Costa de la Luz – an Introduction

The Costa de la Luz, or Coast of the Light in English, is an area of the coast of Andalucía on the Atlantic Ocean. Extending from Tarifa in the south of Spain, it runs along the coast of Cadiz and Huelva, finally reaching the delta of the river Guadiana.

Although the area has long been a popular destination for Spanish tourists, the Costa de la Luz has more recently become a popular holiday area for foreigners as well and it is easy to see why. A driving holiday for a week or two between the white-wahsed traditional villages and towns that hug the coast is the perfect way to experience these lesser known Spanish resorts.

Costa de la Luz Beaches

The Costa de la Luz is where one can find some of the most stunning soft sand golden beaches anywhere in Spain, they literally stretch for miles and miles into the distance in the form of endless dunes.

Because of the endless beaches is always plenty of space to stretch out and relax. Native plant species are also abundant growing from within and around the dunes.

Costa de la Luz beaches - Image Credit: Alcalaina
Image Credit: Alcalaina

The Costa de la Luz is also attractive to water sports fanatics, the Atlantic coast provides surfers with the perfect rollers at certain times of the year and wind and kite surfers can take full advantage of the winds that blow up. Tarifa is a popular area for surfers and water sports enthusiasts.

Things to do on the Costa de la Luz

Beyond the obvious attractions such as great weather and good beaches, there are also a number of other activities to participate in such as water sports, golf and great dining.

Nowadays, the Costa de la Luz has a number of protected reserves. These include Donana National Park which contains some of Spain’s endangered species such as the Iberian Lynx and the Spanish Falcon.

Other places of interest include the Bay of Cadiz, the coasts of the southern area of Andalucía, Barbate’s salt marches and the coast cliffs of La Brena. Both of the latter are situation in the Brena – Barbate National Park. Another famous area is that of the wetlands surrounding the deltas to the Tinto and Odiel rivers where one can find an abundance of interesting avian life such as flamingos and storks.

In alphabetical order, here are the towns and other areas that are of most interest to visitors; Ayamonte, Bolonia, Cadiz, Chiclana de la Frontera, Chipiona, Conil de la Frontera, El Portil, Lepe, El Puerto de Santa María, Isla Cristina, Los Canos de Meca, Matalascanas, Punta Umbría, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Tarifa, Vejer de la Frontera and Zahara de los Atunes.

Some other places worth seeing but not quite as popular include Cartaya, Isla Canela, Islantilla, El Terron, El Rompido, La Antilla, Mazagon, Puerto Réal, Rota, Sancti Petri and San Fernando.

Image Credit: Manuel Acebedo