Finding a Lovely Little Corner of Spain: Costa de la Luz
Some of the Spanish Costas are more famous than others. As we have been trundling along hugging the coastline we have experienced some of the most famous, the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol along with some of the less well known, the Costa del Alazhar and the Costa Almeria. The last Costa we visited before heading into Portugal was the Costa de la Luz. It was the place we had decided to spend a month in one location to catch our breath, thank goodness it was a treat.
Located in the western part of Andalucia, the Costa de la Luz faces the Atlantic rather than the Mediterranean and stretches from Tarifa along to Cadiz and all the way to the border of Portugal in the province of Huelva.
The area is well known for Red Tuna. The fish are caught by the ancient Almadraba method of fishing in a system of nets when they swim through the Straits of Gibraltar as part of their migratory pattern. However they are caught, I can attest they are indeed tasty!
Before we arrived at our month long stay we stopped near to Tarifa, the kitesurfing mecca and all round hip hang-out. We actually stayed a few kilometres up the road in Camping Valdevaqueros and found an amazing deserted beach opposite the site that stretched for miles and miles. This was looking promising.
Things continued to look up as we made it up the coast to Conil de la Frontera. A delightful little white town that was a perfect base to spend a month at the excellent Camplng La Rosaleda campsite. While the touristy old town was a little sleepy before the season proper started, the rest of town was still quite active with locals and the seafront had busy excellent seafood restaurants. Our favorite spots in the city included Mas Que Cajas a great tapas bar with top notch wine and jamon, and Esparte, a craft beer bar which was small but mighty.
We rented a car for our month here which gave us great opportunities to explore the nearby white towns. They were so wonderful that they warranted their own blog post. We also enjoyed visiting the cities of Cadiz and Jerez. The rest of the coast was fantastic too. There is so much unspoiled coastline, I can only imagine all of Spain was once like this. There are some beautiful natural areas such as the Parque Natural La Breña y Marismas near Barbarte where you can hike or bike along the scenic coastline. And, when heading into the cities of Cadiz and Jerez, we even spotted throngs of pink flamingos hanging out in the sunshine soaked shallow waters by the freeway.
One of the most impressive sites we visited was Bolonia where you can wander around the ruins of a roman fishing village Baelo Claudia. It’s right on the ocean and once again our minds were blown as we found ourselves walking on stones that Roman settlers laid over 2,000 years ago.
We loved our time in the Costa de la Luz and were so delighted to choose this spot to spend a month. Spain is endlessly surprising us with gems and corners to explore. We can’t wait to come back again next time we are in Andalucia.