La Barrosa is a superb, laid-back beach resort located close to the town of Chiclana de la Frontera on the Costa de la Luz in the province of Cadiz, Andalusia.
La Barrosa has been a popular destination for Spanish holidaymakers for many years who come to enjoy the eight kilometres of virgin white sands, clear blue waters and the water sports facilities, which are renowned in this area.
La Barrosa is situated close to Jerez Airport, with flights on Ryan Air. Gibraltar is also an option, but beware if you are hiring a car, it can often take a while to get over the border into Spain.
La Barrosa isn’t so much a town or village, it’s more a beach with ambience. There are a selection of chilled out bars and restaurants dotted along the seafront promenade, which runs all the way to Novo Sancti Petro. Low rise apartments and villas can be found in the surrounding countryside. It’s a protected area, for the native Umbrella Pine, which eliminates the option for high-rise construction in the local region.
Most of the bars and restaurants stay open during the evening, there are even a couple of music bars, where you can dance the night away.
Chiclana de la Frontera is just six kilometres away and offers a wide selection of amenities and facilities. There is also plenty of cultural attractions, a market and a sherry bodega.
La Barrosa Beach was merited as one of Spain’s Best Beaches by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. No small feat! Awarded with a Blue Flag for cleanliness, this eight kilometre beach is split between a busy, family area, a strip of virgin sand, where you can take your book and enjoy peace and tranquillity with few people around you and sand dunes.
The area is renowned for its water sports fraternity. The Atlantic Ocean and the Levante winds that blow in, make conditions fabulous for kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing, etc.
Places to visit
La Barrosa is an excellent destination to chill out on the beach for the duration of your holiday, or explore the local region, which has heaps on offer.
As it is fairly centrally located it’s an excellent base to visit the bohemian town of Tarifa, the capital of the province, Cadiz City and Jerez, the home of Sherry.
This region is famous for its ‘pueblos blancos’ (whitewashed villages); traditional villages, with Moorish and Medieval routes and architecture, where you can taste a bit of real Spain. The villages of Vejer, Arcos de la Frontera, Medina Sidonia are close by and recommended to visit.
The whole of the Cadiz region is acclaimed for its seafood and shellfish cuisine. You can eat excellent seafood on most menus in La Barrosa and Chiclana.
For a real treat, head to Cadiz for a day trip and thentake the ferry over to Puerto de Santa Maria, where there is a superb restaurant called Romerijo. Here you can buy your own seafood from their pescadería (fish stall) and they will then cook it for you.
La Barrosa enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, with little rain and more than 3,000 hours of sun a year. The strong Levante and Poniente winds mean that it can sometimes feel cooler than it really is.