Costa de la Luz

Costa de la Luz, from Cadiz to Gibraltar

The Costa de la Luz, the coastline of light, stretches over the entire Atlantic coast of the Andalusian coastline, from the Gulf of Cadiz to the Strait of Gibraltar.

The long beaches of the Costa del Luz are formed by endless dunes, sometimes colored with pine forests. The sand is gilded by considerable annual sunshine and the hotel and tourist infrastructures are particularly well developed. Beach and nautical resorts, golf courses, water parks and sports facilities dot this vast Atlantic coastline.

Along the length of Huelva province, the coast is characterized by landscapes of dunes and pine forests, marshes and salt marshes, and of course by long beaches. 120 km of beaches, including some of the most famous ones in Mazagón and Matalascañas.

At the northern mouth of the Guadalquivir River, the 54,000 hectares of the Doñana National Park offers a wide variety of natural environments, passing its many visitors from dunes to marshes, from lagoons to cork oak and olive groves. This natural area in which live protected eagles and Iberian lynx is recognized as a biosphere reserve and classified as a World Heritage site of humanity.

The south of the coast of light is wilder, in Barbate, the mountain turns into impressive cliffs sometimes covered with pine forests.

The practice of surfing and windsurfing is very popular there, especially on the shores of Tarifa which has become one of the major spots on the Andalusian coasts.

From this picturesque little port city of Tarifa located in the extreme south of the Costa del Luz, it is possible to embark to the port of Tangier, in the city.

Stages in the Costa de la Luz

Isla Cristina

Isla Cristina marks the entrance to the Costa de la Luz just a few kilometres from Portugal. This small town with its seafaring tradition is also a seaside resort with beautiful beaches and tourist structures.

Huelva

Provincial capital, Huelva became a large port in Roman times, but was completely destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and had to be rebuilt.

With no particular charm, it is a modern port city that stretches between the mouths of the Odiel and Tinto rivers.

Puerto de Santa María

In the heart of the bay of Cadiz; Puerto de Santa Maria is a town with whitewashed houses. It is a popular tourist destination for holidaymakers who enjoy the scenery with pine forests, beaches and the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park.

To satisfy the residents of tourist resorts that can be luxurious, a few golf courses and beaches open to you…

Cadiz

The city stands on a rock connected to the mainland by a strip of land and 2 bridges spanning the bay. We reach the old town through the Puerta de Tierra from where the avenues leading to the old town lead us.

With beautiful beaches facing the ocean and nautical structures, its bay, Cadiz is a pleasant seaside destination. Not forgetting its old neighbourhoods and bustling squares.

Since Cadiz, boats have been leaving for the Canary Islands and Africa.

Jerez de la Frontera

Slightly set back from the ocean, Jerez de la Frontera is located in the heart of the Xeres wine region. Famous for equine and taurine breeding, the city is also famous for its medieval buildings and for being one of the cradles of a flamenco still living in some historic districts of the city.

Vejer de la Frontera

Also a few kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean, Vejer de la Frontera is a charming white village built on two hills between Tarifa and Cadiz…

Small narrow lanes are lined with white houses with pleasant patios.

Tarifa

At the meeting of the Atlantic and Mediterranean, Tarifa is a pleasant little port town on the Strait of Gibraltar.

Tarifa is distinguished by its winding lanes and low houses with very pleasant flat roofs. Tarifa has 38 kilometres of beach, some of which are classified as’ Natural Site’.

From there ferries depart daily for Morocco to Tangier, in the same way as Algeciras…



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