Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Is a small town on the edge of an estuary, where the fresh waters of the
Guadalquivir river, meet the salty Atlantic sea.
First impressions like many
Andalucian towns might not be promising, but take a better look and you will
find that this fascinating port town with beautiful crumbling palaces, shady
courtyards and old bodegas has a lot to offer.
With a rich historical background, it’s location was key to the flow of ships that
sailed out discovering and colonising new land and returning with riches..
Sanlucar lost it’s strategic value after 1645 when the the “house of trade” for
the goods was moved to Cadiz. In the 19th century the economy of the city
was converted to viticulture and summer tourism. It is currently home to the
Manzanilla sherry and also internationally renowned for its horse racing on
the beaches in August and flamenco music.
The town also has a strong reputation for its food and particularly seafood.
There are lots of very good bars and restaurants, some more famous than
others. Bar Balbino on the main square is a must, and if you can elbow your
way to the counter, try the “tortilla de camerones” which are crispy Andalusian
shrimp fritters (tiny gambas fried with spring onions and chickpea flour) with a
glass of dry manzanilla sherry.
Sanlúcar si opposite the Doñana national park. It is a popular destination for
fishing, birding and hiking; and has miles of beaches, flowing grasses,
marshes, creeks and streams.
If you can visit this town in August don't miss the horse racing. You can bet on
the horses and experience the races along the beach, cheering along with the
crowds in your swim suits. We had so much fun!