Sanlúcar de Barrameda - FESTIVALS
Sanlúcar is also noted for its horse racing which dates back to 1845 and takes place along a 2,000 stretch of beach at the mouth of the Río Guadalquivir during the month of August, daily from 6.00 pm, on the 2nd and 4th weekends of the month (Thursday to Saturday). This is a thrilling spectacle where real racehorses thunder across the sand watched by a large noisy crowd of spectators. There is nothing amateur about this event and you can expect to see spectator stands, bookmakers, paddocks and, of course, the winners´enclosure. Now an international event with horses from other European countries taking part and many famous names amongst the spectators. This is a serious competition, the total prize money amounts to millions of Euros. Most of the prize money is awarded during the last weekend.
Another important festival for the town is the Feria de la Manzanilla in early June which leads up to the Noches de Bajo de Guía flamenco season, classical and jazz festivals and the occasional top rate concert. Andalucía Desafío Doñana (Andalucia Doñana Challenge triathlon) takes place mid September starting with a 170km cycle, then a swim across the Guadalquivir estuary, and 30km running section along the endless virgin beach of Doñana National Park. More>