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Culture and Architecture

Chiclana de la Frontera is a beautiful Andalucian town situated in the Province of Cadiz in the Costa de la Luz, Southern Spain. Set back some 5-miles inland from the coast it offers wonderful views of the countryside and is an increasingly popular location in which to visit for a holiday, a short break or inspection trip or even to own a Spanish property, whether as a holiday home or as an income property.

Come and stay in my holiday rental villas 'Las Mariposas', 'Norfolk Joy' or 'El Delfin' and experience the real unspoilt Spain. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! If you are thinking of emigrating to this area longer term bookings taken - email for prices and experience real life in Spain.

Chiclana de la Frontera’s climate offers warmth most of the year round with over 315 days of sunshine. Sea breezes from the Atlantic keep the temperature cooler during the Summer months making it pleasantly warm but not too hot.

It is an historical town packed full of 16th century to 18th century architecture. The older part of town is built in the Renaissance style. One of the most impressive monuments is the 18th century Santa Ana Hermitage and the San Juan Bautista Church.

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA CHURCH:

This church is located at the Plaza Mayor. It is an example of neoclassical art. It was designed and built in the 17th century. The architects were Cayon and Benjumeda.

SANTA ANA HERMITAGE:

This prestigious building is probably the most well known in Chiclana. It can be seen from every part of Chiclana. It is an octagonal building surrounded by arches on every side. The features are similar to Byzantine and Islamic architecture. There is a large statue of Sain Ana and the child virgin inside. This sculpture was made by Giscardi in the 18th century. It is open only on Tuesdays.

SAN TELMO:

This church was built in 1783. It is still in use today and the Augustinian monks live there. It is in Calle La Plaza. It has a statue of the Virgin de los Remedios (The patron Saint of Chiclana) and was founded back in the 16th century. Inside there are some famous pictures from the artist Mulato.

JESUS NAZARENO CHURCH AND CONVENT:

This church is a fine example of baroque architecture. The church dates back to the 16th century. It was constructed from the profits made from trade between Spain and America. The door is in a baroque style and made out of Carrara marble. It is one of the finest examples in the whole of this region. It is in Calle Alameda Lora.


OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST:

HILL OF SANTA ANA:

From the top of this hill you can see all the way across the bay of Cadiz. There is an ancient watchtower which was used in case of attack from Vikings and Moors.

LA LOMO DE PUERCO:

The great battle of Chiclana took place here on 15 March 1811. This was the great war against Napoleon, thousands of soldiers from all over Europe were killed here.

TEMPLE OF HERCULES:

Greek mythology touched Chiclana too! This temple is located on the small island of Sancti Petri. During the Spring and early Summer when the sun sets behind the tower it throws it into dark silhouette – well worth a photo.

MIRALMAR:

This is on a hill on a road near to Conil and you can see great views to Chiclana. The bay, the Atlantic Ocean and wonderful landscapes can all be seen from here.

LA ESPARTOSA:

This is the location of the municipal reservoir. It is completely untouched by time and is full of cork oaks, carob trees and many dwarf evergreens.

MEDINA SIDONIA:

There are approximately 15,000 inhabitants and the town is famed for its white streets. It is a beautiful white town and has been declared a zone of artistic, historic and cultural interest. It has wonderful tapas bars, a large town square and many old style buildings with their railed windows and balconies. There are many small squares and pretty fountains. The town is over 3,000 years old and you can transport yourself back in time.

                                   

The vistas from the top of the hill are 360 degrees and you can see the Bay of Cadiz in the distance. A Roman colony of Asido Caesarina was built over the top of the Phoenician settlements. The ‘Cerro del Castillo’ is at the top at over 300 metres high. Under the Visigoths, Medina was the capital of the province and has been the centre of the church since the 4th century. In 712 Medina was invaded by the Muslims. It was then known as Sidonia Cora. In 1264 King Alfonso X El Sabio re-conquered the town and it became part of the frontier with the Nazari kingdom of Granada. History abounds here, the views are spectacular and the picturesque squares and Tapas Bars are worth a try!



A Central Location

My self catering holiday villas are centrally located for visiting the Costa de la Luz part of Andalucia in Spain.
Booking a self-catering holiday rental villa, here in the Costa de la Luz, through www.ExploreChiclana.com , means you can please yourself and have your holiday just the way you want it, by the pool, beach side, city or countryside. Some guests like to spend much of their holiday on the beach. It doesn't get better than the Barrosa beach with all its facilities, especially for children. It is a sandy beach, not pebbles or shingle and has easy gentle sloping access to the sea. The sea is warm and clean. It is much much warmer than the Portuguese Algarve and a whole lot cleaner than the Mediterranean sea. There are several other beaches, Barbate, Cape Trafalgar, El Palmar, Conil, Roche some of which have secluded coves.

Beaches are not for everyone. This area abounds with Culture, History, Walking, Hiking, Riding, Water sports and Golf. The rental villas are centrally located for many daily trips out. The town of Jerez is 30 minutes drive. Take a tour of one of the famous Bodegas of Jerez and see how Sherry and Brandy are made. The town is rich with historic and artistic sites, one day is not enough!! Visit the Moorish Alcazar and gardens, the Clock museum, 15th century churches, the Flamenco museum etc.The performing horses of Jerez are a wonder to behold. For motor sports enthusiasts visit the famous race track. Formula 1 test their cars here and the Moto GP is normally the first one of the season. Check out their web site Jerez Circuit

The wonderful City of Cadiz, a short drive away, is a must to visit on your holiday in Andalucia, Costa de la Luz. The ancient city is approximately 3,000 years old. Cadiz is a very relaxed and easy-going city. People sit outside at the cafes all day long enjoying the cool sea breeze and warm sunshine, gazing up at the Moorish architecture. The old quarter is probably the most beautiful with the mansions of yesteryear merchants, towers, picturesque squares are awe inspiring. Visit a Roman Amphitheatre, admire the Moorish influences. Visit the grand Cathedral or the enormous Ficus trees in the parks and gardens with wild parrots. Shop in the main plaza/square, enjoy an ice cream or tapas in this beautiful area. Cadiz is so close to my holiday villas that many guests choose to spend more than one day visiting Cadiz.

Seville is known as the cultural city of Spain. It is about an hours drive. Or you can park (for free) at the local train station and for a moderate price let the train take you to the centre of Seville. Places to visit in Seville are the Cathedral and Giralda, the Tapas bars of Barrio Santa Cruz, the Alcazar, the Roman ruins of Italica at Santiponce, see the spectacular Plaza de Espana, take a river boat or horse and carriage trip. Take the children to Isla Magica Theme Park (Seville's Alton Towers) or visit one of the city's tablaos and experience a Flamenco Show.

There are some very good, cheap golf courses within easy reach of my Andalucian rental villas. Golfing is a very popular sport and many people have a golfing holiday here in the costa de la Luz Andalucia rather than the more expensive Costa del sol. Click on Useful Tourist Guide/ Golf to get more information.

For people who love nature- it is all here. The famous Donana Nature park with its pink flamingos is close by. The easiest way to explore this nature reserve from the Explorechiclana rental villas is to drive to Sanlucar de la Barrameda and catch a small foot-passenger ferry across the Guadalquivir river to the nature reserve.

Off road trails for walkers are abundant. They are the old Canadas (drover ways) which, in the past, the cattle drovers would bring their livestock to the port of Puerto de Santa Maria to provision the ships in the days of the Conquistadors. Bird watchers will see griffin vultures, storks, kestrels, buzzard, pink flamingos and many other species.