Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022

The Andalusian town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda,in the northwest of Cádiz, will take over from Murcia to be the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2022. The greatest gastronomic title given in Spain. This award annually recognizes the city or autonomous community most committed to promoting gastronomy as an attraction in a tourist destination.

Where is it?

It is located in a privileged position. On the left bank of the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and in front of the Doñana National Park. This city is famous for its popular Sanlúcar Horse Races on the beach, a center declared a Historic Site and one of the best gastronomies in all Andalusia. Including the king prawns, fried fish and seafood stews stand out, accompanied by one of their renowned wines, called the Sherry Manzanilla.

Its strategic location on the shores of the Atlantic, at the mouth of the Guadalquivir, has meant that its relationship with America has carved the identity of the city. Besides, it is currently immersed in the commemoration of the V Anniversary of the First Circumnavigation of the Earth. The feat that Magallanes, the explorer, began in 1519. He left Seville with five ships and provisioned in Sanlúcar. On his return, in 1522, only one of them arrived in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, the Nao Victoria, under the responsibility of Juan Sebastián Elcano

We recommend you spend one or two days relaxing. That will allow you to enjoy its beaches and get to the Doñana preserve by car or boat.

Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
By National Geographic

The award, Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022

Sanlúcar is already the first non-provincial capital declared as the Spanish gastronomic capital in 2022. Although the title gives it even more fame and renown, Sanlúcar de Barrameda was actually a benchmark in Spanish (and international). The products of Sanlúcar, whether from land or sea, are on the culinary podium both nationally and internationally. There is no doubt that the award of Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022 is well-deserved.

The title of Spanish Capital of Gastronomy is also received in the year in which the commemoration of the V Centenary of the First Voyage around the World comes to an end. Therefore, it will be a double reason for celebration, and, without a doubt, of tourist attraction.

To understand the success of Sanlucar gastronomy, it is essential to know its situation. It isSurrounded by salt flats. Besides, it in the middle of the mouth of the Guadalquivir and sheltered by the waters of the Atlantic. A large part of the raw material that stars in its greatest gastronomic dishes is extracted from there.

The Jury has highlighted that «The Shrimp and the Manzanilla shine with their own light in the gastronomic universe of Sanlúcar, proudly displaying their last name «from Sanlúcar». 

Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
By portal de Cadiz


Both are the pride of the city. The “Langostino de SanlúcarQuality Mark has been consolidated as the guarantee of a unique and identity product. Therefore, it is difficult to find a tavern, bar or restaurant that does not offer them.

Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
By foodyt


The Sherry Manzanilla, for its part, has the seal of the “Manzanilla de Sanlúcar” Denomination of Origin, which since 1964 has carefully supervised the benefits of this unique wine. Moreover, Sanlúcar de Barrameda is also part of the Designation of Origin Jerez.

Some of its wineries have several centuries of life behind them. That is the case of Delgado Zuleta, founded in 1744, which makes them one of the oldest and longest-lived in Spain. In addition, we must not forget other essentials such as the Barbadillo wineries. Perhaps the most important in the city and which are now celebrating their bicentennial.

Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
by Bodegas Barbadillo
Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
By bodegas Barbadillo

Best dishes to try in Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022

”Tortillitas de camarones”

This simple yet delicious tapas dish uses small fresh prawns to create fritters. 

Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
By Mikel López Iturriaga

”Guisos Marineros”

Seafood stew is especially famous in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. It comes in all shapes and sizes. Moreover, locals make them using cuttlefish, king prawns, and many other delicacies caught just off the coast. The common factor is that the fishermen catch the main ingredients locally.

Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
By cosas de come

” Papas Aliñás”

One of the most recognised potato dishes in Cádiz. They serve it as a side dish and at any time of year. However, the main characteristic of las papas Aliñas is that people eat it warm and not cold. Unlike most potato salads.

Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
By Cosas de Come

Other landmarks

But we must not forget that Sanlúcar is much, much more than eating and drinking. This corner of Cádiz is also living history in the form of a monumental heritage that surprises at every turn. Starting with its castle in Santiago, ordered to be built by Enrique Pérez de Guzmán, II Duke of Medina Sidonia, in the 15th century. From its tower you can see the city of Sanlúcar at the foot and the mouth of the Guadalquivir to the Atlantic. The one through which the Victoria ship arrived, in September 1522, the only one of the five boats that had sailed three years before and that managed to complete the round the world.

Sanlucar gastronomic capital 2022
By Flickr

How to get there

Sanlucar de barrameda is about 100 kilometers by road from Seville, which is around an hour and a half.

It is 25 kilometers from Jerez de la Frontera. That’s a 30 minute drive. 

From Cadiz, it only takes a 40 minutes to get there by car.  Only 48 kilometers.

Moreover, from El puerto de Santa María, it takes only 20 minutes to get there by car. The distance is only 23 kilometers.

Furthermore, if you travel by plane, you can get to the airports of these cities. And once there, rent a car to get to Sanlucar. Besides, you can also come through the Gibraltar airport, which is about 130 kilometers.

By bus:

From Seville you can also go to Sanlúcar de Barrameda by taking the Los Amarillos bus line (belonging to Grupo Samar) from the Prado San Sebastián bus station.

If, on the other hand, you want to go from Jerez de la Frontera, you must take the bus from the “Linesur” bus company at the Jerez bus station.



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