Stretching over 200km from the Portuguese border down to the trendy surfer’s paradise of Tarifa, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic, the Costa de la Luz boasts many of Spain’s finest beaches.
Vast, unspoilt swathes of powdery golden sand beaches are fringed by pine forests and sweeping dunes, giving this part of Andalusia a wilder, more rugged vibe than the neighbouring Costa del Sol. There are several national parks dotted along the coast, including Doñana, whose marshes and lagoons are home to a spectacular array of birdlife.
As well as abundant natural beauty, there’s plenty of urban charm to be discovered in the Costa de la Luz as well. Wander through the ancient cobblestone streets and squares of Cádiz and you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to another era, while the bustling port town of Huelva is steeped in cultural heritage, renowned for being the place from which Christopher Columbus set sail towards the New World in 1492.
The cuisine will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your visit, too; besides the usual Spanish classics, Andalusia has its own distinct culinary identity, infused over the centuries with North African influences from across the Strait of Gibraltar.
Whether you’re a nature lover, history enthusiast or an avid foodie, you’re sure to be enticed by the riches the Costa de la Luz has to offer.