Idyllic weather, gorgeous beaches and a great selection of attractions are just some of the things that keep tourists coming back to Chiclana de la Frontera time and time again. This gorgeous part of Andalusia is situated to the west of the wildly popular Costa del Sol and offers a taste of authentic Spain with its cobbled streets, scenic town squares and flamenco bars. The beach of Playa de Barossa is just a five-minute drive from town and has a 6 kilometre-long expanse of soft white sands and great amenities, including showers, beach bars and lifeguards. In Chiclana de la Frontera you’re just 25 minutes from Cadiz, said to be the oldest city in the west of Europe, dating back around 5000 years. In addition to numerous historical attractions, Cadiz has a wide selection of fascinating museums and its own gorgeous beaches. Costa de Luz is yet another area of incredible natural beauty in the Chiclana de la Frontera vicinity, with the Bahia de Cadiz Natural Park being one of the finest nature reserves in the area. Whether you’re looking for a romantic couples’ break, family trip or friends’ getaway, book a holiday to Chiclana de la Frontera for the ultimate Spanish experience in 2019 / 2020.
Whatever your tastes and interests, Chilana de la Frontera has everything you need for a wonderful holiday in Spain. Enjoy a stroll up to Ermita de Santa Ana, the highest point of the town, and enjoy exceptional views over the city centre and further beyond on a clear day. It’s not the easiest walk, so pack some water and expect to get your heart pumping by the time you reach the top. It is definitely worth the effort!
Other top attractions in and around Chiclana de la Frontera include the beautiful island of Sancti Petri. It’s an island with a castle converted to a lighthouse that embodies the history going back before Ancient Roman times. Then, check out the historic centre of Cadiz and the former fishing village area of Sancti Petri to conclude a fun day out exploring during your holiday to Chiclana de la Frontera.
Spanish cuisine is famed for its delicious fresh ingredients, vibrant flavours and bright colours. The cuisine of Chiclana de la Frontera is similar to the rest of Spain, with staple dishes including tapas, tortilla espanola, paella, allioli and seafood. While the most popular dishes remain generally similar throughout most of Spain, no two regions are identical in their gastronomy, with each area making its own version of classic dishes for a unique result. The cuisine in Chiclana de la Frontera is well-suited to tourists, with plenty of variety to keep everybody happy. Tapas is one of the best meal options for tourists as the numerous smaller dishes allow you to enjoy a selection of food at once and can be used as small ‘filler’ meals like brunch and supper when you’re peckish but not hungry enough for a full meal. Research has shown that on average, lunch lasts for between 2 and 3 hours in Spain, making this the ideal place to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life and savour each and every bite of your food. For a refreshing palette cleanser between dishes, take a sip of Agua de Valencia (vodka, gin, Cava and orange juice).
Chiclana de la Frontera is an excellent destination choice for a family-friendly holiday in Spain, with a wide selection of fun activities for all ages. Nearby Cadiz is a must-visit for families, with a number of excellent historical attractions including the Museo Arqueologico and The Hospital de Nuestra Senora del Carmen. At Cadiz you’ll also find the Burguer Giganton, a children’s indoor playground with a wide variety of activities including giant inflatable toys, climbing frames and ball pits. Of course, the local beaches with endless sandy shores, perfect for sandcastle building, are sure to provide hours of fun, but once they’ve had enough of the beach there’s still plenty to do. To treat your children to a cultural day out, head to the Culture House in the town centre and make your way around the five different exhibitions, or visit the Museo Marin puppet museum to learn more about the puppets hand-crafted in Spain over the last century and see examples of traditional Andalusian porcelain figures.
Action & Adventure
Chiclana de la Frontera has a wide variety of activities for holidaymakers looking to stay active on vacation. The popular beach at Sancti Petri has fine, golden sand and a number of sand dunes at the rear, as well as pine forests off the East side of the Punta de la Piedras. Owing to the strong wind currents coming from the sea, this beach is highly popular for water sports enthusiasts. Here you’ll find beginner classes for surfing, sailing, wake boarding, windsurfing, scuba diving, kayaking, banana boating and canoeing.
The Blue Flag accredited beach of Barrosa is the most popular in the area and is another good attraction for active holidaymakers, with a variety of water and land-based activities including horse riding, surfing, trekking and running. So if all that lounging on the beach gets too boring for you, there’s no excuse not to get that adrenaline pumping during a holiday to Chiclana de la Frontera.
The best part of a holiday in Chiclana de la Frontera area is undoubtedly La Barrosa beach. The beach has been popular with holidaymakers for decades thanks to the eight-kilometre stretch of sand, clear blue waters and excellent water sports facilities. La Barrosa Beach was given the title of one of Spain’s Best Beaches by the Sunday Times and has also received a European Union Blue Flag award thanks to its exceptional cleanliness and beauty. La Barrosa is a wonderful place to relax and unwind, with a convenient location close to the quaint town of Tarifa, Jerez, the home of Sherry, and the provincial capital of Cadiz City. La Barrosa has a pleasant milder Mediterranean climate, with infrequent rain and an average of more than 3000 hours of sunshine annually. Thanks to the some strong winds, the beach can often feel cooler than it is, making it essential to wear sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
Chiclana de la Frontera has a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere with a nightlife that largely centres around the local beachside bars. Many of the bars in Chiclana de la Frontera have a resident DJ and play music, with live entertainment available in some bars too. If you’re staying at one of the larger hotels in Chiclana de la Frontera, many of the resorts have their own in-house evening entertainment for an enjoyable night in. If you’d prefer to venture out for a more exhilarating night out dancing until dawn, there are a number of excellent clubs and bars in Chiclana de la Frontera like Portobello at Playa la Barrosa, Ojopatio at Calle de la Fuente and Los Cristales Bar at Carretera de la Barosa. A holiday spent in Chiclana de la Frontera will certainly not be boring.
In contrast to Costa de Sol, which is highly developed and has evolved into a largely tourist-centric resort rather than retaining its authentic Spanish roots, Chiclana de la Frontera has a traditional Spanish ambience. The surroundings in Chiclana de la Frontera are effortlessly romantic, with cobbled streets, flamenco bars and scenic town squares. Enjoy a candle-lit meal at one of the authentic restaurants or simply stroll along the beach to round off a truly romantic day in Chiclana. One of the most enchanting cities in the area is Cadiz. The historic capital city has many of the most romantic sights in the area including the Plaza de la Flores, New and Old Cathedrals and the El Populo neighbourhood, so be sure to make time for a visit.
On holiday in Chiclana de la Frontera you’ll find many of the icons of Spanish culture that are famous around the world, including bullfighting, flamenco, and rolling vineyards. Chiclana de la Frontera has a strong art scene, which is celebrated in many of the area’s annual festivals. Each year the Feria in Chiclana festival honours wider Andalusian culture with decorated horses, flamenco dancing and other traditional customs. Each year in Chiclana de la Frontera, locals put their finest clothes on for the annual town celebration, known as the San Antonio Fair. From little girls to grandmothers in their eighties, all women in the town don their ruffled traditional Andalusian dresses and assemble in the town centre for dancing, horse shows and fairground rides. Chiclana culture has revolved around the local markets for centuries, and you can explore them for yourself at the twice-weekly central market. Here, you’ll find stalls hawking local produce including wine, cured meats, sausages, souvenirs, sweet-smelling herbs and spices and some beautiful hand-crafted furniture.