Costa de la Luz Destination Guide
Located in the region of Andalusia, the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) is a stunningly beautiful natural coastline. There are sand dunes, pine trees and quaint little fishing villages on the most south-westerly expanse of Spain, facing the Atlantic. It stretches from Tarifa, where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet, heading north/northwest to Cadiz and all the way up to the Guadiana River mouth. It is popular with international and Spanish tourists alike. Tourists are undoubtedly drawn to the miles of pristine beaches and ample days of sunshine. The climate is very pleasant with warm sunny days throughout the year. It is therefore no wonder that it is a popular destination for tourists.
Activities are boundless and range from water-based sports and recreation such as kite surfing, sailing, surfing, snorkelling and diving to golf, shopping and dining at some of the region's best restaurants. There are a number of exquisite natural attractions in the area. These include the Donana National Park, the Barbate salt marshes and the breathtaking cliffs at La Brena overlooking the ocean, both of which are located within the La Brena y Marismas del Barbate National Park. The main cities, such as Cadiz and Huelva are also fascinating to explore.
There are many attractions, monuments and a vast amount of historical buildings to view. There are also plenty of annual fiestas and carnivals. The popular Cadiz Carnival takes place in February and the Féria del Caballo in Jerez is held in May. The sherry festival, Festival del Otono is one not to be missed, with a wide range of fine sherry to sample. The local cuisine centres mainly on seafood, with tuna being particularly popular. Visitors are spoiled for choice with a range of restaurants and markets to explore.
Getting to the Costa de la Luz is easy enough. Jerez Airport is the closest and most convenient at around 40 minutes drive. Seville, Malaga and Gibraltar airports are slightly further away at around 90 minutes.