Costa de la Luz - Cadiz
This coast is often divided into two sections. The Cadiz part stretches from the mouth of the Guadalquivir River to historic Tarifa, the southernmost point in Europe where kitesurfers congregate from all over the world.
Destinations are listed from West to East.
Find excellent, reasonably priced hostels on the Costa de la Luz and Andalucia. More >
The major international car rental companies have offices in most cities and major airports. More >
Along the coast of Andalucía there are numerous marinas, ideal for those with boast or yachts who need a berth. More >
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Created in 2003, the Parque Natural del Estrecho near Gibraltar is the southernmost protected area in Europe. More >
Created in 1989, the Breña y Marismas de Barbate park is Andalucia's second-largest coastal reserve. More >
Cadiz Bay supports a surprising wealth of wildlife, given the built-up areas around it. More >
Appropriately christened the Costa de la Luz (Coast of the Light), the Atlantic shoreline of Cadiz province has many wild and windswept beaches, with its strong onshore winds making Tarifa the foremost windsurf and kitesurfing site in Europe. The stretches of cliffs and coves are generally found to the east near Conil and around the Campo de Gibraltar.
The beaches here are more expansive and backed by sand dunes and pine trees - this part of the coast has not seen the high-rise hotel development of other areas.
Noteworthy for their wealth of wildlife are the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, covering the beaches and wetlands of Cadiz Bay; the Estrecho Natural Park along the Strait (Estrecho) of Gibraltar from Algeciras to Bolonia; and the Breña and Marismas de Barbate Natural Park, the coastal cliffs and pine forest between Los Caños de Meca and Barbate as well as Barbate´s saltmarshes.
Being so close to the Strait of Gibraltar means that the province is an ideal place for birdwatching during periods of migration between Europe and Africa, and whalewatching. The age-old practise of almadraba tuna fishing is practised on this coast.