate the dimensions and exact location of the religious complex. The most material trace that remains is the Sancti Petri Castlea fortress built on an islet belonging to the municipality of San Fernando, but which we can reach with the boats leaving the Sancti Petri Marina (Chiclana de la Frontera).


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