Chiclana de la Frontera
Distance from the capital (km): 25
Altitude above sea level (m): 11
Area (Km2): 203
Nº of inhabitants: 83705
Name for people: Chiclaneros
Postal code: 11130
Founded in 1303 by Alfonso Pérez de Guzmán, this town experienced great economic development in the 18th century, as the intense merchant and trading activity caught on around the entire Bay. Many manor houses, such as that of the Conde del Pinar, were built around this time.
The wine industry, which traditionally supported the local economy (with excellent wines which belong to the Jerez-Xeres-Sherry and Manzanilla de Sanlúcar Designations of Origin), has slowly given way to the tourist sector with the last few years seeing a spectacular boom. This boom is a response to the municipality's many appealing features - an enviable natural setting and magnificent beaches - which have contributed to the burst of luxurious urban developments which have appeared, such as the Novo de Sancti Petri, with its marina and incredible golf courses.
The town is also at the vanguard of Health Tourism, with the Fuente Amarga Spa (1803), now considered one of the main health centres in Spain. As well as the usual types of treatment for pain, rheumatic, respiratory or dermatological disorders, the spa has amazing relaxing properties, and is a great beauty treatment. And everything is totally natural, with the sulphurous waters which characterise the centre.
From La Barrosa Beach, one can see the picturesque Island of Sancti Petri, the only remaining part of the southern tip of Cadiz’s largest island, where tradition cites as the location of the famous temple of Hercules, erected for the Phoenician god Melkart, and visited by, amongst others, Julius Caesar and Hannibal. There are also the ruins of an old castle.
The Municipal Museum Francisco Montes Paquiro , dedicated to the romantic bullfighters from Chiclana of the 19th century.
The Museum of Chiclana, "Casa Briones", Plaza Mayor, 7. It comprises different topics related to the town history, territory, historical monuments...
Chiclana has beaches to suit every taste, from the typical family beaches like La Barrosa with its wide promenade and full
range of services to other quieter ones in closer contact with nature: El Puerco, sheltered by small cliffs and
Punta de Piedra. Sancti-Petri Beach is ideal for windsurfing.
Night life is guaranteed in both the town and the urban developments near the beach thanks to the high number of places on offer, as well as the restaurants and beach bars.
The beaches of Chiclana "La Barrosa" and "Sancti Petri", only 7 km away from the town centre they are an important tourist and natural resort.
From both beaches, you can see the Island and Castle of Sancti Petri. It is here, according to legend,where a phoenician temple dedicated to Hercules-Melkart was built.
A legacy of monuments
Well worth a visit are the Neoclassical Parish Church of San Juan Bautista, the Church of Jesús Nazareno, the Church of San Telmo and the Hermitage of Santa Ana. The 18th century Torre del Reloj (The Clock Tower) is also of great interest.
Interesting web pages with more information on this place:http://www.turismochiclana.es/
Official Web of Chiclana de la Frontera