Our travel guide to San Fernando

San Fernando, surrounded by the Bay of Cadiz Natural Park, is a culinary paradise of great historical importance. Its location, its leisure offer and its beaches make it an interesting starting point for a trip to the province. Thanks to this Travel Guide to San Fernando you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

The former Isla de León offers an interesting landscape of marshes, salt evaporation ponds and dunes. The presence of Phoenicians and Romans is attested by the remains preserved in its Historical Museum. In the second half of the 18th century, the city begins to grow vertiginously. Due to its special strategic situation, it acquires great commercial and military importance.

Of special interest to the visitor, we highlight the Marina Observatory, a top-rated scientific centre. The Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors and the Naval Museum give evidence of the importance of the island in this matter.

Cradle of a flamenco genius like Camarón de la Isla, San Fernando stands out for its delicious cuisine. At a multitude of tapas bars in San Fernando you can enjoy its exquisite fish, its bienmesabe (marinated dogfish), cañaíllas (sea snails), bocas de La Isla (cooked fiddler crabs) and shrimp fritters (tortillitas de camarones).

The marshes and estuaries of the municipality are very rich in mollusks and fish. These constitute an ideal point for bird watching, as well as to practise different active tourism activities.

Main Activities: Cuisine, Active Tourism, Flamenco, Culture.
Source of content: Texts and Photos: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

Our travel guide to San Fernando

San Fernando, surrounded by the Bay of Cadiz Natural Park, is a culinary paradise of great historical importance. Its location, its leisure offer and its beaches make it an interesting starting point for a trip to the province. Thanks to this Travel Guide to San Fernando you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

The former Isla de León offers an interesting landscape of marshes, salt evaporation ponds and dunes. The presence of Phoenicians and Romans is attested by the remains preserved in its Historical Museum. In the second half of the 18th century, the city begins to grow vertiginously. Due to its special strategic situation, it acquires great commercial and military importance.

Of special interest to the visitor, we highlight the Marina Observatory, a top-rated scientific centre. The Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors and the Naval Museum give evidence of the importance of the island in this matter.

Cradle of a flamenco genius like Camarón de la Isla, San Fernando stands out for its delicious cuisine. At a multitude of tapas bars in San Fernando you can enjoy its exquisite fish, its bienmesabe (marinated dogfish), cañaíllas (sea snails), bocas de La Isla (cooked fiddler crabs) and shrimp fritters (tortillitas de camarones).

The marshes and estuaries of the municipality are very rich in mollusks and fish. These constitute an ideal point for bird watching, as well as to practise different active tourism activities.

Main Activities: Cuisine, Active Tourism, Flamenco, Culture.
Source of content: Texts and Photos: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

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Centro Comercial Bahía Sur
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Centro Comercial Bahía Sur

Bahía Sur is a modern shopping centre in San Fernando (Cadiz) where leisure, a wonderful shopping experience and natural surroundings are combined to create special moments. Along with its 90 shops,...
Bahía Sur is a modern shopping centre in San Fernando (Cadiz) where leisure, a wonderful shopping experience...
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Centro Comercial Bahía Sur


s/n AVDA. CAÑO HERRERA 11100 San Fernando Cádiz, España San Fernando 11100
Bahía Sur is a modern shopping centre in San Fernando (Cadiz) where leisure, a wonderful shopping experience and natural surroundings are combined to create special moments. Along with its 90 shops, it has a complete culinary offer. Fifteen restaurants and tapas bars offer American, Asian, Mexican, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. You will find all of this...
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Royal Institute and Observatory of the Navy

Royal Institute and Observatory of the Navy

The Royal Institute and Observatory of the Navy (“Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada”), in San Fernando, is one of the most important scientific centres in the world. It has a...
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Royal Institute and Observatory of the Navy


Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada, San Fernando, España
The Royal Institute and Observatory of the Navy (“Real Instituto y Observatorio de la Armada”), in San Fernando, is one of the most important scientific centres in the world. It has a spectacular library consisting of over 25,000 volumes and some pieces of great value. At a scientific level, this is where the official time...
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San Fernando Naval Museum

San Fernando Naval Museum

At the San Fernando Naval Museum you can get to know naval issues related to the maritime area in which it is located. It also features an Exhibition Hall regularly renewed, always focused on the...
At the San Fernando Naval Museum you can get to know naval issues related to the maritime area in which it is...
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San Fernando Naval Museum


Museo Naval de San Fernando, Calle Escaño, San Fernando, España
At the San Fernando Naval Museum you can get to know naval issues related to the maritime area in which it is located. It also features an Exhibition Hall regularly renewed, always focused on the dissemination and promotion of naval...
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La Carraca Naval Station

La Carraca Naval Station

La Carraca Naval Station (Arsenal de la Carraca), in San Fernando, was the first military establishment created in Spain. It was used for constructing and repairing ships, as well as for storing and...
La Carraca Naval Station (Arsenal de la Carraca), in San Fernando, was the first military establishment...
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La Carraca Naval Station


Arsenal de la Carraca, San Fernando, España
La Carraca Naval Station (Arsenal de la Carraca), in San Fernando, was the first military establishment created in Spain. It was used for constructing and repairing ships, as well as for storing and distributing weapons and ammunition. It retains some of its most unique buildings. These include the Church of La Carraca, the Penal de...
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Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors

Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors

The Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors (Panteón de Marinos Ilustres), in San Fernando, is a Neoclassical building from the 18th century. It has several mausoleums of the most illustrious sailors. It...
The Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors (Panteón de Marinos Ilustres), in San Fernando, is a Neoclassical...
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Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors


Panteón de Marinos Ilustres, Calle Almirante Baturone Colombo, San Fernando, España
The Pantheon of Illustrious Sailors (Panteón de Marinos Ilustres), in San Fernando, is a Neoclassical building from the 18th century. It has several mausoleums of the most illustrious sailors. It was first built as Church of the Immaculate Conception. However, in the 19th century it turned into the building we know today. Outside, the monumental...
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La Isla de las Cortes City Tour

La Isla de las Cortes City Tour

La Isla de las Cortes City Tour shows us all the monuments and historical sites of San Fernando that played an important role in the Cortes of 1810. Years later, it would give way to the first...
La Isla de las Cortes City Tour shows us all the monuments and historical sites of San Fernando that played...
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La Isla de las Cortes City Tour


San Fernando, Cádiz, España
La Isla de las Cortes City Tour shows us all the monuments and historical sites of San Fernando that played an important role in the Cortes of 1810. Years later, it would give way to the first Constitution of the history of Spain. We start the tour in the Church of El Carmen. After the...
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Playa de Camposoto

Playa de Camposoto

Playa de Camposoto, in San Fernando, is located on the outskirts of the city. It is quite well signposted, but you have to walk a long distance or go with a vehicle. It has parking areas in several...
Playa de Camposoto, in San Fernando, is located on the outskirts of the city. It is quite well signposted,...
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Playa de Camposoto


Playa Camposoto, San Fernando, España
Playa de Camposoto, in San Fernando, is located on the outskirts of the city. It is quite well signposted, but you have to walk a long distance or go with a vehicle. It has parking areas in several points. This is a fairly long beach that has several tracks or entrances: all of them are...
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Torrealta Punic Ovens

Torrealta Punic Ovens

Torrealta Punic Ovens Archaeological Site is located in San Fernando. The remains of two major pottery workshops associated with the city of Gadir are displayed here. These are the pottery from the...
Torrealta Punic Ovens Archaeological Site is located in San Fernando. The remains of two major pottery...
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Torrealta Punic Ovens


Plaza Hornos Púnicos, San Fernando, España
Torrealta Punic Ovens Archaeological Site is located in San Fernando. The remains of two major pottery workshops associated with the city of Gadir are displayed here. These are the pottery from the late-Punic era of Torre Alta and the Phoenician furnaces from Sector III of Camposoto. This reflects the age of the village as a...
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Church of Nuestra Señora Divina Pastora

Church of Nuestra Señora Divina Pastora

The Church of Nuestra Señora Divina Pastora, in San Fernando, is a Neoclassical religious temple. It was built at the end of the 18th century. We highlight the Neoclassical main altar of the main...
The Church of Nuestra Señora Divina Pastora, in San Fernando, is a Neoclassical religious temple. It was...
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Church of Nuestra Señora Divina Pastora


Parroquia Divina Pastora, Calle Marconi, San Fernando, España
The Church of Nuestra Señora Divina Pastora, in San Fernando, is a Neoclassical religious temple. It was built at the end of the 18th century. We highlight the Neoclassical main altar of the main altarpiece by Angel Bugatto. On both sides of the altar there are two paintings attributed to Juan de...
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Venta de Vargas
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Venta de Vargas

Venta de Vargas is one of the finest restaurants in the province of Cadiz. It is even considered a must if you visit the area. Due to the traditional food and the incomparable flamenco events, this...
Venta de Vargas is one of the finest restaurants in the province of Cadiz. It is even considered a must if...
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Venta de Vargas


Pza. Juan Vargas. s/n San Fernando 11100, Cádiz-España San Fernando 11100
Venta de Vargas is one of the finest restaurants in the province of Cadiz. It is even considered a must if you visit the area. Due to the traditional food and the incomparable flamenco events, this restaurant in San Fernando is called “temple of culture”. This family business, founded in 1924, combines tradition, passion and...
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