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The perfect tapas bars and eating places in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain’s new capital of gastronomy | Holidays in Andalusia

Sanluqueños could have occasional hassles and worries, however you would not realize it. The temper within the seaside city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, north of Cádiz, appears to be one among euphoria, Happiness. It most likely has one thing to do with the solar and translucent mild, and so much to do with the native chamomile Sherry. The town, additionally recognized for a well-liked king prawn, the Shrimps of Sanlúcarwas named Capital of Gastronomy of Spain 2022.

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This can come as no shock to those that have lengthy flocked to Sanlúcar for lengthy, lazy weekend lunches. The great thing about the town can also be uplifting. At its coronary heart is the Plaza de Cabildo, with palm timber and a fountain surrounded by eating places with tables and umbrellas. On the high of a steep hill, the Barrio Alto has church buildings (the 14th century Nuestra Señora de la O is austere and highly effective), outdated bars, small palaces with gardens, bodegas behind the white partitions of former convents and a stable citadel – Castillo de Santiago. A brief stroll within the different route are sandy seashores with moored dinghies and the fish eating places of Bajo de Guia, their tables alongside the seashore of the Guadalquivir estuary providing views of dragged fishing boats by seagulls, and the bulbous ferry lumbering in the direction of the dunes and sand wilderness of the Unesco-listed Doñana Reserve.

Fountain within the central Plaza del Cabildo of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Pictures: Cristina Arias/Getty Pictures

The Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan and the sadly uncared for Basque Juan Sebastián Elcano set out from Sanlucar in 1519 for the primary circumnavigation of the globe. Solely the latter survived to perform it, returning right here with solely 18 of the unique 270 crew, 500 years in the past in September.



Manzanilla, the salty, fino-like sherry, is aged completely within the cellars of Sanlucar. Guests can find out about its historical past on the Manzanilla Interpretation Heart; style it in bodegas, together with Delgado Zuleta, the oldest (1744), and Barbadillo, the biggest; or inhale its aroma on this informal and chic restaurant nestled within the bodega Hidalgo La Gitana.

Specializing in classics like meat and fish on the embers (snapper is €19) and rice, dry, creamy and fluffy rice dishes (€14 on common) elevated to chic ranges, it is a place to linger. A glass of La Gitana manzanilla on faucet prices €2.10; different wines can be found.
Fri-Solar 1-4 p.m., 8 p.m.-12 p.m.midnight. mon, wed & Recreation lunch solely,

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Waiters trot stacks of lace Shrimp fritters, crisp as cognac, by way of crowded outside tables. The tortillitas are onerous to withstand, regardless of all of the little eyes. Those that know their clams (clams) of their rascals (shells) can select from the uncooked supplies of the glass counter and eat inside, standing in entrance of a barrel.

The bar, based in 1939, has a depressing allure, its historical past instructed within the images of starlets, matadors, guitarists and sherry barons adorning the partitions. A protracted menu of the very best basic fish and seafood tapas (from €2.50) is served on the terrace. Because the hams hanging above the bar recommend, there are additionally meat choices. Save area for ice cream at Helados Toni, a couple of doorways down.
Open day by day 12-4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.-12 p.m.midnight,

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Opening as wine workplace promoting manzanilla to fishermen within the early Fifties, Bigote added eating rooms and have become a showcase for his or her catch. Dogfish, cuttlefish, anchovies, sea bream, plaice and the well-known Sanlúcar sole (acedia) come fried (from €15); snapper, bass, crimson mullet and a dozen different varieties are served grilled or cooked in salt (round €45 per kg). Home specialities: tuna with Pedro Ximenéz candy sherry (€18), seafood egg casserole – egg and langostino stew (€15) – and sea bass eggs in olive oil (€40 per kg). The well-known Sanlúcar langostinos are the celebrities, nevertheless. Within the outdated bar, artifacts from the depths grasp from the beams in addition to fishing equipment, sherry is served straight from the barrel.
Open Mon-Sat 1pm-4pm, 8:30-11:30 p.m.,

Dona Calma Gastrobar

Doña Calma Gastrobar in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz
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Three brothers, Gildo, Miguel and José Hidalgo Prat, opened this place 5 years in the past to combine native produce with fusion delicacies to create a brand new technology of tapas. The shrimp and tuna tacos (€5.90) ​​are successful, so it seems to be like their mission has been completed. It is a good place to pattern some fascinating twists – a Salmorejo (chilly soup) made with beets, cannelloni of pork cheeks or octopus patty, but in addition to style the pure and pure flavors of native tuna within the type of tartare (€14.50), tataki (€14.50) and jamón (€12.50). The setting on the base of a residential block is not flashy and balcony seating is restricted, but it surely faces Playa de la Calzada. Veranillo de Santa Ana across the nook (C Manuel Hermosilla, 2) is the household’s second restaurant, providing a spread of rice in a transformed cottage.
Open Fri & Sat 12.30pm-4pm, 8.30pm-12pmmidnight, seaRecreation & Sunday midday solely,doñ

Bar Tartessos

Bar Tartessos

This pleasant bar simply behind the market focuses on, sure, toast. Supervisor José (Agui) Aguilar and his crew concoct imaginative toppings that should not work however do – like lemon toast citrus with guacamole, crackling (scrapings) and lime (€4), or pâté of smoked herring with onion and caramelized sugar (€3.50). Extra conventional Cadiz tapas are additionally accessible, from mojama (air-dried tuna) with native cheese, pork loin, black pudding and chorizo ​​orza (stored in ceramic pots with spices and lard). A wide selection of wines, a spread of Estrella Galicia beers, a barely eccentric Moorish facade, and stools for perching outdoors add to the enchantment.
Open Tue.-Sat 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.-12 p.m.midnight. Sunshine lunch solely,

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Restaurant El Espejo in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cadiz
Restaurant El Espejo in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cadiz

The atmospheric setting – within the Fifteenth-century Posada del Palacio in Barrio Alto – an alluring patio and trendy designer decor, bears similarities to Entrebotas (see above), and certainly, it is the unique, extra formal and upscale two Sanluqueño gems led by Chef José Luis Tallafigo. Contemporary and lightweight meals, cooked to perfection, exquisitely offered and progressive, that is what it is all about.

Tallafigo works with greens suggestions, greens grown within the brackish marshes of the Guadalquivir estuary, and the flavors are distinctive and surprising. As a starter, sea urchin pâté served in its shell (€14) or snow peas with eel and amontillado sherry (€14.20), then butter beans, mantis shrimp and langoustine carpaccio. Carnivores is not going to miss the suckling pig with cauliflower cream and hazelnut butter (€24). Espejo additionally serves essentially the most progressive G&T: gin jelly, lemon ice cream and tonic mousse (€6.60).
Open Fri & Sat 1pm-4.30pm, 8pm-12pmmidnight, Solar-Recreation lunch solely,

The place to remain

Resort Posada de Palacio (double room from simply €60) is the unique and atmospheric choice. The constructing is fascinating, with its inside courtyards, outdated tiled flooring, balconies and library. Many rooms are giant, high-ceilinged, and furnished with antiques. It isn’t lavish; the sensation of staying right here is typically like being the visitor of an eccentric and barely detached host, however that is distinctive (and handy for El Espejo).

Resort Barrameda (double from €49.50 room solely) is calming, air conditioned and comfy with timber in tubs and good service. It could lack native character, but it surely’s proper subsequent to Plaza de Cabildo and there are views of the sq. from most rooms.

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