What’s not to love about Costa de la Luz? Literally meaning the coast of light, Costa de la Luz has everything you could want from a Spanish coastal holiday. The region boasts an impressive selection of bustling beaches and hidden coves, with access to culturally rich cities and tiny towns along the way. Different from other holiday resorts, Costa de la Luz has retained a traditional way of life that attracts not just international tourists, but Spanish ones too.
With 200kms of coastline, unspoilt beaches and minimal high-rise hotels, it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to Costa de la Luz for a holiday. Whether you want to relax on one of its many Blue Flag beaches or get lost in its cobbled streets, it’s three hundred sunny days a year can cater for everything.
Chiclana de la Frontera
If you seek the Spanish seal of approval, then Chiclana de la Frontera is the destination for you. The perfect mix between resort town and authentic Andalusian living, the town offers easy access to world renowned beaches and the historical Cádiz. After a busy day exploring the town and relaxing by the sea, settle down in one of its beautiful plazas for a glass of the local wine, Barbadillo.
Considered the oldest city in Spain, and possibly even Europe, Cádiz is rich with culture and history. But if you go here just expecting museums and monuments, you’d be wrong. Cádiz has remained so popular due to its completely infectious atmosphere. Dance flamenco, barhop for tapas and immerse yourself into city life. It’s the Spain you’ve always read about in history books.
El Puerto de Santa Maria
Leave the car behind and get lost on the pedestrian streets of El Puerto de Santa Maria. Close to the coast, the resort has a great selection of seafood restaurants. After enjoying a traditional Spanish lunch, you can explore Castillo San Marcos to get your fill of history too. Finish off the day with some of the region’s local sherry to really feel like a local.
Exploring Costa de la Luz…
Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort
What’s better than a relaxing game of golf? One with incredible views, of course. Alcaidesa Links Golf Resort has two impressive courses with 18 holes with amazing views of the sea, Gibraltar and even Africa. For those who aren’t golf fans, the course boasts its own club house which has great views of the area. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a meal at their restaurant after a long day on the course.
Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park
Praised by UNESCO, Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park shows just how beautifully diverse the Spanish landscape is. Filled with many impressive cliffs and gorges, the most famous is Garganta Verde, which is home to a colony of griffon vultures. It may be the rainiest place in Spain, but that just means a huge selection of plants now grow in this beautiful area. With rare animals and beautiful scenery, it may not be a day at the beach, but a visit to Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park will show you a new side of Spain you’ll not forget in a hurry.
Windsurfing at Tarifa
Situated on the Atlantic coast, Costa de la Luz is a great place for water-sports. Particularly renowned is the town of Tarifa which boasts the type of winds perfect for windsurfing. Lined with beautiful golden beaches, it’s the perfect compromise between relaxing by the sea and being active in the water. Tarifa makes the ideal water-sport location thanks to the amount of equipment shops and schools that you can find lining the coast.
Dolphin and Whale Watching
It’s not just humans who love Costa de la Luz, but whales and dolphins too! With the Mediterranean meeting the Atlantic, these waters are home to lots of friendly sea creatures. Costa de la Luz offers many boat trips through the area with the hopes of seeing some of the animals. Spot the giant baleen whales or the energetic dolphins and have a day you won’t forget.
Considered one of the best beaches in Andalusia, this beautiful stretch of sand looks like something right out of a guidebook. Spanning 7km, its clear waters attract beach bums in the summer and surfers in the colder months. With a variety of kiosks and restaurants, you’ll have everything you need. But if you feel a little too relaxed, you can always take a horse ride along the water to wake yourself up.
Playa El Cantil
A small beach that’s perfect for families, the calm waters of Playa El Cantil make for a truly relaxing day. Close by to the Isla Cristina lighthouse, visitors here can enjoy amazing views of Isla Christina Natural Park. With a selection of bars and cafes nearby, there’s no better place to soak up the beauty of Costa de la Luz.
Big and bustling, if you like your beaches with a little bit of excitement, this is certainly the one for you. Stretching over a kilometre in length, this Blue Flag beach has all the amenities you could want for a day by the sea. There’s a picnic area for you to escape the sun, with its own camping ground if you really feel like getting the most out of your time there! Kayakers and sailors often flock here, so if you’re looking for some water sports, you won’t be disappointed.
Costa de la Luz restaurants
Staying on the coast, it would be a shame not to try some of Costa de la Luz’s seafood offerings. Your fish won’t get any fresher than this! Other traditional food is available in the area, but if you’re feeling more Italian than Spanish, pizza and other international foods can be easily found around the resorts.
If you need to cool down from the Spanish sun, try a refreshing bowl of gazpacho - the Spanish variation of tomato soup. The dish is served cold with a selection of fresh vegetables for an extra kick. Of course, you can’t come to Andalusia without trying its biggest culinary export: tapas!
Holidays in Costa de la Luz are really something special. Less developed than its other costa cousins, visitors here include families and couples, as well as international guests and local ones. With activities from museums to golfing, and wildlife to the beach, there’s something for everyone on the Costa de la Luz.
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