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Top Choice Seafood in El Puerto de Santa María

Aponiente

Audacious is the word for the bold experimentation of leading Spanish chef Angel León, whose seafood-biased nueva cocina has won a cavalcade of awards, transforming Aponiente into Andalucía's first triple-Michelin-s…
Top Choice Winery in El Puerto de Santa María

Bodegas Osborne

Creator of the legendary black-bull logo still exhibited on life-size billboards all over Spain (now without the name), Osborne is El Puerto's best-known sherry winery. It was set up by an Englishman, Thomas Osborne…
Spanish in El Puerto de Santa María

Mesón del Asador

It's a measure of El Puerto's gastronomic nous that, in such a seafood-oriented town, there's a meat restaurant that could compete with any Buenos Aires steakhouse. The power of the Mesón's delivery is in its decept…
Tapas in El Puerto de Santa María

La Taberna del Chef del Mar

Decked with dangling fish carvings and splashes of vibrant colour, this fashionable tavern provides a tapas-sized taste of the cutting-edge seafood-mad cuisine concocted by top Spanish chef Angel León, of El Puerto'…
Andalucian in El Puerto de Santa María

El Faro del Puerto

El Faro is worth hunting down for its traditional-with-a-hint-of-innovation take on local seafood, excellent Spanish wine list, and classically smart, multiroom setting inside an old casa señorial (manor house). The…
Castle in El Puerto de Santa María

Castillo de San Marcos

Heavily restored in the 20th century, El Puerto's fine castle was constructed over an Islamic mosque by Alfonso X El Sabio after he took the town in 1260. The old mosque inside, now converted into a church, is the h…
Winery in El Puerto de Santa María

Bodegas Gutiérrez Colosía

No bookings are needed for tours of this intimate, family-run, 1830-founded sherry bodega, right beside the catamaran dock. Visits end with a six-wine tasting, which can include tapas and flamenco on request. Visits…
Flamenco in El Puerto de Santa María

Peña Flamenca Tomás El Nitri

This good, honest peña, with the air of a foot-stomping, 19th-century flamenco bar, showcases some truly amazing guitarists, singers and dancers in a lively space full of regulars. Shows are usually on Saturday nigh…
Bar in El Puerto de Santa María

Bodega Obregón

Think sherry is just a drink for grandmas? Come and have your illusions blown to pieces at this family-run, spit-and-sawdust-style bar where its own sweet stuff is siphoned from woody barrels. The home-cooked Saturd…
Museum in El Puerto de Santa María

Fundación Rafael Alberti

Two blocks inland from Plaza Alfonso X El Sabio, this foundation has interesting, well-displayed exhibits on Rafael Alberti (1902–99), one of Spain’s great Generation of '27 poets, in what was his childhood home. Fr…