Chiclana de la Frontera offer up the best of Andalucia, with traditional tapas, an award-winning beach, and Cadiz less than half-an-hour away.
A favourite with Spanish holidaymakers, Chiclana de la Frontera is as authentically Andalucian as they come. The old town centre is a mesh of cobbled streets, flowery courtyards, tapas bars and sherry bodegas – and round here, flamenco dancing is a serious sport.
The beach, Playa de la Barossa, is a short drive from town. This 6 kilometre-long ribbon of white sand is in good company – it was named one of the top 5 Spanish beaches by the Sunday Times. It’s 60 metres wide, and gets in all the essentials – showers, lifeguards and a few beach bars – without ever being too busy.
Only 25 minutes down the road from Cadiz, which is set on a peninsula. Apparently, it’s the oldest city in western Europe, dating back 5,000 years. You’ll get a panoramic view of the place from the top of the west tower at the 18th-century Baroque cathedral. Back down below, there are plenty of places along the red-brick waterfront to cool down with a glass of the local vino, Barbadillo