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El Puerto de Santa María

Location and Activities

El Puerto de Santa María El Puerto de Santa María is a picturesque and lively Spanish town (photo - town hall square) situated on the Costa de la Luz, 20 minutes across the bay from Cádiz. It is located around the mouth of the river Guadalete. There are 22 km. of Atlantic coastline around the town, with 8 beaches of fine golden sand. This coastline is known as Costa de la Luz because of the unusually clear and intense quality of the light.

The town is an important fishing port with a number of historic buildings including the Castle where Christopher Columbus stayed, a palm lined alameda, a maze of narrow bustling streets, a lively central market and a busy shopping and commercial area.

The drive into El Puerto can be misleading, as the roads into town are lined with factories and large stores, such as the enormous shopping and leisure complex surrounding a Carrefour hypermarket. This first impression should not deter you. The centre and beaches will more than compensate.

Puerto Sherry (photo) is located on Muralla Beach (named after the old city walls which still stand at the western end of the beach). It has a large marina and is a delightful place for a stroll or to sit in a seafront bar and enjoy the view across e bay and out to the Atlantic. Wonderful at sunset! Puerto Sherry beach

The town's principal activities by now are the production of sherry and tourism. It is a popular resort with Spanish people. My friend, Antonio, has some interesting pictures of El Puerto de Santa Maria on his web site.

Don't come here if you want an English breakfast or a pint of Worthington's - it is a typically Andalucian town. (Population : 75,000)

Climate and Natural Environment

El Puerto enjoys a very pleasant microclimate. The average Summer temperature is around 25 degrees with almost constant sunshine. Spring and Autumn are mild and warm, and even in Winter the daytime temperature rarely falls below 15 C.


Los Alcornocales Park El Puerto is surrounded by two natural parks, and is an important area environmentally

Three other natural parks are within accessible distance : Cork Forests


The town is long established and has a number of buildings dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries its origins are Phoenician

Eating Out

Sea Food on sale Chiclana El Puerto is renowned for its good food and wines. The town has several Sherry Bodegas, including Osborne and Terry, which you can visit. As a fishing port, its cuisine centres on a wide variety of fish and shellfish. Specialities from the surrounding countryside include asparagus, figs, melons and snails. Around the harbour, you will find a plethora of tapas bars and restaurants which come to life at lunch time (1330-1630) and after 2100. “Romerijo” (photo) is one such restaurant which sells fresh seafood by weight and then cooks and serves your selection.


Bodegas - Wine cellars you can visit

Barrels at El Puerto


The town has a number of museums and historic buildings. There are regular concerts, art exhibitions and music festivals (particularly Flamenco music).

Fiesta Calender

Sporting and Leisure Facilities

Night Life

In addition to the main pastime of frequenting restaurants and bars, the town has a Casino, cinemas, nightclubs and Flamenco bars. I have just discovered a Web Site giving details of the town's nightlife:
Puerto de Noche



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