san lucar

the last thing you want to do on a trip to spain is visit ikea – but believe me after 17 years, its still difficult to find home stuff in our area.  we have built a new room at the top of the house – which has amazing views out to africa over the surrounding rice fields and rooftops of vejer.  and so we were in search of basic shelves and fittings – sadly internet shopping has spread far and wide, so furniture shops are hard to find.  i still like to see, touch, feel things before i buy.  to make the journey worth it, we lunched in nearby san lucar, its about 20 mins on from jerez, but its one of our favourite seaside towns along the costa de la luz.  bajo de guia is really the furthermost point of spain and has become somewhat of a tourist destination for the famous locally caught prawns and lobster.  there are many restaurants along the estuary, the most famous being casa bigote;  strangely casa bigote is not on the waters edge, but it does have an upstairs restaurant that looks over the water and a tapas bar that is extremely popular.  what we love about this restaurant is its style of cooking that is traditionally presented unlike the rest of the coast which has gone ‘master chef’ styled with smears and squiggles and slate plates.  san lucar is famous for its sherry houses and set back from the sea front, you will see some incredible houses that were built in the 1920’s and 1930’s – quite decorative extravagant follies for wealthy householders.  there’s a lovely hotel, convento and an atmospheric square in the old town.  in the summer months there are the famous horse races on the beach, definitely worth visiting.

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