Beaches and coastlines
With 300 days of sunshine a year and summer temperatures regularly topping 30°C, you’ll want to spend a few days at the beach. Whether that’s for windsurfing or sunbathing though, the choice is yours. Beaches along the scenic Costa de la Luz have something for everyone. The sea might be a little cooler than the rest of southern Spain – because it faces the Atlantic rather than the Med – but the sand is just as golden.
Close to the River Piedras is El Rompido beach, nicely protected from the open sea by the river bank and popular with holidaymakers enjoying All Inclusive Costa de la Luz holidays in the nearby resort. The further south you go, the wilder and windier the beaches get. The coastline is a haven for windsurfers and kitesurfers, and also has areas to fish around the Sancti Petri harbour.
The area has a rich Roman history, with the remains of a Roman city and port to be explored at the Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia. A day out here requires an excursion from town but you can also learn a lot from the town of Cadiz itself, which claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the western world. Visit the cathedral, the museum of Cadiz (the region’s top museum), the Torre Tavira (a watch tower over which merchant sailors traditionally observed the port), the Roman theatre and the pretty plazas and beaches.
Along with the vast coastline, the nature reserves and parks that dot the landscape of Costa de la Luz deserve an exploration. The big one near the main resorts is the Parque Nacional de Donana, one of Europe’s most important wetland reserves and a major ecological site for birds including geese, flamingo and one of the world’s largest colonies of Spanish imperial eagles. If getting down with nature isn’t your idea of fun however, there’s a waterpark in Cartaya and excellent shopping to be found in Seville, Cadiz and Huelva, along with museums and galleries.
Dining and nightlife
Punta Umbria has the liveliest nightlife in the area, but Costa de la Luz generally offers a quieter holiday than other tourist hotspots in Spain. You’re more likely to catch a traditional flamenco show than go clubbing until 3am, but that’s not to say you won’t find late-night bars in every town. Food is focused on the sea so you’ll never be far from a seafood or fish restaurant, with alternative options including Italian, Portuguese and English menus. Visit a local bodega to learn more about the local wines and sherries you’re sure to sample during your stay.