Barrosa Beach, Chiclana

sunset la Barrosa Chiclana

Barrosa Beach, Chiclana

Chiclana de Frontera is the home of Barrosa Beach, one of the finest in Spain. Known for its clean waters, its fine, white sand and its length – 8 kilometres, nearly 5 miles – Barrosa is perfect for early morning or late evening strolls. There is something magical experience about being on the beach just when the sun is going down behind the famous Sancti Petri Castle, which legend tells us, is the ‘Castle of Melkart  (Hercules)’ of Greek mythology. Early morning or late evening are also very popular times for horse riding on the beach.

Barrosa beach is known as a family beach.  The townspeople have traditionally divided the beach into three zones, in addition to the area with all the large resort hotels, luxury apartments and villas, and golf courses.

The first section, known as ‘la primera pista’, is connected with the second by a beautiful promenade. This is where most of the restaurants and popular chirinquitos are to be found, offering the best Cádiz gourmet products and most famous ‘Gaditanian’ (from the province of Cádiz) dishes, such as red tuna from the Almadraba, Iberian ham, Payoyo cheese, chicharrones, roasted peppers, cured pork or cured pork  with butter.  Naturally, they also include a great range of sherry wines on the wine lists.

The second section or pista, is known as ‘Red Cross’. This is because the organisation operates from a clearly marked building just on the edge of the beach, providing invaluable first aid aid, lifeguards and rescue boats

The third section stretches to the hotels/resort area. Prestigious hotels such as  Vincci, Hipotels Barrosa Garden, Park or Palace, Meliá, Riu. Tartessus or Barceló Premium are but a few to be found in what is probably the largest and most important resort in the province of Cádiz and the Costa de la Luz. This enormous area also includes many fine residential developments and golf courses for all handicaps;

Golf Club Novo Sancti Petri (36 holes)
Golf Club Campano (9 holes)
European Golfs Academy
Golf Academy: Practice golf
Golf Club Melia Sancti Petri (18 holes)
Golf Course Lomas de Sancti Petri

Barrosa Beach has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag, the Q for Touristic Quality and the Eco-Beach Flag.

Sancti Petri Beach is separated from Barrosa Beach by a cliff.  A much smaller beach than Barrosa, it’s high quality has also brought important awards over the past few years. Kayaks are available to rent by the hour and beachgoers paddle across the small channel between Sancti Petri Beach and the beach Punta de Boquerón, from where is possible to walk to San Fernando. It is also quite easy to kayak to Sancti Petri Castle. There is a small marina and the interesting ruins of the old town of Sancti Petri.

Barrosa and Sancti Petri Beaches are fantastic places to spend the Summer in the province of Cádiz,  but the delicious food found in the restaurants and chiringuitos really do make a holiday special. Highly recommended is the roasted pepper salad with red almadraba tuna – it should always be marinated with olive oil, Jerez vinegar and raw salt from the Chiclana’s salt pans. Try the fabulous ‘chupa dedos’ (finger-licking) olives. Iberian ham, and Payoyo cheese are not be missed. Sherry wine is definitely the best option when ordering these dishes or tapas. A cold glass of fino or manzanilla wine are a great accompaniments  to seafood tapas. Oloroso wine would be the best partner for a cured pork meat or Payoyo cheese tapa. For dessert try a glass of very cold Pedro Ximenez.