Top 10 El Puerto De Santa Maria

El Puerto de Santa Maria often only referred to as El Puerto by the locals is a lovely coastal town located around the mouth of the river Guadalete and sitting on the north side of the Cadiz Bay.  As its name suggest it is one of the key fishing port in the region with plenty of excellent seafood restaurants to choose from.  It is blessed with a variety of excellent beaches making it a great place for a beach holiday as well.  The town is packed with cultural and historic sites worth visiting such as the Castle, the Plaza España and the local museum.  The town centre, mostly traffic free, is especially worth discovering with its palm lined streets, old building and a lively central market.

The town is well known for its production of Puerto Sherry, a local light and dry variation of the wine.  As part of the Sherry Triangle, it offers numerous bodegas worth discovering, such as the age-old Terry or Osborne which offer wine tasting and a free tour.

El Puerto de Santa María is also famous as the port from which Columbus sailed on his second voyage to the Americas.  It is today possible to taste some of the explorer adventures, by sailing across the Cádiz bay in a replica of “La Niña” oceanic ship.

The lovely town of El Puerto should definitely be one of your next destination when visiting Andalucía. It is a charming place packed with history, notable monuments and museums, as well as offering delicious seafood and sherry wine, not to mention the Bahia de Cádiz casino to test your luck.  The city is also one of the few remaining places in the region that is not spoiled with mass tourism and kept all of its traditional charm.

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Top 10 El Puerto attractions

El Puerto has a variety of fascinating historical sites to visit, from the San Marcos castle to its bullring passing by the main squares and various historic buildings.  The top 10 El Puerto attractions include:

  1. Castle of San Marcos
  2. Iglesia Mayor Prioral
  3. Plaza España
  4. Puerto Bullring
  5. Museo Arqueológico Municipal
  6. Monastery of the Victory
  7. Calle Palacios
  8. Calle Aurora
  9. El Puerto beaches
  10. Parque natural Bahia de Cádiz

Castle of San Marcos

The Castle of San Marcos or Castillo de Alfonso X El Sabio is perhaps one of the most important landmark of the city, famous for once being home to Christopher Columbus before his trip to the Indies. This medieval castle located in the heart of town, was built by order of Alfonso X of Castile in the 14th century.  It was constructed on the site of a 10th century Moorish mosque, using the remains of a nearby ancient Roman edifice.  Next to the castle lies a replica of the famous Juan de la Cosa map, produced in 1500 and one of the first world map which included the Americas.

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Iglesia Mayor Prioral

The Iglesia Mayor Prioral is perhaps the most famous church of the city which combines various styles and host remarkable portals.  Located on the Plaza España, it was first built in the 15th Century in a Gothic architecture, but later in the 17th century partially rebuilt in a Baroque style, after it was damaged by an earthquake.  Since 1982  it is considered a Bien de Interés Cultural or Spanish heritage building.

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Plaza España

The Plaza España is the lovely square located in the heart of El Puerto de Santa Maria.  It is where both the Iglesia Mayor and the Museo Arqueológico Municipal are located, as well as various terraced cafes.

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Puerto Bullring

The bullring is one of the key attractions of El Puerto, made famous by Joselito, one of the greatest Spanish bullfighter , who once said: “He who has not seen a bullfight in El Puerto does not know what bullfighting is”.  This 99 metres area which can hold up to 15,000 spectators, is considered one of the largest rings in Spain, right after the one in Madrid and Valencia.  The Bullring dates back to 1880, was built by Manuel Portillo de Avila y Herrera and remain until today an exciting place for both locals and tourist.

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Museo Arqueológico Municipal

The Museo Arqueológico Municipal centrally located on the Plaza España is the main museum of El Puerto.  Founded in 1980, it offers a variety of artworks including numerous sculptures and paintings from various artists such as Rafael Alberti, Manolo Prieto and Francisco Lameyer y Berenguer.

Monastery of the Victory

The Monastery of the Victory is a beautiful former monastery dating back to the early 16th century and built by the Dukes of Medinaceli.  Its church is today considered a Bien de Interés Cultural or heritage building.

Calle Palacios

Calle Palacios is one of the main pedestrian street in the centre of El Puerto.  It goes from the Plaza España and the Iglesia Mayor in the north to the river further south.  It is a busy shopping street packed with various boutiques, restaurants and small coffee shops, and ideal place to meet the locals.

Calle Aurora

The Calle Aurora is another main street in the heart of El Puerto.  It is parallel to the river Guadalete and is home to spectacular large palm trees as well as a variety of  excellent sea food restaurants.  It is also where the El Resbaladero, an 18th century market is located.

El Puerto beaches

El Puerto de Santa Maria which is part of the lovely Costa de la Luz is blessed with over 20 kilometres of coastline.  It offers no less than 8 different beaches, some with fine golden sand, as well as a variety of excellent accommodations, making the city a great place for a beach holiday.

Parque natural Bahia de Cádiz

Further South of El Puerto de Santa María is the lovely Parque natural Bahia de Cádiz, an ideal escapade for nature lovers.  It mostly consist of pine trees and offers  a variety of rare species of birds and reptiles such as the chameleon.

Flights to El Puerto

The easiest way to get to El Puerto de Santa Maria is through Jerez de la Frontera’s La Parra International Airport (XRY) which is located about 20 minutes drive to the north of the city centre.  The airport is used by a variety of low cost airlines with direct connection to many key European cities such as London.  The other flight options, which are a bit more distant but perhaps better connected include the airports of Sevilla to the North or Malaga further East.

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Top 10 El Puerto hotels

The following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in El Puerto de Santa Maria as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda El Puerto de Santa Maria smarter Hotel Booking.

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Los Jandalos Santa Maria Hotel

Avda. De La Bajamar, S/N, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain 11500 – 3 Stars

Situated in heart of El Puerto de Santa Maria, the four-story mansion-style hotel provides 100 comfortable guestrooms and is close to the beach. The Santa Maria is located in the small harbour town of El Puerto de Santa Maria, which is 15km north-east of Cadiz. It is also 1.5km from the nearest railway station. Guests are a very short walk from the many sherry bodegas of the wine cellar district, and 800 meters from the beach. The onsite restaurant overlooks the river and serves a variety of regional and international dishes. The three-star hotel provides guests with comfortable accommodation and a great location in the town’s centre.

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Apartamentos Jandalos Vistahermosa & Spa

Amparo Osborne S/N, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 4 Stars

Some of the features you’ll enjoy are television, separate shower and tub, bathtub, kitchenette. Shops, restaurant, bar/pub, disabled facilities are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this El Puerto de Santa Maria hotel. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including massage, outdoor pool, jacuzzi. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Apartamentos Jandalos Vistahermosa & Spa.

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Puertobahia Hotel

Avenida De La Paz 38, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 3 Stars

Featured in each room, among other amenities, are desk, television, air conditioning. Featuring bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops, this El Puerto de Santa Maria hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. After a day of work or exploring, water sports (non-motorized), tennis courts are some of the ways to unwind. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Puertobahia Hotel.

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Duques De Medinaceli Hotel

Pl. De Los Jazmines, 2, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 5 Stars

As romantic and beautiful as one would expect from a former palace, this 18th-century property woos with period Spanish ambience. Located in the centre of Puerto Santa Maria, the Duques De Medinaceli Hotel is a fully restored former Duke’s residence complete with courtyard, antiques, fountains, botanic gardens and original oil paintings. Rooms are similarly decorated according to classic Andalucian style, evoking feelings of nostalgia and history while providing the necessary comforts demanded by a boutique five-star hotel. When not swanning about the gardens pretending to be nobility, guests can take a day-trip to Cadiz (the trip takes less than 30 minutes) or walk into the centre of town for a plate of tapas and a late night with the locals.

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Bodega Real Hotel

Cl. Albareda, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 4 Stars

Guests will find non smoking rooms, daily newspaper, hair dryer, internet access waiting in each room. This excellent hotel in El Puerto de Santa Maria also has 24hr room service, babysitting, laundry service/dry cleaning. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including spa. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay.

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Hotel Los Jandalos Vistahermosa And Spa

Amparo Osborne S/N, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain 11500 – 4 Stars

Located in the residential area of El Puerto de Santa Maria, the hotel has 30 well-furnished guestrooms is surrounded by 2500 meters of gardens. The Los Jandalos Vistahermosa Hotel is two kilometres from the city centre and El Puerto Santa Maria Train Station. It is close to many attractions, such as the Puerto Sherry Marina, the Vistahermosa golf course and beaches. The Vistahermosa shopping mall is also close by, and has banks, restaurants, bars and a supermarket. The onsite restaurant has an a la carte menu and also serves an extensive dinner buffet. The four-star hotel provides modern accommodation and a great location in one of the most popular residential areas of the city.

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Casa Palacio De Los Leones Hotel

La Placilla 2, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 3 Stars

Each room includes in room safe, air conditioning, ironing board. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this El Puerto de Santa Maria hotel offers elevator, babysitting, bar/pub. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include golf course (on site). This charming property has long been a favourite in El Puerto de Santa Maria for both business and leisure travellers. Casa Palacio De Los Leones Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed.

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Sercotel Monasterio San Miguel Hotel

Virgen de los Milagros 27, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 4 Stars

In room safe, mini bar, hair dryer are among the amenities guests will find in every room. This excellent hotel in El Puerto de Santa Maria also has meeting facilities, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning. Unwind after your day with a choice of outdoor pool – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. This charming property has long been a favourite in El Puerto de Santa Maria for both business and leisure travellers. Sercotel Monasterio San Miguel Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed.

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Hotel Puerto Sherry

Avenida Libertad, s/n, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain 11500 – 4 Stars

Featured in each room, among other amenities, are hair dryer, air conditioning, non smoking rooms. Meeting facilities, laundry service/dry cleaning, salon, bar/pub are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this El Puerto de Santa Maria hotel. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find massage, outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorized), garden. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.

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Del Mar & Spa Hotel

Babor 5, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 3 Stars

All rooms have shower, air conditioning, bathtub as well as other amenities. Also to be found at the hotel are shops, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service. Garden are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. This charming property has long been a favourite in El Puerto de Santa Maria for both business and leisure travellers.

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