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We had never been to Chipiona but we knew it was a favourite destination for Spanish tourists. So one Sunday morning we decided to go and see what was going on. It was about an hour’s drive from Chiclana, our home base. On arrival, we carried on towards the beach area and parked the car.
We continued on foot along the stretch of beach and coastline before eventually heading back to the town. There are several beaches in the vicinity, some with a blue flag of merit awarded by the EU. Two popular ones that we explored were called Playa de la Regla and Playa de Camaron. During our meanders, we noticed there were quite a few hotels, hostels and guest houses within easy walking distance to the town.
A popular tourist attraction is “The Faro Lighthouse” near to the” Punta Del Perro” and you can spot it easily from the “La Regla beach” area. If you’re feeling fit you can climb the 300 plus steps to the top, and if you make it you will be rewarded by the breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline.
We were recommended to eat at a place called “Gastrotasca Sin Bulli” situated near to the El Faro district. It was quite small and brimming with diners. Eventually we managed to get seated at one of the small wooden tables and set about glancing over the blackboard menu. We decided to try the “Tostas” which seemed to be one of the most popular dishes being asked for by others around us. It consists of slices of toasted bread with all sorts of delicious food combinations on top. We tried “cod with Salmorejo”, “Mermelade with cheese”, “Anchovie and guacamole” and a “Tuna”. Once you start eating, you won´t be able to leave them down, they are so delicious.
Later, we enjoyed a leisurely stroll along the promenade and stopped for a drink at a bar with a great terraced called “PICOCO”. They have a great location and the furniture is very comfortable. They do a good selection of cocktails as well as the regular beverages.
There is an interesting Monastery called Sanctuario de Regla that started life within a fortress before ending up as a solitary Monastery. It is unmistakable as it stands magnificently at the end of La Regla beach. You can check out the full history with the dept. of tourism together with the viewing times.