The Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) is a beautiful stretch of coastline on the Atlantic in the south west corner of Spain in the provinces of Huelva and Cadiz, and is adjacent to the Algarve Coast to the west in Portugal, and the Costa del Sol and Malaga to the east. The area is renowned for its fine, white sandy beaches and pine forests but also for it’s ‘wind`, which has made the town of Tarifa famous as the windsurfing capital of Europe and a haven for sailing and paragliding competitions.
It is also a relatively unspoilt area as far as Spain’s coastlines go, with much less development and more open spaces and is a delight to explore whilst driving along the Atlantic coast road from Tarifa through to Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz, Chipiona, Sanlúcar de Barramedo, Matalascañas which is next to the Doñana National Park – the largest wildlife park of its kind in Spain, and continuing on to Huelva, Lepe and Ayamonte on the Portuguese border.
Inland, there is a host of towns and villages well worth a visit, such as the Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its sherry, fine wines, Serrano ham, Equestrian centre and motor racing circuit, which holds annual formula one preseason testing and a round of the Moto GP World motorcycle championship. Nearby, the town of Puerto de Santa Maria has some of the best fish and shell fish restaurants around. Another route well worth the trip is to go inland and south from Jerez back to Algeciras, and discover the unspoilt `white` villages of Medina-Sidonia, Alcalá de los Gazules and Los Barrios. Much further inland you can take the AP-4 motorway and visit the Andalucian cities of Seville and Cordoba.
The Costa de la Luz enjoys a wonderful all year round climate, a little cooler in summer than Spain’s hotter Mediterranean coast, and refreshed by the Atlantic sea breeze offers a wide and varied choice of holiday accommodation of apartments and hotels in well equipped resorts with marinas, golf courses and amusement parks.
Tourism in the area is much more Spanish, offering a stark contrast to other parts of Spain’s coastline where foreign tourists are far more prominent, making the Costa de la Luz ideal as a quieter and more relaxed location for a holiday or permanent residence.
The coast is also rich in history dating back to the 12th century, but perhaps more famously known for the battle of Trafalgar where Lord Nelson defeated the combined fleets of Napoleon and the Spanish Armada in 1805. And nearby Gibraltar, the British held Garrison for the last three hundred years, which controls the entrance to the Mediterranean.
There are regular international flights to this part of Spain via the airports of Jerez, Seville or Gibraltar. There are motorway links north to Seville and onto Madrid, or going east via the A-7 which covers the entire Mediterranean coast as far as Barcelona. The high speed AVE train runs throughout Spain from the French border to Seville, Cordoba and Malaga. Cadiz is a major cruise port, whilst Tarifa and Algeciras open up the gateway to Morocco with ships and fast ferries to Tangier.
Municipal Tourist Office – CadizAvenida José León de Carranza, 11011, Cádiz, (corner of Avenida de La Coruña). Tel. (+34) 956 28 56 01. Fax: (+34) 956 28 56 05. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Municipal Tourist Office – HuelvaPlaza del Alcalde Coto Mora, 2, 21001 Huelva. Tel. (+34) 959 65 02 02.
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