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Horse races on the beach

  • Horse-racing on the beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda © Patronato provincial de turismo de Cádiz

    Horse-racing on the beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda © Patronato provincial de turismo de Cádiz



Festivity of International Tourist Interest


To be confirmed 2019
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Cadiz, Andalusia

This exciting, beautiful sporting spectacle is one of Europe’s oldest horse riding competitions.

Since 1845, during the afternoon low tide in the month of August, the beaches of Sanlúcar de Barrameda have been used for horse races. Popular tradition has it that the origins of these celebrations go back to the informal competitions that took place between fishmongers, to see who could get to market first.

The event comprises two 3-day cycles. On each day, beneath a spectacular sunset, riders compete for various prizes in a lively atmosphere. Anyone can attend free of charge and at the finish line there are official betting stands, increasing the excitement of each race. Extra fun is provided by the children, who organise their own bets in original, colourful tents they set up all along the beach. Coinciding with the races, Sanlucar's patron saint fiestas are also celebrated, with parades and flower carpets in the streets of the city centre.


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