Sanlúcar is divided into two clearly differentiated parts: the upper neighbourhood and the lower neighbourhood. Its important historic-artistic collection, located in the ravine that overlooks the mouth of the River Guadalquivir, is composed of palaces, churches, lordly houses and fortresses such as the castle of Santiago.
Sanlúcar is world famous, though, for the horse races on the beach, a true visual spectacle, they are considered the most ancient horse races in Spain and have their origin in informal contests organised by the owners of the horses that transported fish and seafood on the beach of Bajo de Guía along the first decades of the nineteenth century.
They are now held in August in two cycles of three days, depending on the low tide that leaves run on the fine sand. The fiesta has been designated of International Tourist Interest. As a complement, Sanlúcar also offers some of the best seafood in the world, its Exaltation al Rio Guadalquivir Fiesta and the patron saint fiestas if the Virgen de la Caridad in which the main streets of the city are covered with carpets of dyed salt.
The manzanilla Fair, held in honour of the celebrated local wine is more cheerful. Flamenco, seafood and fried fish washed down with good manzanilla await you.
Take the opportunity to visit the barbadillo manzanilla Museum, which in its 800 square metres offers wine tasting areas, a screening room and theme rooms for the traveller to learn about the grape harvesting process.
Sanlucar Holy week, which has been declared to be of national Historic Interest in Andalusia, is an explosion of fervour expressed through its twelve brotherhoods, which conduct a procession bearing a collection of beautiful baroque images of saints and which enwrap the alleys and hillsides if the historic centre city in a mystic spirit.