You can visit the local Bodegas (wine cellars) which make up big part of this town and sample some of the local sherry or fino (a very swwet white wine). Try: Osborne (956 861600) on Calle Fernán Caballero. It's Labels are: Fino Quinta: Fino. Cara de Gallo: Manzanilla Fina. Conqueiro: Amontillado. Bailén: Oloroso. 10RF: Oloroso medium. Santa María:...more
The structure you can see in the photo is located next to the train station. As you can see the left hand side is an old church. what you can see tacked on to the right hand side is the old jail. These days it is used as an exhibition and business fair centre.more
There is also a really good castle which is a mix of different eras and cultures by Plaza Juan de la Cosa.It was constructed somewhere around the 10th Century as a Muslim Mosque and was transformed into Christian temple in the 13th Century. Later it chopped and changed between these two denominations and design until 1943 when it underwent it's...more
For Family entertainment try Aquasherry a water park located just out of town heading towards Jerez. Opening hours: June 15th to September 4th 2005.Gates open: June and September from 11 am to 6 pm. July and August from 11 am to 7 pm.City BusesBuses stopping at the park gates: No. 26 from El Puerto de Santa María, every 40 minutes...more
This is a photo of El Puerto's worst beach which was also my local beach when I lived there. Called La Puntilla it is the beach closest to the centre. It is not a bad beach; I only call it the worst because there are better one's and that this beach is directly opposite Cádiz Cities idustrial side so the water often gets a little polluted. Head...more
Puerto Sherry is part of El Puerto de Santa Maria, yet due to it's distinct architecture I has a really different feel to it. It is located next to a marina that joins it to Playa La Puntilla, although it overlooks a small beach of it's own, La Muralla (the wall). This is from where Napoleon bombed Cadiz.The buildings, as you can see from the photo...more
Avda de La Paz 38, Playa de Valdelagrana, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Costa de la Luz, 11500, Spain
Good for: Business
Calle Virgen de los Milagros, 27, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Costa de la Luz, 11500, Spain
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Families
While searching for a decent place to stay on our one night in El Puerto, I ran across this hotel....more
Freshly made pasta and Pizza, the quality is very high here although the prices are reasonable! The owner is from Frienze in Italy and is very friendly and if you are a good customer he will give you free drink.There are actually two Non solo Pasta's in El Puerto, run by the same man. He started with just the one but as it was so successful... My...more
After a long day of travel, going out into a strange town in search of sustenance seemed like a silly idea. We were in a 5 Star hotel were we not? Know what that means?You guessed it.... ROOM SERVICE!!!The food was top notch. Well, the steak was exactly how I liked it, not now I ordered it. Or at least it wasn't how I THOUGHT I ordered it. My...more
Bar Columbus in English is a small bar that is now only open 3 days a week in winter(Thurs, Fri, Sat). It is run by Bill and is affectionately known as Bill's bar by the many ex pat locals.As Bill is an Englishman many of the Ex pats always end up here although there are plenty of Spanish clientele too.See my Bar Colon nightlife tip to find out...more
Bar Santa Maria located by the river in El Puerto de Santa Maria is a complete tourist trap and has terrible service, value and the never have anything you want on the menu. Don't come here if you fancy a coffee either because they don't even pretend to have that.After waiting a good 30mins to be served the waiter took our order. When it arrived it...more
The warm atmosphere always reminds me of Christmas. You can have a drink or a tapas or enjoy a sit down meal all for a very reasonable price.What I like more about this place is that it serves food from all over Spain and not just Andalucia. So this means a lot of what they serves is fuller in flavour and perfect in winter.Remember if you are...more
Despite the name, this restaurant serves really good Greek or Lebanese food. The owners are a married couple; he is Lebanese and she is Greek. The owners are really friendly and he is multilingual (French, English, Arabic and possibly more) . It’s a great mix and a wonderful atmosphere.A complete meal for two usual costs about 40 euros. I always...more
The best thing about this restaurant is the frozen Sangria or Margaritas. The food is cheap with ample portions. The atmosphere is great though you have to ignore the mariachi music. The service can be slow but that's normal for Spain. The staff are all south Americans, though not necessarily Mexican!In Summer you sit outside in the gardens which...more
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE FAMILIAR WILL BILL'S BAR YOU MAY BE INTERESTED TO KNOW IT HAS CHANGED HANDS AND BILL NO LONGER OWNS IT. THEREFORE NO MORE ENGLISH FOOD AND I IMAGINE NO MORE QUIZ NIGHT!Every Thursday night there is an English Quiz night where you'll find a mix of English speakers and Spaniards wishing to improve their English competing for...more
El Puerto de Santa Maria is a small town on the cost of Cadiz, Spain. It is a Spanish summer tourist destination although more and more Foreigners are coming each year. It mainly offers nothing but cheesy Spanish pop for nightlife. Though check out Barsito(Calle Milagros), Cafe Blanco y Negro (calle escondido) or Milwalkee for live music, La...more
18 Reviews and Opinions
Urban buses in El Puerto de Santa Maria are all about 60 cents no matter where you go. Therefore you don't have to state where you want to get off to the driver when you buy the ticket. You only have to say the number of tickets you wish if you are buying more than one. You buy tickets on the bus from the driver.Get the 35 to Valdelagrana,...more
Basically to get to the beaches at Valdelagrana, Vistahermosa, las Redes, El Ancla or Fuentabravia take the number 3 bus.Valdelagrana is the housing complex just out of town heading towards Cadiz and all the others are heading towards Rota.You can catch the 35 from the train Station and Plaza de Toros amongst others.The buses are green.more
El Paseo is a shopping centre (shopping mall) where you can buy clothes, furniture, shoes etc... It also houses a large Carrefour (French hypermarket chain) where you can buy just about anything from food to a TV.
You can always fine the American military here (they just don't know what else to do with their free time) even though El paseo is nothing compared to an American Shopping mall.
Feria's are held all over Andalucia and Spain. They comprise of two parts: A fair ground for the kids and a village of beer tents for the adults. Though you don't usually drink beer, but Fino which is a sweet white wine and an acquired taste! In other areas this is different but as the Feria of El Puerto celebrates fino it is certainly true of here. You also dress up in Falmenco type gitana dresses and dance Sevillanas which is a traditional dance from Sevilla (seville).
Horses are also a big part of it in Jerez and there is a parade down the main street though you can see plenty of jorses in the El Puerto feia just like you can drink plenty of fino in the Jerez feria.
You can mix the Fino with lemonade to make rebujito which makes for an altogether more enjoyable drink.
Each town holds their Ferias at different times though it kicks off in Sevilla usually in May though it varies depending on Easter. Next is El Puerto usually the week after.
These beautiful pine forests are unfortunately a know hangout for junkies and drug users.
Avoid entering them at nightfall and use caution in the day.
I have been in them many a time without problems, please don't feel you can't enter, but just stick to the outskirts and avoid dodgy looking people!!!
The safest of the forests is the one to your left as you head up Camino de los Emanorados.