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Top 7 on Costa de la Luz

Embark on a journey to the enchanting Costa de la Luz, Spain’s southernmost gem, nestled between the provinces of Cádiz and Huelva. Affectionately known as the Coast of Light, this dazzling destination basks in over 300 days of sunshine each year, making it a haven for sun-seekers and adventurers alike.

Stretching from the eastern tip at Tarifa to the Taguas estuary, flirting with the Portuguese border, the Costa de la Luz unveils a realm of unparalleled beauty. Against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, it boasts some of Spain’s most captivating attractions, including the majestic Doñana National Park, sprawling golden beaches, world-class golf courses, and a culinary scene that ranks among the finest in the country.

In this blog, we’ll guide you through the 7 most stunning spots along the Costa de la Luz, each with its own unique allure and secrets waiting to be discovered by you. Join us on an expedition filled with light, color, and unforgettable moments.

This is our top 7 on Costa de la Luz:

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1. Chipiona

Dive into the heart of Spain with a visit to Chipiona, where golden sands stretch far and wide, inviting families for a perfect day under the sun. This place breathes the essence of Spain with its vibrant local life and deep-rooted fishing traditions. Situated where the Guadalquivir river kisses the sea, Chipiona is home to stunning historical gems – from a Roman lighthouse standing tall as Spain’s highest, to a fortress of the 12th century, and a church dating back to the 16th century.

Wander off the main streets to stumble upon some hidden culinary treasures offering the freshest seafood and tapas at unbeatable prices. The trick is to follow the locals to bustling bars for the real deal. Plus, there’s the cozy Chipibeach B&B for a snug stay.

2. Tarifa

As you journey from Málaga towards the Costa de la Luz, make your first pit-stop at Tarifa. Not only is this whitewashed village a sight for sore eyes, but it’s also the kitesurfing hotspot of Europe, thanks to the ever-present gusty winds. Standing at Europe’s southern edge, Tarifa’s streets echo Moorish history with their distinctive architecture. If high-adrenaline sports aren’t your cup of tea, the old town awaits with its rich history, including the Castillo de Guzmán el Bueno and the Iglesia de San Mateo Apóstol. Tarifa’s unique blend of wind, waves, and history makes it a must-visit, even if just for a day. Also interesting: child-friendly accommodations in Andalusia.


3. Doñana National Park

Venture into the wild at Doñana National Park, a cornerstone of Europe’s ecological landscape and a haven for biodiversity, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994. This park is a sanctuary for the elusive Iberian Lynx, among countless other species thriving in its unique mix of dunes, marshes, and forests. Positioned where the Guadalquivir River greets the Atlantic, Doñana is a crucial waypoint for birds migrating across continents and a nesting paradise for numerous aquatic birds.

With an extensive network of trails, the park invites adventurers to explore its rich ecosystems, either on a birdwatching quest or a cultural journey through its quaint villages like El Rocío, offering a taste of Andalusian tradition and flavors. For a truly enriching experience, consider joining a guided tour that brings the park’s wonders to life.

4. Huelva

Tucked away near the Portuguese border, Huelva is a tranquil coastal gem with a rich past. Once a bustling port for globe-trotting explorers, today it’s a haven for those seeking a quieter escape. Dive into its history at the provincial museum, exploring tales from 1000 B.C. to the days of Columbus and the discovery of the Americas. Don’t miss the cathedral and monuments celebrating this historic voyage. Yet, it’s Huelva’s understated beaches that are starting to shine, offering serene spots away from the crowd.

5. Cadiz

Steeped in history, Cádiz holds the title as Europe’s oldest city, founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 BCE. Surrounded by the sea, the approach over the bridge offers an exciting glimpse of this peninsular city. Cádiz is a treasure trove of experiences, far too rich to be explored in just one day. Highlights include the Teatro Romano, revealing ancient Rome’s footprint, and the scenic Campo del Sur – a coastal promenade that hints at Havana’s design. Don’t miss Playa de la Caleta, a charming beach framed by historic forts, and the walk to Castillo de San Sebastian, offering fun and views rather than castle entry. Also check: The White towns of Cadiz

6. Benalup

Nestled in the heart of Costa de la Luz, Benalup-Casas Viejas is a picturesque whitewashed village that epitomizes Andalusian charm. Perfectly located, Benalup serves as an ideal base to explore the vibrant surroundings, from the bustling beaches of Barbate and Alemanes to the historic streets of Vejer. Whether you’re after a market day, a beach day, or a cultural expedition, Benalup is the place. The area boasts stunning holiday homes like El Laguna, with its outdoor kitchen and valley views, and Las Adelfas and Las Mimosas, offering private pools and spacious luxury with a view all the way to Morocco. La Luz invites you with its terrace-rich space, showcasing breathtaking vistas unique to Costa de la Luz.

7. Bolonia

Just a short drive northwest from Tarifa, Bolonia is a serene coastal town celebrated for two remarkable attractions. First is the pristine Playa de Bolonia, a contender for the most stunning beach in Cádiz, beloved for its fine sands and vibrant kite surfing scene. Equally impressive are the ancient Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, where history dates back to 206 BC, offering a window into a bygone era. Alongside historical explorations, the beach bars of Bolonia provide the perfect spots to unwind and soak in the coastal ambiance.

This is our top 7 on Costa de la Luz. Which one is your favourite?