El Puerto de Santa María

The sight of the seafood set out on stalls which spill out onto the street is unforgettable in this fishing town. Go there for one reason only, to eat shellfish, accompanied by a chilled glass of fino or manzanilla sherry, produced in the area. Or, buy some fish, even a lobster, and take it back to your holiday rental property to enjoy at leisure.

Opposite Cádiz across the Bahia de Cádiz, El Puerto is still a commercial and fishing port and it was here that Columbus's flagship the Santa María was kitted out before it set off for the New World.

This is one of the three towns making up the sherry triangle; warehouses line the banks of the River Guadalete, and vines cover the undulating landscape.

The fighting bulls of Andalucia are reared in the surrounding area, and the corrida is, to many people , a religion.


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