Culture / Sanlúcar
Sanlúcar de Barrameda is synonymous with Manzanilla, a wine that has been and continues to be living history in the town where it was born. A seafaring town full of joy, beauty and vitality.
Bajo de guía
Doñana National Park
Bodegas in Sanlúcar
Winemaking is in Sanlucar’s DNA and its bodegas, a key part of the town’s cultural legacy. Known as “wine cathedrals” for their large dimensions, these impressive buildings are a beautiful way to delve into the history of these world-class wines.
The bodegas of Sanlúcar are home to centuries of winemaking tradition and incalculable heritage that has been kept alive and handed down from one generation of winemakers to the next.
The silence that reigns among the long rows of wine casks offers visitors the chance to reflect upon the history and distinctive features of this town.
The Manzanilla Museum
Plaza del Cabildo
Castillo de Santiago (St. James Castle)
The Castle of St. James, located up in the Barrio Alto, was built in the 15th century by the House of Medina Sidonia. The view of the town from aloft its towers is truly spectacular.
Its late-Gothic defensive architectural features are a fabulous reminder of its 500 years of history. Particularly striking is the doorway that joins the Patio de Armas with the barbican on the north side, known as the “Door of the Mermaid”.
The Palace of Medina Sidonia
Nuestra Señora de la O (Our Lady of the O)
Our Lady of the O is a 16th century chapel adjoined to the Palace of Medina Sidonia by a private balcony from which the duke’s family could attend religious ceremonies held in the chapel.
The palace was declared a Monument of Artistic-Historical Interest in 1931 and is currently Sanlúcar’s main parish church. Inside, the Chapel of Our Lady of Antigua, a figure venerated as the patroness of the discovery of America, is richly decorated with beautiful paintings. It is said that many a sailor stopped by the chapel to pray to her for protection before departing for the New World.
Horse Races On The Beach
Places to visit
Its historical legacy and valuable wine heritage lend Sanlúcar de Barrameda a wealth of cultural assets and a personality that has won over legions of visitors. The town’s character is best lived and enjoyed at its many bars and restaurants.
When it comes to visiting Sanlúcar, food and wine go hand in hand (no pun intended). As an epicentre of winemaking, the town’s bars and restaurants play a crucial role in helping visitors discover and enjoy Manzanilla.
Here’s a list of places we recommend and the specialities you can find at these establishments. You’ll won’t want to miss them on your next visit to Sanlúcar de Barrameda.