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Costa de la Luz

Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) is the stretch of the southern Atlantic coast of Spain between the mouth of the river Guadiana, forming the boundary with Portugal, and the promontory of Tarifa on the Straits of Gibraltar. It is the coastline of the Andalusian provinces of Huelva and Cadiz.

Costa de la Luz - South Spain Tourism

Its most important tourist centres are Barbate, Algeciras, Tarifa, Conil de la Frontera, Jerez de la Frontera, Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Rota, Vejer de la Frontera, Chipiona, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Torrre de Higuera, Mazagon, Punta Unbria, El Rompido, Antilla and Isla Cristina.

Costa de la Luz - South Spain Tourism

The sandy beaches of Costa de la Luz are much finer than that of its more popular neighbour, Costa del Sol, and are less commercialised, yet the visitors can find every facility he may possibly wish for. Spread along the Coast of Light are almost endless beaches, pine trees, fishing cottages, and lazy whitewashed villages making it a delightful spot for family tourism.

There has been a centuries-old maritime tradition in this area, which has developed into a great interest in sailing. Although the coastline is fairly straight, there are many harbours providing a ideal setting for many regattas and it is possible to moor one's boat and make use of the facilities of the sailing clubs.

Costa de la Luz - South Spain Tourism

Huelva and Cadiz, are the most southern provinces of the Iberian Peninsula, both have many nature reserves and protected sites offering a wide range of options for rural tourism and other activities for nature-lovers. The National Park of Doñana in Huelva has an enormous ecological significance as it is home to many endangered species and migratory birds.

Costa de la Luz - South Spain Tourism

According to the experts, the coast of the Campo de Gibraltar is the best place in Europe for windsurfing because of its wind system and Tarifa is known as the Mecca for European fun boarders. The wind is strong and sustained, and the surf is characteristic of the Atlantic with long and spaced out waves. Absolute beginners or seasoned boarders will find a perfect spot for this sport in this area.

Costa de la Luz - South Spain Tourism

Open air sports can be practiced on the Costa de la Luz thanks to the 3,200 hours of sunshine the area enjoys each year. You can expect some of the most beautiful golf courses of Andalusia, offering a great golfing challenge to all levels of golf players. Tennis, paddle and horse riding are also very popular. Tennis can be played on the courts in many urban developments and at many larger hotels.