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Sanlucar de Barrameda
This town of Cadiz is located on the side of the river Guadalquivir besides Natural Park of Doñana; a town rich in history and culture which is worthwhile a stopover if you are visiting the province of Cadiz, a place known among other things for its gastronomy.
The area corresponding to Sanlucar de Barrameda has been inhabited since prehistoric times and later was occupied by the Muslims during the reign of Al-Andalus.
The name may come from the Latin "sub lucare" or Arabic "shaluqa", being adapted to Christian beliefs after its conquest.
After the Christian conquest the quality of life of the inhabitants dropped considerably which led to a revolt that was eventually stopped by the conquering armies who tried to expel the entire Muslim population; albeit with moderate success since according to various notes found in many cases they changed the name and it was impossible to differentiate the original inhabitants from those coming from the north; many refused to leave the land where they were born and returned to hide in the mountains.
Already in the fifteenth century Sanlucar was an important trading port from where was explored the Atlantic coast of Africa and from where left maritime expeditions for the New World. This importance is gradually lost over the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, although the fame of the place for some centuries caused its appearance in a work as well-known as Cervantes' Don Quixote.
Currently Sanlucar de Barrameda is an important spot for family and residential tourism with a wide range of hotels and a major commercial life.
Tourism and things to do in Sanlucar de Barrameda
Located in the area corresponding to Costa de la Luz, Sanlucar de Barrameda is an attractive tourist destination with a wide range of accommodation, both near the coast and rural, the area provides river access to Doñana National Park, an important tourist point.
Other places to visit are:
Gardens of the Palace Medina Sidonia
Its origin dates back to the sixteenth century and its fountains were built later in the seventeenth century.
The part of the Doñana National Park which is situated in the province of Cadiz corresponds to Sanlucar de Barrameda; separated by the river Guadalquivir its marshes host has a lot of species of waterfowl during the winter.
Museums and other cultural events
Other events you can visit are:
Tapas fair of Sanlucar
Horse Racing on the beach, considered an international tourist event.
How to get to Sanlucar from Malaga
The route to take is the same as if you go from Malaga to Jerez de la Frontera; bypassing this municipality and following the signs you get to Sanlucar de Barrameda.
Another option is to take the road along the coast towards Puerto de Santa Maria, although the route is somewhat longer increasing the journey time in about 45 minutes.
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