200 km along the coastline west of Gibraltar towards Portugal, the ‘Coast of Light’ is home to some of Spain’s finest, least crowded beaches.
The shores are spacious and liberally spread with champagne-coloured sand – as opposed to the depressingly greyish stuff found on the Costa del Sol, the beach season is long due to its southerly location and the waters generally clean, making Costa de la Luz a winner for Spanish beach holidays.
Popular towns in this stretch are Cadiz (for old town culture and beaches); Tarifa (charming little town, a big wind/kite surfing centre and the most southerly point in Europe); Ayamonte; Chiclana de la Frontera.
However, beaches can be uncomfortably exposed and windy, facilities are limited and the warmth of the sea is lowered by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.
This costa encompasses some of Europe’s best board surfing destinations but also the protected nature reserves of Doñana National Park, Barbate marshes, La Breña cliffs and the estuaries of the Rios Tinto and Odiel for birdlife
Our choice of best beaches on Costa de la Luz: Tarifa’s Playa de los Lances; Cadiz’ La Caleta for family-friendly protected waters, good facilities and more.