Located in the Bay of Cadiz on the mouth of the river Guadalete, el Puerto de Santa Maria is famous for its gastronomy and wines.
It lies on the North-East shore of the Cadiz Bay and is easily reachable from the city of Cadiz in a short boat trip aboard "El vaporcito" (or "El vapor del Puerto").
The monumentality of Puerto de Santa Maria is due to its ancient history and its numerous monuments and palaces mainly of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, like the Castillo de San Marcos (former mosque transformed into a fortified church), several churches, the bullring , the former fish market, and archaeological findings from the Palaeolithic period, as well as the remains of the oldest Phoenician city which has been found in Spain.
Its cuisine is rich and varied, with vegetables, meat and of course seafood of extraordinary quality. The regional wines are excellent too, as Puerto de Santa María together with Sanlúcar and Jerez, form the so called "Sherry triangle"; where we found the producers of the world-renowned sherry wines.