Costa de la Luz Travel Guide

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Costa de la Luz Travel Guide

Costa de la Luz Local History

The rapidly developing Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) is fast becoming the next tourist Mecca of Spain. It is generally divided into two sections, the western part being the coastline of the province of Huelva, and the eastern region, the coastline of the province of Cadiz. Stretching from Tarifa Point on the Straits of Gibralter to the mouth of the Guadiana River, the Luz coast forms the boundary with Portugal.

The point from where Magellan left in 1519 to sail around the world is located in Sanlucar de Barrameda, which Columbus also made as his homeport for his third trip to the New World. Sanlucar is more famous today though for its local sherry, Manzanilla, which is available from any of the bodegas in the city.

Costa de la Luz Attractions

Top Attractions

Huelva This sprawling, industrialized city, with a population of 141,000, fortunately still has some splendid old buildings, churches, and monuments, such as the Shrine of Nuestra Senora de la Cinta, and the 15th century Church of San Pedro, and of-course, Christopher Columbus' home, where his commemorative monument also stands. Huelva is also a great base for visiting the nearby Coto Donana National Park, Marismas del Odiel wetlands, and the sites to do with good old Chris.

Cadiz Standing on a peninsula that juts out into the bay, Cadiz is practically an island, surrounded almost completely by water. It has some beautiful and historical architecture such as the magnificent cathedral, and the churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri. Worth visiting as well are the grand mansions, Casa del Almirante and Casa de las Cadenas.

Cadiz Carnival During the civil war, General Franco abolished the carnival in rebel areas, as it undermined social order and the people were generally having far too much fun. In 1937, Franco abolished the carnival totally, but it continued in Cadiz, and is one of the finest events in Spain.

Sanlucar de Barrameda Famous for its Manzanilla sherry, Sanlucar is also the point from where Magellan left for his historic round the world in 1518, and is full of interesting architecture and historical points of interest. Which, depending on how much of the wine you have enjoyed, can fill a few hours of exploration.

Barbate Barbate is a small fishertown in the middle of Costa de la Luz. The main beach spans almost 2 kilometers and has a relaxed family atmosphere. On both sides of Barbate unspoilt beaches stretch for miles.
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Nuevo Portil Nuevo Portil is one of the three beaches belonging to the local council of Cartaya, the others been El Rompido and San Miguel, there is 14km of fine white sand, protected by the Flecha de Rompido, making it ideal for young children and families. The area is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Huelva coast and only just been discovered by Northern Europeans.
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Isla Canela Beautiful beaches in this exclusive resort. 7km of lustrous golden sand with safe bathing. Recharge your batteries in this tranquil haven.
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Costa de la Luz Activities

Ruff 'n Tumble Located in Cadiz, this organization aims to develop a child's social, intellectual and emotional skills as well as building them physically. They offer structured gym sessions with specially designed equipment and brightly coloured play apparatus that stimulates the mind as well as the body.

Costa de la Luz Beaches

Isla Cristina This huge beach on the Huelva side of the peninsula, has fine golden sand, and dunes and pine trees behind it, is one of the most popular with the younger crowd. There are a few small developments near it.

La Antilla This golden beach on the Huelva side of the peninsula, has good facilities, and is supported by a picturesque seaside town, which sleeps during the day, but comes alive at night.

Matalascanas Located on the Huelva side of the peninsula, this wide, busy, and very crowded, beach has a number of restaurants, and is the place to meet locals and visitors alike.

Conil de la Frontera On the Cadiz side of the peninsula, this long beach is backed by tall cliffs, and is near a trendy little town that has some excellent bars and cafes.

Zahara de las Atunes This is one of the best sandy beaches in the Cadiz area, with waters that are clear and turquoise blue, and great for snorkelling.

Costa de la Luz Restaurants and Bars

Costa de la Luz Restaurants

Delgado Restaurant - Km. 2 Of The Local Road Sanlucar, Sanlucar De Barrameda, Cadiz. For the very best in Sanlucarian and Andalusian cuisine, come to this restaurant that serves the most divine seafood. The menu also covers meat and vegetables for those who are allergic to seafood, but for an evening of pure pleasure, do yourself a favour and pay a visit to the Delgado.

El Faro De Cadiz - C/ San Felix, 15, 11002 Cadiz. Although this restaurant is famous for its seafood dishes, it does also serve both meat and fish dishes. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the decor of the place is outstanding and the different rooms have been done out in typical Andalusian style.

El Jardin Crta. La Barrosa, Ctro. Comerci Chiclana, Cadiz. For perfection in Spanish cuisine, come to El Jardin and enjoy a meal that will linger in your memory long after you have left the sunny shores of Tenerife.

Restaurant Francisco la Fontanilla - Playa De La Frontera, 11140 Conil De La Frontera. This restaurant has been in business for the past 35 years, and the family atmosphere, great food, and perfect location, (looking out on to the sea) makes a meal here and event to be enjoyed, rather than just a re-fuelling exercise.

Costa de la Luz children's activities

Ruff 'n Tumble Located in Cadiz, this organization aims to develop a child's social, intellectual and emotional skills as well as building them physically. They offer structured gym sessions with specially designed equipment and brightly coloured play apparatus that stimulates the mind as well as the body.

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