- Costa de la Luz
Costa de la Luz in the south west of Spain includes the southernmost point of mainland Europe, and remains virtually undeveloped in tourism terms. Costa de la Luz's few resorts are basically pretty fishing villages, and typical beaches on the Costa de la Luz are expansive stretches backed by sand dunes and pine trees. With some distance from the closest major airports, this beautiful area is unlikely to ever succumb to mass tourism. Property investment is for those seeking an undeveloped area of the Mediterranean and with an appreciation for an active, outdoor lifestyle.
This Andalucian region is known to many as "the bridge between two continents" and has been coveted by many cultures since the earliest periods of history. Translated as the 'Coast of Light', the region encourages its visitors to leave the hustle and bustle of the other Spanish coasts to appreciate the natural beauty of Spain.
The Atlantic shoreline of Cadiz province has many wild and windswept beaches, with its strong winds making Tarifa the foremost windsurf site in Europe. Considerable stretches of the coast are particularly noteworthy for their diversity of wildlife, including the extensive Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, covering the beaches and wetlands of Cadiz Bay and the Estrecho Natural Park along the Strait of Gibraltar.
The historic walled city of Cadiz is built on a Peninsular jutting into the Bay of Cadiz which s a natural park. The city of Cadiz, which was at one time the capital of Spain, has a remarkable history which is worth taking the time to explore. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the city’s 18th century cathedral, the old quarter, the San Felipe Neri, which housed the Spanish parliament when it approved the 1812 Constitution, and the Santa Cueva Chapel with its paintings by Goya.
Chiclana has beautiful beaches and is also notable for its extensive salt flats. Just off the coast is the island of Sancti Petri with its 13th century castle.
For golf enthusiasts, don’t miss the Seve Ballesteros-designed course at Novo Sancti Petri. South of the golf at Sancti Petri, a ragged coastline is dominated by coves and cliffs often backed by pine forests. The best are located just to the north of the fishing town of Barbate and are protected in the Cliffs and Pinewood of Barbate Natural Park.
Continuing along the coast, we soon reach Tarifa, the windsurfing capital of Europe, with its famous wind and kite surfing beaches of Playa Los Lances and Playa Valdevaqueros.
Bordered by Portugal to the west and the Seville province to the east, Huelva is one of the least visited regions in Andalucía, but nevertheless has many unique places to explore. Huelva is probably best known for its Parque Nacional de Doñana, with its important wetland areas with incredible wildlife. West of Huelva is the busiest and most established resort Punta Umbría. It has magnificent beaches, a lively nightlife in summer and a great choice of restaurants. Further west is the smaller resort of La Antilla and the tiny fishing village of El Rompido, overlooking the Paraje Natural Marismas del Río Piedras y Flecha del Rompido.
The popular Isla Cristina with its fine sandy beaches and famous port is an ideal place to start your exploration of the Costa de la Luz. There are several golf courses within easy reach, and Playa d'Santiago is the resort's golden sandy beach. Isla Canela lies by a wonderful 7 kilometre stretch of golden sand where the hotels have been tastefully developed in the local Andalucian style. The new marina is the centre of a low-key nightlife with other entertainment options centred around the local hotels.
The once fishing port of Ayamonte is located in the most western zone of Andalusia. Also serving as a border with Portugal, for beach lovers Ayamonte offers some of the finest white sandy beaches, such as Isla Canela and Punta del Moral. Golfers will not be lacking with the renowned 27 holes of Islantilla Golf Course just minutes away.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Costa de la Luz is serviced mainly by Jerez airport or by Seville airport which is approximately 1.5 - 2 hour drive from the Costa de la Luz. Approximate flight time from the UK is 2 hours.
Northern Huelva is also reachable within an hour of the Algarve’s Faro Airport.
Jerez airport is the only passenger airport in the province of Cádiz and can be reached with discount airline Ryanair from London Stansted, Frankfurt-Hahn and Madrid. It is situated 5 kilometres to the north of the city of Jerez.
Seville Airport is also serviced by Ryanair from a variety of UK and European airports, and is situated 10 kilometres to the north east of the city of Seville on the N4 motorway. Look for international regular and charter flights to and from Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Munich, Paris and Rome.