San Fernando

San Fernando

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Touristic zones: Costa de la Luz (Cádiz), Bahía de Cádiz

Distance from the capital (km): 14

Altitude above sea level (m): 8

Area (Km2): 30.65

Nº of inhabitants: 96772

Name for people: Isleños o cañaillas

Postal code: 11100

Web: www.turismosanfernando.org

Forecast

sunny
Friday 31/10/14
sunny
24 ºC 18 ºC
sunny
Saturday 01/11/14
sunny
24 ºC 17 ºC
cloudy
Sunday 02/11/14
cloudy
25 ºC 17 ºC
cloudy
Monday 03/11/14
cloudy
21 ºC 16 ºC
cloudstorm
Tuesday 04/11/14
cloud and chance of storm
21 ºC 15 ºC

Description

Surrounded by the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, the once-called Isla de León which adopted its present-day name after the War of Independence (it was given this in recognition of its contribution to the defence-line against the French), boasts an interesting landscape of marshlands, salt flats and dunes. There is evidence of the presence of the Phoenicians and the Romans in the remains held in the History Museum. The Castle of San Romualdo (an Islamic ‘ribat’, or small fortress) used to defend the only access by land from the mainland to Cadiz. Previously known as “The Castle of El Lugar de la Puente”, it stands at the end of Calle Real nearest to Zuazo Bridge. Its site, near the natural defence line of the Sancti-Petri channel, has been essential in withstanding enemy attacks. But it was not until the second half of the 18th century that the town began to grow rapidly. It took on great importance both to trade and to military strategy thanks to its particular location, and thus became closely linked to the Navy. The Carraca Arsenal, the Marina Observatory, a top ranking scientific centre and the new town of San Carlos, where the San Carlos Hospital and the Illustrious Sailors’ Pavilion are located here. The Sailors Mausoleums existing in the aisles of the latter are exceptional. The town’s Naval Museum is proof of the significance of the Island in this field. The life and the atmosphere of the town centre on the Calle Real, where we find the individual architecture of the Island and the exquisite ironwork grilles on the windows of the houses. Perhaps the most important monuments are, in terms of civil buildings, the Town Hall, and extraordinary Neoclassical building, and
the Cambiazo Patio. Noteworthy examples of its religious architecture include the Churches of El Carmen (with delightful Genovese marblework), San Francisco, La Divina Pastora and San Pedro y San Pablo. The island’s beach known as Castillo or Camposoto is situated in the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, with easy access from San Fernando, Cadiz and Chiclana. It is one of the cleanest, unspoilt beaches on the coast, carrying the Blue Flag for the Clean Seas of Europe. It is a sandy strip  with clear, clean waters and magnificent dunes which stretch from the Sancti Petri Castle, a point known as Punta del Boquerón, to the River Arillo, at the limits of the town. The scenery at low tide is spectacular

Island Flavour

Visitors can choose from San Fernando’s countless bars and pubs where exquisite fish dishes, “bienmesabe” (fried marinated snapper shark), or “cañaíllas” (sea snails) and the popular Bocas de La Isla (local sea crab) can be savoured, not to mention the famous shrimp fritters. The marshlands and estuaries of the area are rich picking grounds for shellfish and fish, and are also ideal for bird-watching

José Monge "Camarón de la Isla"

This flamenco singer revolutionised the flamenco universe with his personal style, recreating the traditional style and incorporating new trends by being open to contemporary popular music. His tremendous influence can still be appreciated  today in all aspects of flamenco, from singing to the ‘fusion’ style developed by younger artists. La Niña Pastori and  flamenco dancer Sara Baras were also born in San Fernando.

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Interesting web pages with more information on this place:

http://www.sanfernando.es/
Official Web of the city council of San Fernando
http://www.turismosanfernando.org/
Official Tourism Website of San Fernando

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