Cadiz Beaches, Spain

Cadiz Beaches: Caleta

Caleta beach,Playa de la Caleta, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain

One of the nearest Cadiz beaches to town centre, Playa de la Caleta beach, in April.

Caleta is our favourite urban beach in southern Spain, with calm, protected waters, soft sand and excellent facilites nearby. However, it is small so will be inevitably crowded in summertime. If so, hop on the #1 bus from nearby Plaza de España and take a 10 minute trip down to the massive beaches running beside and below Cadiz new town (photos below).

Playa de la Caleta beach, low tide view, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain

La Caleta beach is not only our favourite beach in southern Spain, but also the port of choice for invading Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans, so we’re in good company!

Playa Victoria

Playa de la Victoria beach and promenade, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain

Victoria beach (Playa de la Victoria), soft sand, wide-open spaces, fine promenade and typically unnattractive but convenient hotels and apartment blocks.

Playa de la Victoria sand quality, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain

Playa de la Victoria sand, soft, clean and grey-beige. Victoria is a lot more breezy than Caleta.

Playa Santa Maria

Playa Sta. Maria del Mar and Cadiz old town, Andalucia, Spain

Playa Sta. Maria del Mar, at the old town end of Playa de la Victoria.

Playa de Cortadura beach, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain

The start of Cortadura beach, with parking on the left (that road is now only for beach use).

Tarifa beaches (Costa de la Luz) are one hour’s drive from Cadiz!

Playa de los Lances beach, Tarifa, Costa de la Luz, Spain

Playa de los Lances, Tarifa’s town beach with a flash of distant dunes in the centre of the picture where Punta Palomas is located.

Located at the junction of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, Tarifa is one of Europe’s most acclaimed wind and kite surfing regions with strong, reliable, side winds.

Tarifa town is Spain’s most southerly point, with a charming little old town that doesn’t offer much in the way of nightlife. Naturally there also lurks an unattractive new town with  a very convenient fast car ferry service to Tangier, Morocco in 35 minutes,so day trips are common. Tarifa is also a fine place for whale/dolphin watching around the month of July.
Playa de los Lances is 10 km of creamy sand stretching from the old town to some protected pine woods.

For windsurfers Playa de Valdevaqueros, the location of annual world wind surfing championships, is the place. It’s a curving, wind-catching sandy beach with dunes stretching around to Punta Palomas, another famous kite-surfing spot.