10 Best Things To Do In Chiclana De La Frontera, Spain

things to do in chiclana de la frontera spain

Chiclana de la Frontera in Spain is situated in the Andalusian province of Cadiz. Chiclana in close proximity to Jerez de la Frontera airport and accessible by road from Seville. Chiclana de la Frontera is an eclectic city with several amenities and home to significant cultural attractions. There is much for everyone visiting the city to do and enjoy. Below are 10 varied activities that you can consider carrying out while visiting Chiclana de la Frontera.

1. Ermita de Santa Ana

Ermita de Santa Ana, Chiclana
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Ermita de Santa Ana in Chiclana is situated on the highest part of the city and sits on the hill bearing the same name. Due to its elevation on a hill, Ermita de Santa Ana is visible from anywhere around the city. This architecture was a creation of the 18th century and is a stunning chapel which is encompassed by a semi-spherical vault on a small drum. This vault consists of four holes which have been constructed so as to enhance the interior illumination of the hermitage. The interior of the chapel houses a small altar that bears the image of Santa Ana.

Ermita de Santa Ana

Address: 11130 Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain

Website: Ermita de Santa Ana - in Spanish)

2. La Barrosa

La Barrosa Chiclana de la frontera
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Around 6 kilometers (4 miles) away from Chiclana is this beautiful, laid-back beach town, La Barrosa. La Barrosa is a popular beach destination for Spanish holidaymakers. La Barrosa consists of 8 kilometers (5 miles) of white, fine sand, azure waters and a conducive natural environment to undertake water sports. La Barrosa is divided into 2 sections. The first section is the waterfront promenade with several facilities like restaurants, walkways, and bars. The second part of the beach stretch is an extension of the first section, consisting of nature such as pine woods and dunes. Several accommodation options are available in this beach town.

La Barrosa

Address: Playa la Barrosa, Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

Website: La Barrosa

3. La Torre del Reloj

Torre del Reloj (plaza)
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La Torre del Reloj is a clock tower, also otherwise known as Arquillo del Reloj and is one of the most renowned buildings in Chiclana. Built back in the 18th century, the clock tower was initially part of the old Town Hall. However, owing to a lack of the old Town Hall. The clock tower was later used as a religious item in the nearby Church of San Juan Bautista as the bell towers there were unfinished.

The clock tower was built in ossuary stone and is four-bodied. The base of the clock tower has a cut arch which gives access to the body of the clock mechanism. The clock tower alongside with the Church of San Juan Bautista is a great attraction for visitors to Chiclana.

La Torre del Reloj

Address: Plaza Mayor, Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

Website: La Torre del Reloj - in Spanish)

4. Biblioteca Publica Municipal Garcia Gutierrez

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The Biblioteca Publica Municipal Garcia Gutierrez is a library located in central Chiclana, This library is a comprehensive one and occupies a vast area with almost 665 meters (2,200 feet) of shelves. The library is catered to both adults and children and there are separate sections for both. The library is a great place for learning and obtaining materials of varied nature. Periodical prints are also available and visitors to the expansive biblioteca can enjoy free WiFi.

Biblioteca Publica Municipal Garcia Gutierrez

Address: Calle la Vega, 6, 11130 Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain

Website: Biblioteca Publica Municipal Garcia Gutierrez

5. Convento de Jesus Nazareno

Portada Jesús Nazareno
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The Convento de Jesus Nazareno is perhaps the most iconic building of the Baroque period and needs to be visited when in the city. This church was built somewhere between 1670 and 1674 and consists of two portions; the residence and the church itself. The exterior of the church is made of Genoese marble and has an entrance which has a key architectural feature reflective of the Baroque period. The interior of the church is characterized by iconic designs which Baroque style lovers will truly appreciate. The church is also home to many interesting pieces, one of which being the carving of the Christ of Mexican.

Convento de Jesus Nazareno

Address: Plaza de Jesús Nazareno, Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

Website: Convento de Jesus Nazareno - in Spanish)

6. Islote de Sancti Petri

Islote de Sancti Petri (Chiclana)
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One unique attraction to visit while in Chiclana would be the Islote de Sancti Petri. This is a barren island which is owned by the municipality of San Fernando in the province of Cádiz. Once a restricted military zone, the island is now controlled by the Spanish Environment Ministry. An iconic structure on this barren island is the Castle of Sancti Petri. Although only mainly the ruins of the castle now exist, the tower of the castle has been rebuilt and today serves as a lighthouse.

This island can be reached by boat from El Pueblo de Sancti Petri in about 15 minutes. You can hire a guide to take you around the castle and learn about the history of the place. This is an experience you should not miss out on.

Islote de Sancti Petri

Address: Sancti Petri Island, 11100 San Fernando, Spain

Website: Islote de Sancti Petri

7. Check out Chiclana’s markets

Mercado de abastos Chiclana
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A vibrant market culture exists in Chiclana and provides people with a wide variety of food produce and goods. The center of Chiclana is also home to the popular covered market which operates every day and bustles with activity. This market sells a wide range of fruit and vegetables, fish and meat every day from Monday to Saturday. Another outdoor market which is popular in the city is held every Tuesday morning where apparel, spices and leather goods can be found. Do check out details of one of the most popular markets here.

Markets at Plaza de las Bodegas

Address: Plaza de las Bodegas, Chiclana

Website: Markets at Plaza de las Bodegas

8. Night out at Chiclana's seafront

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Chiclana, in general, has a chilled atmosphere with everyone taking the day easy. Most of the nightlife in Chiclana happens on the seafront. Most of the bars which a lively, party atmosphere at night are located on the beachfront. Therefore, in order to enjoy the best of Chiclana’s nightlife, you will have to head to one of the countless beach bars in the city. There are also several restaurants along the beachfront which will satisfy your hungry tummies. Do be sure to visit one of the best seafront restaurants in Chiclana, Cerveceria Berlin.

Cerveceria Beerlin

Address: Calle ostion, Centro Comercial Miramar, 11139, Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

Facebook: Cerveceria Beerlin

9. Pig out on Chiclana's cuisine

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It will probably not be an exaggeration to claim that food in Chiclana is one of the finest in the whole of Andalusia. There are some very fine, high-quality restaurants which dish out excellent food. Most of these high-quality restaurants can be found in the city center or along the beach stretch. One will also be able to find restaurants serving delectable cuisine around the area of Novo Sancti Petri.

You will not only be able to find Spanish food, you will also get the chance to choose other cuisines such as Italian, Mexican and Chinese. Seafood is commonly found around the city so you may find it on every menu. Local specialties include butifarras and longanizas. If you are in the area, do check out Chiringuito Albatros. This is a beachfront restaurant serving delicious local food at affordable rates.

Chiringuito Albatros

Address: Playa de la Barrosa, Urb. Novo Sancti Petri | Debajo Del Hotel Riu, Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

Website: Chiringuito Albatros - in Spanish)

10. Explore nature at Cadiz Bay

Cadiz bay
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If you are looking to get into the open and enjoy nature, then exploring Cadiz Bay the thing for you. Spanning over 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres), Cadiz Bay Natural Park serves as an ideal getaway destination for people of all ages. One will be able to find decent varieties of sea creatures like prawns, clams, and oysters. Bird lovers can enjoy sightings of varied birds such as ducks, vultures, and doves.

Within Cadiz, there are several natural routes that you can take, to explore different types of flora and fauna. Stand at one of the lagoons in the tranquil Cadiz Bay and watch masses of flamingos fly past. This is truly a must-visit destination and is completely unspoiled.

Natural Park of Cadiz Bay

Address: Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain

Website: Natural Park of Cadiz Bay

Make Chiclana de la Frontera your choice destination

Puente VII Centenario en Chiclana
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Whether you have a weekend to spare at Chiclana or an entire week, there are enough activities for you to keep yourself occupied. Bearing a legacy of monuments, the city is also fortunate to have spectacular beaches and a tranquil natural environment that will give you a good time.

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