Los Caños de Meca beach, Cape Trafalgar, Costa de la Luz
Costa de la Luz.Pictures taken in April.
Stretching from either Portugal to Gibraltar or from the more limited (but probably correct, depending on which Spanish map you’re looking at! ) Sanlucar de Barrameda to Tarifa in the far south west of the country, the Costa de la Luz encompasses some of Spain’s finest, least crowded beaches.
The coast is spacious and relatively uncrowded with a hot climate, abundant champagne-colour sand and good support facilities. However, the water temperature is affected – at least partially – by the nearby Atlantic Ocean so is colder and rougher than other Spanish Mediterranean costas, while some beaches are exposed and can get windy, with the result that these are among Europe’s best wind-surfing, kite-surfing and regular board-surfing destinations but perhaps a little exposed for family playtime.
The Costa de la Luz also embraces the Biological Reserve at Doñana National Park where thousands of migratory birds nest among the dunes (including golden eagles) and Bajo de Guía beach which is known for its annual horse races.
Bugbog’s choice of beaches from on the stretch from Sanlucar to Tarifa
• Cadiz’s La Caleta for family-friendly protected waters, good facilities, style and proximity to superb urban attractions (day or night), tho’ it’s small.
• Cadiz’s Playa de la Victoria for a massive expanse of exposed sand, great promenade, many hotels immediately adjacent and old town attractions not far away.
• Tarifa beach, Playa de los Lances, for superb stretches of exposed and frequently breezy sand, board surfing/kite and wind surfing waters, with a nice little promenade and charming, bohemian old town nearby, though Tarifa is tiny and short of night action.