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MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS
San Marcos castle
El castillo de San Marcos fue mandado construir en 1264 by Alfonso X "El Sabio" on a mosque of the s. X. For this, the Roman remains are used (some still visible) and the existing Arab mosque (of which the quibla and mihrab are preserved), fortifying the place with four towers, two with a hexagonal plan and two with a square plan. On the ground floor of a hexagonal tower is the chapel of the Virgen de los Milagros. It is therefore a church-fortress. Alfonso X fixes in him the headquarters of the Order of Santa María of Spain in 1272, that later would become part of the Order of Santiago. The monarch himself mentions it in his work "Cantigas a Santa María".
Address: Alfonso X el Sabio Square, 3
Phone: 627 56 93 35
Osborne's history dates back to the end of the 18th century, when a young English merchant, by the name Thomas Osborne Mann, arrived in Cádiz lands to market the wines of the area. He begins to do business in the Port of Santa María and acquires several warehouses that he will later merge under a single brand: Osborne. His long and impeccable career of almost 250 years, have made Osborne a highly renowned and internationally recognized business group. The birth of the Osborne Bull in 1956 It was an unusual milestone. This symbol has been, over the years, an icon that has represented the brand, and has left its mark and beautiful childhood memories of those landscapes with the figure of a bull 14 meters on top of some hill, and that we could see from the roads.
Address: Río Segura Street, 3
Phone: 956 54 06 15
Los Toruños Natural Park
The Marisma de los Toruños and Pinar de la Algaida Metropolitan Park occupies an area of just over 1.000 hectares in the heart of the Bay of Cádiz, surface that belongs to the municipal terms of Puerto Real and El Puerto de Santa María. Integrated in the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, This metropolitan park is in turn protected by international conservation figures due to its unique relevance for the maintenance of its habitats and species of interest.. In addition to its ecological values, cultural heritage - material and immaterial- given by the traditional use of the territory, that has allowed the conservation of their habitats and the use and enjoyment of the spaces and landscapes that we know today. further, in the park numerous sporting and sociocultural events are organized and held.
Address: Of. from sea, 7
Phone: 856 58 05 24
Greater Priory Church
In the Plaza de España, in the heart of the old town of Puerto de Santa María de Cádiz, the Mayor Prioral Church rises majestically, It is one of the most emblematic and significant buildings of the Hispalense Archdiocese. The construction of the Priory Main Church dates from the 15th century, in full swing of the Dukes of Medinaceli. A time of economic and commercial development that in turn led to the development in the artistic heritage of a very religious population such as the Spain of the Catholic Monarchs. Sandstone was used in its construction, extracted from the quarries of the Sierra de San Cristóbal. Since its construction lasted several centuries, the church has elements of late gothic, baroque and neoclassical.
Address: Spain Square, s/n
Phone: 956 85 17 16
It has around thirty establishments among butchers, greengrocers, vegetables, spices and, especially fisheries. En estas se pueden encontrar algunos productos muy típicos de El Puerto como el malarmao, las castañitas, el marrajo o la raya. En los alrededores también se sitúan algunos establecimientos singulares de El Puerto de Santa María. Así se pueden comprar aceitunas en el puesto de Milagrosa, o desayunar churros del puesto de Charo. Para comérselos el Bar Vicente, a whole institute and a historical site. Para tapear luego al mediodía con productos del propio mercado el bar Brillante. Also interesting two places located nearby, la pastelería y cafetería La Merced o la panadería de la calle Vicario. A curious fact is that one of the stalls is occupied by a chapel dedicated to the Virgin.
Address: Sierpe Street, s/n
Houses-Palace of the Chargers of the Indies
The palace-houses of Chargers to the Indies are a type of Andalusian palatial domestic dwelling built in the 17th and 18th centuries in Cádiz, The Port of Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda, product of commercial activity with the Spanish territories in America. These rich merchants who will receive the name of porters to the Indies had different origins., both Spanish and foreign.
En El Puerto de Santa María, known as the “city of a hundred palaces”, stand out:
- The palace-house of Vizarrón or Las Cadenas.
- The palace of Araníbar, 17th century, conserva un extraordinario artesonado de origen mudéjar y formas geométricas.
- The palace of Santa Cruz or Valdivieso.
- The Villarreal and Purullena palace, 18th century.
- Roque Aguado's house, 18th century.
- Reynoso House-Palace, 18th century.
Basilica Our Lady of Miracles
It is built in the upper part of the city and its construction is documented from 1486, coinciding with the stage of constructive apogee that the Dukes of Medinaceli promote, jurisdictional lords of the town and promoters of this work and others. Like most of the buildings in the area and the cathedral of Seville itself, from which it receives influences, It is built with sandstone from the quarries of the Sierra de San Cristóbal, from which many works from the region were supplied.
Address: Spain Square
Rafael Alberti Museum
The Rafael Alberti Foundation is based in El Puerto de Santa María in a three-story house, bright and white, of simple and typical Andalusian construction in which the poet lived as a child. In her are deposited not only the childhood memories of the universal poet, but also the donation that together with his first wife, Maria Teresa Leon, He made in 1978 to his hometown, as well as new contributions that are arriving every day to complete the intense biography and work of Rafael Alberti. The main work of the Rafael Alberti Foundation, as a cultural institution that is, is to watch over the poet's work, encourage your research and spread it, as well as highlighting the importance of Generation of 27 -to which Alberti belongs as one of its most outstanding members- in the Spanish lyric of the 20th century and the ties of close friendship that united these poets until the end of their lives. Without forgetting in this constant effort to keep alive, latent, the significance of the name of Rafael Alberti in the events of our most recent history, so that your figure is not distorted through time.
Address: C / Santo Domingo, 25
Forming part of a luxury urbanization of the same name, Puerto Sherry, relatively recent construction, it is one of the best marinas in Europe, allows the practice of the most diverse nautical sports. Próximo al centro comercial de la ciudad y a toda la zona de la bahía gaditana, enables the enjoyment of nautical activities and leisure in general, without forgetting the gastronomic and oenological. This land gives prestigious wines ideal to accompany a good seafood meal. It is an ideal place to eat and have a drink with wonderful views of the sea.
Address: Avda Libertad S / N
BEACHES OF THE PORT OF SANTA MARÍA AND NEARBY
Valdelagrana Beach, of fine golden sand. It is located in the Bay of Cádiz, in the municipality of Puerto de Santa María. Nestled between the Guadalete River and Levante Beach, this beach of more than 2 km of extension is very popular and crowded. The great extension of the beach, its calm and shallow waters make it ideal to go with children. Along the beach we find a very long promenade with many bars, restaurants and beach bars where you can have a beer or taste delicious typical dishes of the area. The wide range of leisure activities in its surroundings, with cinemas and shopping centers make it a very popular beach.
It is the ideal beach for practicing water sports such as windsurfing or kitesurfing..
Address: Playa Valdelagrana
La Playa de la Calita, en El Puerto de Santa María, it is, as its name indicates, a small rocky cove with fine white sand. It has an extension of just over 0,5 kilómetros y está situada entre las playas de La Muralla y la de Santa Catalina. It is very little known by people who travel to El Puerto, so it is a very good option if you want to spend some time on the beach in a more secluded and quiet way. En la parte superior de la cala encontramos un amplio parking público. Its access is by a single staircase that is in the middle of the cove.
Address: Calita Beach
Santa Catalina beach
This beach is, along with that of Valdelagrana, the longest in the city of El Puerto. Includes the beaches commonly known as Vistahermosa or El Buzo, Red crab, The Networks and The Anchor, due to the urbanizations where it is located. Has 3.000 meters long and 40 meters wide with a high level of average occupancy. It has clean sand, golden and fine, moderate waves and some rocks in some areas. It has a wide range of services: bathrooms, you showers, phones, umbrella rental, hammock and deckchair rental, Disabled access, chiringuitos, water sports school, first aid kit, public address, distress system, urban bus, parking, etc.
Address: Santa Catalina beach
La Puntilla Beach
Located at the mouth of the Guadalete river and separated from it by a breakwater, This beach is considered the main one for the inhabitants of the area. Its waters are calm and its sand is fine and golden.. This sandbank is 1300m long and 70m wide with a high level of occupancy. Thus, not ideal for those looking for a quiet place. This beach has numerous services: lifeguard services, first aid, Vigilance tower, toilets, you showers, umbrella rental, hammock rental, sun lounger rental, phones, access and care modules for people with reduced mobility, who can enjoy a bath in the sea water thanks to special chairs, etc.
Address: La Puntilla Beach
La Muralla beach
La Muralla beach is located between the cliff of the old castle of Santa Catalina, a 16th century fortress, and Puerto Sherry, a luxurious and attractive sailing area, residential and hotel. 400 meters long and 70 metros de ancho y está compuesto por arena fina y dorada y aguas tranquilas. Dispone de muchos servicios: emergency facilities, toilets, you showers, urban bus, parking, access adapted for people with reduced mobility, first aid, bicycle parking, trash cubes, etc. It is an ideal place to eat while admiring wonderful views from its many restaurants..
Address: La Muralla beach
This beach is located further north of El Puerto, on the edge of the city of Rota. Its extension is small, since it barely exceeds 700 meters long with a width of about 40 meters. It is a beach of fine golden sand, its waves are moderate and its average level of occupation is high. It is a family beach because it is located next to the urbanization that gives it its name, becoming a meeting point during the summer between tourists and residents of the residential area. This beach has many services: parking, toilets, you showers, phones, rental of umbrellas and deck chairs, urban bus, access for people with reduced mobility, rescue devices, chiringuito, etc.
Address: Fuentebravía beach
Levante beach is a virgin beach. Located in the Natural Park of the Bay of Cádiz, has more than 5 kilometers long. Levante beach has a stretch of nudist beach, which is accessed through one of the Los Toruños car parks. On this beach, being protected, fishing is prohibited.
Address: Levante Beach