The Costa de la Luz extends from the mouth of the Guadiana River to Ayamonte, nestled in the province of Huelva at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River in Cadiz. The coastline shelters various natural protected areas such as the Dońana National Park, the Bay of Cadiz National Park, the marshes of Barbate, Tinto and El Odiel, Flecha de Nueva Umbría, the archaeological site of Baelo Claudia, Cape Trafalgar, and the Rábida Monastery. The coast gets its name from the golden sand and sunlight present throughout the province. In the far south of Spain, on the Atlantic side, Tarifa is the windsurfing capital of Europe. Amateurs and professionals flock to this coastline swept by winds often blowing more than 75 mph. Of course, many sailing clubs have also taken up residence here. With its white Moorish-style houses, the architecture of this small town surrounded by fortification walls brings to mind North Africa. The sea here is overlooked by tall hills dotted with wind turbines. Although Tarifa is a small tourist town, the coastline hasn't been spoilt by tourist infrastructures as it has along the rest of the Costa del Sol. In this corner of Andalusia, you may even find a private spot on the beach, which is rather rare elsewhere... Be careful, though, bathing may be dangerous, as the wind can be quite strong and the sea very rough. It is from here that you can take the hydroplane back to Tangier.
Dunes and native plants are common on the beaches here, which are lined with pine forests.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
In addition to the Spanish tourists who come here, the region attracts many German, English and French visitors.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
An ancient Roman town located in Bolonia, in the region of Cadiz.© Philip Lange / 123RF
The golden sandy beaches are bathed by the blazing sun all day long.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE
The beaches in the Costa de la Luz are known for their beautiful waters and the omnipresent sunshine.© Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE