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Golf Holiday for Rent in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Region and Culture of Sanlucar, Andalucia

The Sanlúcar region and it's culture

Sanlúcar de Barrameda

Sanlúcar de Barrameda is one of Spain's three better-known sherry-producing towns. The other two are Jerez de la Frontera, for which sherry is named, and El Puerto de Santa Maria. Many wine-lovers enjoy visiting its cellars.

Horse Racing on the Beach!

A seaside town, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, is also home to the oldest horse races in Spain and some of the oldest in Europe. The races take place, just before sunset, along the beach at the mouth of the river Guadalquivir every August within sight of thousands of spectators. Contested at distances of 1500m and 1800m, these were the first-ever regulated horse races in Spain. Riders wear distinctive colours and caps.

Spanish Cuisine and Fiestas

Sanlúcar is a good place for those who love food and drink. One of the better opportunities for visitors to indulge themselves is the Sanlúcar Tapas Fair, a local gastronomy competition. Other events are: the Feria de la Manzanilla in early June, which is held at the beginning of the Noches de Bajo de Guía flamenco season, classical and jazz festivals, and the various concerts.

Plaza de Cabildo, Sanlúcar, Spain

History & Culture

The city is also known for the Rocio Pilgrimage, one of the more popular manifestations of the Roman Catholic faith. It can be compared to the pilgrimages to Santiago or Lourdes.

This city also has a large number of monuments and sites of historical interest, such as the castle of Santiago, from the 15th century; the palace of the Infantes of Orleans and Borbón, which is now used as the City Hall; the Church of Nuestra Señora de la O; the palace of the dukes of Sidonia, which now houses the municipal archives; and the Convent of Santo Domingo, a 16th-century building.

Explore the history and food of Sanlúcar

In 1264 CE, after Sanlúcar de Barrameda was taken from the Moors by King Alfonso X of Castile, it was reconstituted, becoming, during the 15th and 16th centuries, one of the most important ports for trade connecting the Atlantic coast with the Mediterranean.

After the discovery of the New World, Sanlúcar became a port for refitting ships, and it was the point of departure for various Spanish conquistadors. Christopher Columbus, on May 30, 1498 left for his third voyage from Sanlúcar. Another historical departure was that of Ferdinand Magellan on August 10, 1519, with a fleet of five ships under his command, that left Seville and traveled down the Guadalquivir to Sanlúcar de Barrameda at the mouth of the river, where they remained more than five weeks. Sanlucar also witnessed the arrival in 1522 of the last surviving ship of Magellan's expedition, commanded by Juan Sebastián Elcano, making it the first ship to circumnavigate the world.

Alonso Fernández de Lugo, conqueror of the Canary Islands, of La Palma (1492) and Tenerife (1495), and subsequently the governor of the islands, was born in Sanlúcar.

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