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Find information on Chiclana Sancti Petri in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
The town of Chiclana lies a short distance inland, seventeen kilometres from Cadiz. Chiclana Sancti Petri is the town’s summer resort and is very popular with locals as well as Northern Europeans. The Chiclana area is renowned for its beauty with protected nature parks, stunning beaches and wonderful sunsets over the Atlantic. There are also many fine examples of architecture throughout the ages. There are many recreational activities on offer including the Sancti Petri Golf Course. A Chiclana Sancti Petri holiday offers a chance to relax in beautiful surroundings where the sun is guaranteed to shine.
A Chiclana Sancti Petri holiday offers days of long sunshine in an area of great natural beauty where the visitor can experience the flavour of traditional Andalucían hospitality. The sandy beaches offer a range of water sports particularly those that require wind and there are also many land-based leisure activities and sightseeing opportunities.
A Chiclana Sancti Petri holiday has widespread appeal. With its beautiful beaches offering safe bathing for families, water sports with varying degrees of excitement for the adults, magnificent golf courses and a wealth of excursions and sightseeing opportunities, it is no surprise that Chiclana Sancti Petri is a popular holiday destination.
Although Chiclana Sancti Petri is a year round holiday venue, the summer holiday period is probably the most popular time to go, with guaranteed sunshine and warm seas. Many people choose a Chiclana Sancti Petri holiday in order to escape the dark dreary days of a British winter.
Chiclana Sancti Petri and Nova Sancti Petri are both found a short distance from Chiclana on the Atlantic coast of Southern Spain. The main beach in the area is La Barrosa, an eight kilometre stretch of sand which offers a range of water sports including sailing, wind surfing and diving. Leisure activities on land include cycling, horse riding, tennis and golf. Close to La Barrosa Beach and with stunning views over the sea, is the Santi Petri thirty-six hole golf course. Remember to take your handicap certificate with you as this is sometimes a course requirement.
There is a good selection of accommodation from upmarket hotels and apartments to small family run premises and studios. Similarly, there are restaurants accommodating all tastes.
There are many sightseeing opportunities in the area including fine churches and buildings in Chiclana. These include St John the Baptist Church dating from the seventeenth century and the Saint Anna Hermitage which dominates Chiclana from its lofty position above the town.
A boat trip up the Guadalquivir River to the Donana National Park is worth taking especially if you have an interest in ornithology. Another interesting boat trip is to the island of Sancti Petri across the bay from the town. Here you will find a lighthouse and a castle which was built on the ruins of a temple to Zeus.
Chiclana was at one time an important wine producer and its vineyards are a popular tourist attraction.
As there is so much to see in the area, car hire is recommended.
Chiclana Sancti Petri nightlife is fairly laid back with the liveliest bars located along the beach front. Most of them are music bars where you can dance until the early hours of the morning. Chiclana Sancti Petri also caters for those wishing to enjoy a more relaxing evening with upmarket restaurants where you can enjoy a pleasant meal in the company of friends.
Chiclana Sancti Petri shopping is rather limited with shops providing essentials as well as the usual gifts and souvenirs. Cadiz is only a short distance to the west and here you will find covered markets and large shopping malls selling a wide range of goods. The tiny shops in the narrow streets of the old town delight shoppers with their range of often unusual goods. The Plaza San Juan de Dios and the winding streets radiating from it are filled with small shops and boutiques where holidaymakers enjoy browsing in their search for mementoes. The Central Market has a large flea market every Sunday.
Chiclana Sancti Petri’s restaurants cater for a wide variety of tastes. Fish features prominently on menus with many sumptuous dishes waiting to be enjoyed. As well as those restaurants serving traditional food, there is wide provision of international cuisine. A good way to try Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home.
Children are always made very welcome in Spanish restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.
Spanish wines are pleasant and inexpensive.