Caños de Meca
Caños de Meca is a small, unspoiled community on the windswept but stunning Costa de la Luz. Caños is located on the edge Andalucia's second largest coastal reserve called the Breña y Marismas de Barbate natural park.
Caños de Meca is known for its beautiful unspoilt beaches, some backed by steep cliffs and pine trees and others more open and backed by sand dunes.
Perched on the cliff-tops straddling the coast road, this laid-back little village has gained a reputation as a trendy place for beatnik travellers and wave-jumpers to spend the summer.
The singer and actress Lola Flores was originally from this area, and much to the pride of the locals, often spent her family holidays in here.
Caños de Meca is well off the beaten track and has to be reached by either taking the A-2230 country road off the N-340 coast road just north of Vejer de la Frontera or by taking the minor coast A-2233 road through the pine forest north from Barbate. The latter afords a more spectacular arrival.
Its almost impossible to escape from the occasional block of flats, but thankfully, there's little modern development. There are campsites in the area featuring chalet-style bungalows ideal for families. Car parking is complicated in the summer so special arrangement have been made for a car park in the pines at the easter end of the village.
Things to See
The 'El Pirata' restaurant overlooks the beach and offers excellent seafood dishes especially at lunch time. Opposite La Cabana specializes in Moroccan fare, well worth a visit. After the evening meal many visitors descend to the cliff steps to the beach bars (El Pirata recommended) which become discos on hot summer nights. The music stops when the last person leaves or just falls asleep on the beach.
To the north west of the town, is the famous Cape Trafalgar, which protects the town's beaches. The lighthouse protects shipping. This is probably one of the worlds most famous yet unknown places because it was off this point that the Battle of Trafalgar was fought in 1805. Admiral Nelson, although greatly outnumbered, attacked and destroyed the combined French and Spanish fleet.