Shortly after 6.30pm on Friday 9th August the tape goes up on one of the most spectacular, and unusual, horse races in the world.
At low tide the 20,000 square metre Atlantic beach at Sanlucar de Barrameda is the scene of a series of horse races that date back to 1845, the ‘Carreras de Caballos’. Thousands of spectators pack the stands set up on the beach whilst horses and riders thunder past on the firm sand. In the background the estuary of the Rio Guadalquivir and the banks of the Donana National Park provide a scenic setting.
After the races are finished for the evening you can hopefully enjoy a magnificent sunset and then join in the celebrations in the town. The restaurants are known for their crustaceans and fish washed down with a bottle of the local Manzanilla.
In 2019 the races are from Friday 9th August until Tuesday 27th August. The start times of the races are not confirmed until the day because they depend on the tide and the number of horses running.
The races have been declared an Andalucian fiesta of national and international tourist interest.
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Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.
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