Costa de la Luz in Cádiz is a magical place, characterized by the golden color of its dunes and the light that creates the light on the crystal clear water of the Atlantic, without forgetting the constant light that the sun brings to its beaches, villages and landscapes.
For years it is one of the most tourist points of Andalusia, tourists from different parts of the world look for the best accommodation in Cádiz, of which the country houses of Cádiz are part, to be able to enjoy this wonderful environment. And they do not do it in vain, since it is a very privileged place geographically, it has ideal climatic conditions and, above all, it has 285 kilometers of wonderful beaches that join with each other.
This beautiful coast is composed of different places, among them we can highlight the following: Puerto Real, Conil de la Frontera, Chiclana de la Frontera, Rota, Chipiona, Tarifa, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Costa Ballena urbanization, Valdelagrana urbanization, El Puerto de Santa María, San Fernando, Cádiz, Novo Sancti Petri urbanization, Los Caños de Meca, Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes and Vejer de la Frontera. They are ideal places to practice different water sports, many people go to these municipalities to practice windsurfing and at the same time enjoy their views, others choose the underwater fishing. In addition, we can not forget that the famous horse race is held annually on the Bajo de Guía beach of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, which is an impressive sight to see.
Among all the beaches of this Cádiz part of the Costa de la Luz, we would like to highlight some such as Los Lances beach, Bolonia beach, Cabo de la Plata beach, Zahara de los Atunes beach, Faro de Trafalgar beach and Valdevaqueros beach. With just seeing a photo, you will understand how special these beaches can be.
Bolonia beach is located in Tarifa and it is a mixture between coast and mountain, the mixture of green and blue of the sea makes it stand out. There is the Bolonia Dune, which in 2001 was declared a Natural Monument of High Ecological Value. This beach is an almost virgin space of fine sand, turquoise water and a wind always present. Wind that turns this place into an ideal setting for lovers of surfing and its different modalities.
Los Lances beach looks like an almost wild beach between golden dunes and vegetation; and the others are not left behind, they all have a mixture of natural colors that leave us impressed.
And those who look for a nudist beach in Cádiz should know that the Faro de Trafalgar beach has a space for naturists.
Of course, these idyllic Cádiz beaches and their characteristic winds make the Costa de la Luz an excellent place to practice water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, flysurfing and kite surfing, as well as others such as scuba diving and fishing.
But you can also enjoy an environment characterized by a great culture since antiquity, a place full of archaeological wealth (Roman remains and cave paintings) and a charming place, characterized by its narrow streets, its walls, stately homes and for its palaces... Do not think that only this coast is beach, it is much more, it is culture and it is worth seeing and knowing.
The rich gastronomy of Cádiz puts the rest, allowing us to enjoy seafood and fresh fish, such as bluefin tuna and “almadraba” tuna. Also the varied fish fry and the star dish, the shrimp omelettes.
These are the nine destinations on the Costa de la Luz of Cádiz that you can not miss:
It is the jewel in the crown of tourism in Cádiz, the Spanish capital of the wind and therefore a mecca for surf lovers. Its almost 38 kilometers of golden sand beaches, crystal clear waters and spectacular dunes delight visitors, who flock to Tarifa since spring until autumn arrives. The Bolonia beach is, by far, the best known and most visited.
Tarifa is located at the southernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and on the horizon the African continent rises, so close that it seems that we can touch it with our hands. The visibility of Ceuta is perfect, since the distance through the Strait of Gibraltar is only 15 kilometers. And to enjoy these views even more, nothing better than go up to the Strait viewpoint.
In the surroundings of Tarifa is Los Alcornocales Natural Park, which extends through the Sierra de Cádiz.
Undoubtedly one of the best beach destinations in Andalusia, with beaches of fine white sand, sea of a blue color so crystalline that many days it seems turquoise, beautiful coves, cliffs, landscape of pine forests and a captivating atmosphere in general. Who goes to Conil is so fond of the place that usually repeats.
But Conil de la Frontera is much more than beach. It is also a picturesque white town that has known how to sell its natural and monumental charms to live more and more of tourism, which is next to fishing the main economic activity of the municipality.
It is an ideal place to eat fried "pescaito", fish with salt or the famous squid of Conil.
Barbate has many natural charms like its cliffs and marshes. But the best known of the town are its popular beaches, especially that of Los Caños de Meca and Zahara de los Atunes.
El Puerto de Santa María
El Puerto de Santa María is in the heart of the Bahía de Cádiz. Its landscapes are basically divided into pine forests, marshes and beaches.
The beaches are many and all of them impressive. The most famous and urban is La Puntilla beach, although for surfing or sailing, La Calita beach is recommended. And if what we want is to enjoy movie sunsets, Las Redes beach, La Muralla beach and Santa Catalina beach are the best options.
Beyond the beaches, if we visit this corner of the Costa de la Luz in Cádiz, we will find a city with interesting monuments, for example the Saint Marcos Castle.
Chiclana de la Frontera
Almost the entire municipality of Chiclana de la Frontera is located within the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, especially highlighting the Marshes of Sancti Petri Natural Place, with beautiful landscapes.
The wide beaches of good sand also attract tourists to Chiclana. The Sancti-Petri beach is the best for windsurfing, although Barrosa beach is the most crowded.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
This municipality of the Cádiz Shore stands out for its privileged geographical location, since it is located in front of the Doñana National Park, one of the most important natural reserves and biological reserves, not only of Spain, but of Europe.
The visitor arriving in Sanlúcar de Barrameda will enjoy a place that is a perfect starting point to visit the Doñana National Park and the Guadalquivir River mouth, which is the most important river in Andalusia.
The beaches are the main attraction of Chipiona, both for its beauty and its high content of minerals and iodine from its waters, which provide health benefits.
The most representative is the Regla beach because it is the one that is closest to the urban core, between the Chipiona Lighthouse and Punta de Camarón, and the most frequented of all the beaches of Chipiona. It is considered one of the best beaches in Andalusia and has a length exceeding one and a half kilometers.
Other recommended beaches for both relaxing and practicing water sports and nautical sports, as well as fishing, are the Montijo-Niño de Oro beach, the Cruz del Mar-Las Canteras beach, the Camarón-La Laguna beach and the Tres Piedras-La Ballena beach.
For lovers of fishing, it should be noted that in Chipiona there is a peculiar fishing technique called "Los Corrales", which consists of stone walls of half a meter in height located very close to the seashore and in which the mollusks are trapped.
This small municipality that is located to the north of the Bahía de Cádiz, stands out for some extensive beaches that form spectacular dunes of blond sand. In total, 16 kilometers of beach in Rota for all tastes: with promenade and all kinds of services for the most urban, or quiet and wild for those who want to disconnect everything.
Within the lagoons of the Bahía de Cádiz is Puerto Real, which has a Natural Reserve, which together with its beaches makes it a place worth visiting.