Holiday Villa in Sanlucar de Barrameda,Cadiz,Costa de la Luz,beach,golf
just outside of Sanlucar in a suburb named "madre del agua" you can find this beautiful villa.
It was build and designed in 2003 by a dutch family who uses this villa 4 months a year.
Once you are here it is clear to see that the villa was designed to be as comfortable as possible.
there is a large kitchen with al the equipment 2 large bedrooms and 2 large bathrooms and a single bedroom.
All furniture and beds is of high quality bought by the owners for their own comfort.
Outside you´ll find a large terrace al around the villa and the swimming pool.
Of course also with garden furniture.
You do not need to go out but if you want , you can walk in 15 minutes to the beach.
and you´re 3 km away from the city centre
In Sanlucar is a lot to do,but you can not notice any foreign influence .This is still the real Spain.
there are plenty of restaurants in the centre but also a lot on the beach.Terraces are open almost the whole night and you can find tapas anywhere.
Important is also the 18 holes Golf course wich is unique in its kind.
Airport Jerez at 25 km
If you want to experience the real Andalucia and avoid the commercialism and mass tourism of the costas, then Sanlucar de Barrameda is an ideal town to visit and experience.
Sanlucar has been described as 'a community in a state of grace'. It not only has great food, fine wine, lovely beaches, a warm climate and Europe's biggest wildlife reserve on its doorstep, 'this near perfect place' has a people with a passion for life that is always enthralling.
The town is located in the far south of Spain on the Atlantic - on the Costa de la Luz (coast of light). North Africa is not far away. The nearest airport is Jerez, which is only a 25 minute drive away. Seville airport is just over an hour's drive away.
Sanlucar is situated at the point where the great Guadalquivir river meets the Atlantic. On the other side of the estuary lies the Doņana national park, which is Europe's largest wetlands, wildlife park.
The quality of light is one of the striking aspects of Andalucia. Sanlucar has more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and the annual rainfall is low. In December, the average maximum daily temperature is 16 degrees cent. and in August it is 30 degrees.
'Sanlucar de Barrameda has the character of a colonial town thrown up on some tropical coast. Yet Sanlucar is not a sad place absorbed in nostalgic dreams of the past. The life that is led here is so lively, enchanting and special that it is easy to imagine the town as a setting of a novel by a magical realist from Latin America.' - A guide to Andalusia: Michael Jacobs 1990
The town has a population of 61,000 people. Its economy is largely dependent on fishing and the production of the unique sherry - 'manzanilla', and it is famous both for this and its seafood such as 'langostinos'. It is a tourist destination largely for other Spanish people, mainly from Seville. It claims to have the youngest population in the country, with the highest proportion of under 25s of any town in Spain. Anybody visiting Sanlucar will be struck by its vibrant, friendly atmosphere.
Sanlucar has an old quarter (barrio alto) and a relatively newer part (barrio bajo) that comprises much of the lower part of the town and the beach area. The barrio alto (where the apartment is situated) is where most of the centuries old convents, churches and palaces are located. It also has many old sherry bodegas producing all types of sherry but in particular the unique Manzanilla that can only be made in Sanlucar.
The old quarter has the main square - Plaza del Cabildo (see right) - which is the beating heart of the town with some great tapas bars and cafes. The square is lined with orange trees, has two large palm trees at either end and a large fountain in the centre. It is difficult to pull oneself away from this square as it is such a pleasant and lively scene both day and night.
The lower quarter of the town is the modern part but it is still Spanish in character. It extends down to the sea-front promenades and golden sandy beaches. The main feature is the tree lined avenue, which leads all the way to the sea. This avenue, the seafront promenades and the beaches are the locations for the spectacular Feria de la Manzanilla in late May.
There are pleasant cafes and bars in the lower quarter. In Summer, there are several restaurants/cafes on the actual beach and the beach is also the location for the historic horse racing that has been taking place here, every year in August since the middle of the 19th century.
Another major feature of the lower quarter is the waterfront restaurant area, the Bajo de Guia. This waterfront promenade has some of the finest seafood restaurants in Andalucia, with wonderful views over the water to the Doņana National Park. You can also catch a boat here for a trip to the Doņana.
The town dates back at least to Phoenician times and some claim it dates back to the ancient civilisation of Tartessos that ended in about 500 BC. It was a strategically important town for the Moors and a castle was built here to protect the great river Guadalquivir that is navigable up to Seville. It used to be navigable all the way up to Cordoba, which was the capital of Moorish Spain.
With the Christian conquest of this part of Spain in the late 13th century, the town was granted to the legendary figure in Spanish history, Guzman el Bueno, who was in effect the first Duke of Medina Sidonia. Contrary to long standing "historical fact", (exposed as myth by the present Duchess of Medina Sidonia), Guzman was actually a Muslim from north Africa; not a Christian knight from the Castilian north of Spain. Due to the intolerance and persecution of Catholic Spain, coupled with Guzman's political ambition, the family converted from their Muslim faith.
Sanlucar became an important port at the time of the discovery of the Americas. Columbus left from here on his 3rd trip to the Americas and Magellan departed from Sanlucar on the first circumnavigation of the globe. Its prominence grew in line with the power of the House of Medina Sidonia and peaked at the end of the 16th century when the King of Spain chose the 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia to plan and lead the Armada and the invasion of Elizabethan England. The rest is history
and the progressive decline in Sanlucar's status and power set in for the next two centuries.
In the 19th century the town enjoyed a renaissance and the French Duke of Montpensier had a neo Moorish palace built in the town as a summer residence. Sanlucar became popular as a seaside resort in the late 19th century and it has remained so especially for Spanish people, with a lively cycle of festivities and cultural events throughout the year.
Sanlucar is famous for its seafood, particularly langostinos, its fresh vegetables grown in the area surrounding the town, and its splendid manzanilla sherry. The best place to eat is in the restaurants and bars by the waterfront (Bajo de Guia), which also have a great selection of wines. However there are many other tapas bars and restaurants in the town that offer excellent value for money.
Sanlucar also has a reputation for cakes & sweet pastries and ice creams have been made here for over 100 years. The 'tocinos de cielo' (crčme caramel) are exquisite, especially those made by the nuns in the convent, Madre de Dios.
The Parque Nacional de Doņana is essentially the delta of the river Guadalquivir, the 'big river', or Wada-I-Kebir, of the Moors. Access to the park is strictly controlled to protect Europe's biggest wildlife sanctuary. There are deer and wild boar in abundance but some wildlife is in danger of extinction, such as the Spanish lynx, the Egyptian mongoose and the imperial eagle. Vegetation is typical Mediterranean thicket of narrow leaved cistus heather, mastic tree, rosemary, cistus scrub and red lavender. The park also has forests of cork oak and stone pine.
The Doņana is famous for the variety of species of birds, either permanent residents, winter visitors from north and central Europe or summer visitors from Africa, such as colourful colonies of flamingo. In the marshes and amid the cork oak forests, you've a good chance of seeing grey herons, lanner falcons, ring and turtle doves, partridges, oxpeckers, cattle egret, storks, vultures and possibly the rare Spanish Imperial Eagle.
There is a twice daily boat trip from the pier on the Bajo de Guia that has two stops on the edge of the park. You can also explore the park in much more depth in a land rover, seeing all three eco-systems (the dunes, marshes & forests), but this has to be arranged through the licensed travel agency.
Doņana Boat trip: Centro de Visitantes, Fabrica de Hielo, Bajo de Guia
Tel no. 956363813
Doņana Interior Trip: Viajes Doņana, Calle San Juan 8,
Tel. No. 956362540
Sanlucar has two beaches with fine grained golden sands. There are also other very good beaches within reach at Chipiona, about four miles south of Sanlucar. There are sailing, canoeing and windsurfing clubs, all of which provide lessons.
Horse riding is also a major feature of the area. There are a number of local centres, many of which offer lessons in riding and dressage.
There are many golf courses in the region. On the outskirts of town is the local golf club 'Sanlucar Club de Campo', which has fine views over the Guadalquivir river and the Doņana National Park beyond.