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Costa De La Luz

Costa de la Luz Holidays 2016/2017

Located on the Andalusian coast in southern Spain, Costa de la Luz has been massively popular with Spanish holidaymakers for decades, but it's now being discovered by UK travellers searching for an authentic Spanish holiday. Resorts in the area offer value for money breaks under the beautiful Spanish sunshine on the 'coast of light'. This unspoilt area of Spain is noted for its ecological importance and beauty, with vast areas of protected national parks and waterways.

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Soak up the culture and the drinks

Costa de la Luz has a lot to offer families and couples, especially lovers of golf, watersports and stunning scenery. It doesn't have the party-hard towns you'll find in the Costa del Sol but more than makes up for it with its own flair. Punta Umbria has the livliest nightlife in the region, while Cadiz and Seville have the culture. Visit Costa de la Luz now while it remains relatively unspoilt and enjoy the Spanish Algarve – as it's known – at its best.

Where to stay in Costa De La Luz

El Rompido
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This tranquil spot in Costa de la Luz is five miles from the nearest town of Cartaya. It's grown from a small fishing village and now accommodates holidaymakers looking for a relaxing break in the sun in an area of stunning natural beauty. With two golf courses and one of the region's best beaches stemming from the river estuary, it's easy to see why holidaymakers love this spot.

Isla Canela
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Isla Canela is an island of hotels south of the town of Ayamonte and connected to the mainland by a road bridge. This area is great if you'll be spending a lot of your time on the beach, partaking in water sports and enjoying coastal walks.

IslantillaView on Map

Another seaside town, Islantilla offers the best of both worlds, with easy access to the town and local nature reserves. It's a relaxed resort with some excellent golf courses and top-notch restaurants.

Punta Umbria
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The largest coastal town in Costa de la Luz, Punta Umbria also has the best nightlife in the area (by which we mean the liveliest) and an unusual clam festival in April. The three main beaches all have European Blue Flags for cleanliness and the town is also enclosed by three nature reserves brilliant for walking and bird watching.


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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 staying 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.