Founded by the Phoenicians in the XNUMXth century BC south of Cádiz, Chiclana is considered one of the oldest citiess of the province. In 1303, Fernando IV gave the lands of Chiclana to the house of Medina Sidonia, specifically to Alonso Pérez de Guzman, and thus the current city was founded. The transfer of the nobles and the boom that the colonization of America brought with it, ended up repopulating it and led to its monumental emergence.
Today, Chiclana welcomes a large number of tourists, both national and international, who come attracted by the climate and the natural wealth of the area. And it is that, of the 203 km² that the municipal term occupies, almost a third is part of the National Park of the Bay of Cádiz. Its beaches, a few kilometers from the urban area, constitute one of the main claims seaside town tourist. So that you do not miss the opportunity to enjoy your holidays on the sand of Chiclana, I will tell you in this post which are its best beaches.
La Barrosa Beach
Despite being located in an urbanized area, the quality and preservation of this beach is exceptional. In fact, it has environmental certifications such as the Blue Flag, specific for beaches and ports, and complies with ISO 14001, an international standard for environmental management.
Su easy access and the breadth of its coastline, which is about 60 meters wide, make it a perfect option for tourists looking for a comfortable beach, which can be reached by car and with a wide variety of facilities, without having to renounce clean water and the natural beauty of the Cadiz coastline.
Although lying down to rest on its fine golden sand is already a pleasure, La Barrosa also it has an interesting offer for the most active tourists. There are surf and kitesurf schools that offer courses and have a sports equipment rental service. Activities are also organized that will allow you to admire the landscape while enjoying a pleasant and fun experience, there are equestrian centers that offer horseback riding along the shore.
If you are more of a lounger and a beach bar, you can have a few cold drinks or beers at the Mojama Beach or at the Albarrosa, both places are practically located on the sand and, in addition to a very good atmosphere, they offer a magnificent meal. On the promenade you will find other gastronomic options, restaurants with large terraces that are ideal for watching the sunset. Don't leave without trying the fried fish, typical dish of the coastal areas of the Mediterranean.
Between Novo Sancti Petri and the Roche urbanization El Puerco beach extends. Its name comes from the tower which stands on a slope of this beach and was part of the system of coastal watchtowers that Felipe II ordered to be built in the 1811th century. Built with materials of Roman origin, the watchtower witnessed the Battle of Chiclana, a military uprising that was fought in XNUMX in its vicinity, in the context of the Spanish War of Independence. Years later, it was used to control the passage of tunas, since Chiclana is an area with high tuna activity. Currently, the tower has a platform at its feet that functions as a lookout point.
On the Playa del Puerco, too a former Civil Guard barracks from the XNUMXth century is preserved. The building, which was abandoned for a long time, was renovated and last summer Grupo Azotea opened the Cuartel del Mar there, an innovative restaurant that takes advantage of this special space as a sign of identity and that offers its customers an unbeatable menu in one of the most privileged locations area.
The beach is quite similar to La Barrosa, with golden sand and clear waters, although it has more green areas, dunes and a rocky cliff that give it a more natural appearance and attractive for those looking for a somewhat more secluded environment from the urbanizations.
Sancti Petri Beach
Es one of the best known beaches in the area. On some occasions, when the tide is very low, it can be accessed by walking from La Barrosa. Sancti Petri Beach is divided into two parts, for an first virgin stretch with a high ecological value and a second section stretching from the breakwater to the old fishing village of Sancti Petri. The town was founded thanks to the settlements of trap fishermen who consolidated in this Chiclana territory an authentic industry based on fishing and tuna conservation.
Sancti Petri was practically uninhabited in 1973, but is currently in the process of recovery and has become a tourist point of interest for those who visit the Cadiz coastline. The restaurants located in the town offer fresh products from the sea, becoming a ideal place to enjoy the typical food of Cádiz. Windsurfing schools, sailing and companies that organize nautical activities They have moved to the area, attracted by its natural wealth.
The Castle of Sancti Petri
From the beach you can see the Castle of Sancti Petri, already belonging to the municipality of San Fernando, but which is considered a Chiclana symbol. The fortress stands on an islet and to get there you have to do it browsing. To facilitate the access of tourists, a jetty has been built. There are kayak excursions that depart from Punta del Boquerón and also from the town and that tThey lead to the islet so you can visit the castle.
The turret is the oldest part of the fortress, built in the XNUMXth century by Admiral Benedetto Zacarías during the reconquest of Cádiz. Later, in the eighteenth century, the rest was built and served as a strategic military point during the War of Independence, also functioning on specific occasions as a prison for political prisoners of the time.