Chiclana de la Frontera

Where Heracles worked

Chiclana de la Frontera is best known because the Greeks wrote about it as the place where Heracles carried out two of his famous twelve labors. This monumental town has held a port for the past two millennia.

Plan your stay in Chiclana de la Frontera

This ancient town is very popular among the beaches in Cádiz, quite close to the legendary Sancti Petri castle and its port. Going through its churches, palaces and monuments takes no longer than one day. Apart from the things to do in Chiclana de la Frontera, you could also take advantage of some of the surrounding sights, such as Vejer de la Frontera (southwards) or Cádiz, San Fernando or El Puerto de Santa María, in the very Bay where you can find Cádiz Bay Natural Park. It is, in fact, the perfect place to spend an entire summer.

Do you want to visit this place?

We recommend starting by paying a visit to John Baptist Church Parish (18th and 19th centuries), situated in the Plaza Major, devoted to the town’s saint. This Neoclassical church holds an old altarpiece from the 16th century and a couple of paintings by the Zurbaran circle. Next to it, you will find the Watch Tower (18th century), which worked as a bell tower in previous periods.

The famous baroque Jesus of Nazareth Church and Convent (17th century) is located on Long St and is one of the most famous buildings in Chiclana. This church contains baroque altarpieces as well as an image of Jesus of Nazareth in the main altarpiece of the temple.

The Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz Chapel (16the century) is situated in the Santo Cristo Plaza. This is the oldest Penitent brotherhood headquarters in Andalusia. Its interior holds the image of the Saint Christ, attributed to miraculous properties and a Mexican origin. There have been many processions using this image in order to pray for rain. Next to the river, San Telmo Church (18th century) holds the image of the Virgin of Los Remedios, the patron saint of Chiclana. It has a peculiar shape that you will definitely notice. Among other churches that stand out in Chiclana are the San Sebastián Church Parish (famous for the protection it granted people from epidemics in the 19th century) and the Santa Ana Chapel (built in the 18th century, full of beautiful images). Also from the 18th century, we highlight Condes del Pinar Palaces, Five Towers Palace or the Conde de la Torre House.

The most emblematic building is Sancti Petri Castle, situated in the inlet with the same name, in the mouth of the channel connecting San Fernando and Puerto Real. In Greek Mythology, Heracles performed two labors here. Melkart Temple is built in the south of the main island. The famous sanctuary of Ancient times held two metal columns with inscriptions filled with unknown content. Important generals such as Hannibal and Julius Caesar visited this place, which was an oracle at the time. In 1930, the musician Manuel de Falla came to this place looking for inspirations to compose the famous and unfinished Atlántida.

Que ver en Chiclana de la Frontera

Chiclana’s Music Kiosk

The island was renamed as San Beter (Saint Peter) in the Middle Ages. During the times of the Hasburg dynasty, this place acquired importance as a lookout tower against the Berbers and the British later on. The bourbons improved its defense but this place was seriously affected during the Independence War. What remains today is the tower from the 16th century and the rest of the fortress from the 18th century.

You definitely shouldn’t miss the beaches in Chiclana. Some of our recommendations are: La Barrosa Beach and Sancti Petri Beach. If you are a wine lover, Chiclana is also known for its wine cellars.

Must-see...

Chapel of Santo Cristo de la Vera Cruz
Santa Ana hermitage

Practical data

Coordinates

36° 25′ 0″ N, 6° 9′ 0″ W

Distances

Cádiz 23 km, Sevilla 126 km, Madrid 652 km

Altitude

11 m

Inhabitants

81 113 (2012)

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