BEACHES OF CHIPIONA
The main attraction of Chipiona is the beaches of white and fine sand. The waters excel in beneficial nutrients, ideal for fishing and nautical sports. Chipiona has a coastal line of 12.600 metres in length, of which 7,600 metres form four of the main beaches. These are distinguished with an absolute clarity, differentiated by their environmental conditions, surroundings, location and access, having a doubtless tourist interest.
All the beaches of Chipiona are working towards the same ideal.
MONTIJO-NIÑO DE ORO BEACH
Located between Chipiona (to the limit with Sanlúcar) and the Marina, it has a length of 3,600 metres. It has two approach ramps to facilitate visitors with physical difficulties, Rescue Services, First Aid Centre and Toilets.
CRUZ DEL MAR-LAS CANTERAS BEACH
A length of 1,500 meters. The First beach is located between the Marina and the Castle and includes Services such as First Aid Centre and Wheelchair Accessible Toilets, Information Point with Tannoy, as well as accesses with four ramps and Amphi-Buggy chairs at Cruz del Mar.
This beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag of the Clean Seas of Europe.
The Denominated area Las Canteras is situated between the Castle and the Lighthouse. It is a calm family beach that also has Toilets and First Aid Services and an approach ramp for Wheelchairs.
This beach is located between the Lighthouse of Chipiona and the Sanctuary, with a length of 1,700 metres, its golden sands and blue waters make this beach one of the most important beaches of Andalusia and Spain.
This beach has several Services available including First Aid and Rescue, Toilets, Amphi-Buggy chairs, Information Point with Tannoy, NOVAF vehicles and seven approaching ramps. It is close to the urban zone, and is the most crowded and perhaps most emblematic beach of Chipiona.
CAMARÓN-LA LAGUNA BEACH
This beach is situated between the beach of “Regla and the beach “Las Tres Piedras”. Its length overall is 2,000 metres. Four footpaths have been installed to preserve the Dunes, the natural habitat of Chameleons. It has also Toilets, First Aid and Rescue and Tannoy . It has been awarded for two consecutive years with the Blue Flag of the Clean Seas of Europe.
LAS TRES PIEDRAS BEACHBordering Punta de Camarón, it is the most southern beach of Chipiona and where you can find the famous Corrales. This sandy bottom beach has a length of 2,400 metres. At the moment it has a straight connection from the Rota-Chipiona highway that gives access to the Municipal Camping. It has also a set of Rescue and First Aid modules, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, as well as an Information Point and Tannoy.
BEACH LA BALLENAThis beach is located between Pago de la Galerilla and Arroyo Nuevo, where Rota begins. This beach has two approaching ramps. The tourist complex area corresponding to Chipiona is at the moment in urbanization development. It is named “Costa Ballena” (Whale Coast) because in the past some whales appeared in the waters.
The services offered to the users of this coastal region in summertime are from June 15th and September 15th. However, the users attention services, such as first aid, health and monitoring are given between “Friday of Dolores” and October 12th, having been adapted in function to the affluence of public who are registered in the beaches in different dates, until reaching their fullness with High Season.
A SEA OF HEALTH
The Seaweeds are high in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and especially minerals (up to 30% by volume). Compared to milk products, the seaweeds contain more than 10% of Iron and Calcium than the dairy products. Traditionally, Eastern civilizations have recognized the importance of Seaweeds as food to strengthen the blood, heart and circulatory system. But not only are they known and recognized for their nutritious aspects, there is also evidence that the Seaweeds have antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer effects. Also it was discovered that several types of seaweed reduce the levels of cholesterol, preventing hypertension and atherosclerosis and improving the fat metabolism. Also several varieties of Seaweed contain blood thinners, like Heparin, a natural blood thinner.
The benefits of being wrapped in Seaweed and bathing substantially increases the concentration in active ingredients at the epidermis. A Seaweed treatment revitalizes the tissues, eliminates fatigue and stress, soothes and balances the skin.
Suspended sea salts, like Sodium or Chlorine, along with minerals such as Iodine, which are present in the Seaweed and deficient in humans, have a beneficial role on the body when in contact with the epidermis, entering in the blood and lymphatic system.
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Since ancient times we have had the knowledge of using seawater as well as other components in healing therapies. There are references to the power of the climate and the mud of the Nile Delta in Egyptian papyri. In Ancient Greece it was recommended to use seawater in the form of hot baths and poultices as a treatment for different ailments. It was in Imperial Rome when seawater treatment reached a new height in a large number of forms and applications….thermals etc… ...... unfortunately these fell into disuse during the Middle Ages.
The interest in the healing properties of Sea Water was revived during the 18th century and laid the foundations of modern Thalassotherapy: "An optimal process of relaxation, relief and fitness”.
It is a completely natural treatment that respects the human body and is based on the use of the marine environment (seawater, seaweed, climate, etc.). The sea water is collected over a thousand yards offshore and cleaned, sterilized by ultraviolet rays to ensure a perfect maintenance and complete absence of pathogens for subsequent use in therapeutic treatments. It is used at a temperature of 36 º C (body temperature), allowing better absorption through the skin of the elements contained in it, like salts and minerals, beneficial and necessary for health, which are lost through illness, problems or discomfort in the body and for daily life.
For more than one hundred years it has been recognised that the waters of Chipiona are favoured by a high Iodine value which gives it a known healing power.
In the late 19th century various medical specialists including Dr. Tolosa Latour, conducted a study on Spanish beaches in order to establish the best areas for the first nursing homes in Spain. Chipiona´s “Playa de Regla” was the favourite and was chosen and distinguished by the quality of its waters and its air in relation to winds.