Chipiona is a tourist Spanish municipality located in Cádiz. Much of its natural attraction, which attracts thousands of people each year, are its beautiful beaches, with more than 12 kilometers of coastline. However, places of cultural interest and their gastronomy also stand out. Will you accompany us to visit it?
The beaches of Chipiona
We pointed out that Chipiona stands out for its beaches, with fine white sand. And not only that, but its waters are especially rich in iodine, which is why, in addition, they are very beneficial for health. Of the wide variety of beaches in the municipality we will highlight two:
It is a quiet beach, perfect to go with the family. A 1,500 meter long beach with all the necessary services to enjoy an unforgettable beach day, in fact it has received the Blue Flag award on countless occasions and also the Q for Tourist Quality.
Those who visit during the day enjoy a refreshing dip. But when the day begins to fall, fabulous sunsets can also be seen from it.
It is worth highlighting its fine sand and crystal clear waters. It is very close to the urban area of the municipality, making it one of the busiest. From there, you can also see some of the most representative buildings of Chipiona. An example is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Regla, a must-see.
Places of interest in Chipiona
After a long day at the beach, nothing better than taking an excursion through the city to see the most outstanding places. In this case we are going to highlight three :
Its origin is unclear, it is thought that before the current building there may have been a Muslim fortress. What is known is that the castle that we can see today was built in the 12th century, although it has undergone considerable modifications throughout its history.
It came to function as a hotel before being abandoned. Expropriated by the City Council and later restored, today it houses a museum dedicated to the relationship between Cádiz and the New World.
The sanctuary of Regla
The sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Regla was built in the 14th century. And it was made on an old fortress. Pedro III Ponce de León donated it to the Augustinians in 1399, with the aim of transforming it into a church to worship the Virgin.
Over the centuries, the building was remodeled to fulfill its new function. But first the War of Independence and then the Confiscation, ended the religious life of the sanctuary, which was plundered and suffered the consequences of its abandonment.
After being ceded years later to the Franciscans, he would consider building a new church. Neo-Gothic in style, it took two years to complete and was inaugurated in 1906.
Since Roman times there was a lighthouse in Chipiona, but the one that we can see today is much more modern. It was built between 1863 and 1867, and at 69 meters high it is the highest in Spain. A fact: to climb the lantern you have to climb 322 steps.
But one of the most striking characteristics of this lighthouse is that it has been air-maritime since 1963. What does it mean? that its beam of light illuminates both horizontally and vertically, thus serving as a guide to ships and airplanes.
In addition to the aforementioned, there are other interesting places, such as the Muscat Museum. In it, we will learn the process of making a unique product in the world, since it is carried out in a different way than it is done in other places in Spain.
For animal lovers, the “El Camaleón” Nature and Littoral Interpretation Center, dedicated to this exotic native reptile. Likewise, it is possible to learn a little more about the vast flora and fauna of Chipiona. Without a doubt, a different and highly recommended visit for both children and adults.
And lovers of Spanish song cannot fail to pay tribute to the town’s most illustrious daughter: Rocío Jurado. The singer has a monument carved in bronze and stone in the marina. A work that Juan de Ávalos gave to the artist and this to his hometown. Another monument dedicated to her can be visited in the cemetery, in this case the work of Luis Sanguino.
Cover photo: Diputación de Cádiz