7 places of interest in Costa de la Luz: old towns and beautiful beaches

The Costa de la Luz is the coastal region stretching from the southern city of Tarifa to the border of Portugal across the provinces of Cadiz and Huelva. The "coast of light" owes its name to the ever shining sun reflected by its blue waters and white beaches. If you are planning your holiday to Spain and you don't know where to go yet, travelling to the Costa de la Luz for its beautiful sights and warmth is certainly a good idea. It is also a lot quieter and therefore more authentic than for example the Costa del Sol. With a holiday home on the Costa de la Luz you already have the best of Spain in your area. Moreover, the best sights on the Costa de la Luz give you a good impression of the identity of Spain, because the Andalusian culture has influenced the whole country. 

1. Enjoying Spanish delicacies

Did you know that many typical Spanish delicacies and cultural features used to originate only from southern Spain or Andalusia? Nowadays we consider sherry, flamenco, the Spanish thoroughbreds and paella as typical specialities of Spain, but the Costa de la Luz is their place of origin. Would you like to enjoy all the beauty and delicacies the region has to offer? Nothing better than drinking a Spanish aperitif while the paella is simmering in your own holiday home in the Costa de la Luz. 

2. Natural Park Doñana

The Doñana National Park or in Spanish Parque Nacional de Doñana used to be the hunting grounds of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, a former important duchy in the province of Cadiz. That explains why the area is still called Coto Doñana, which translates into 'hunting ground of Doña Ana', to one of the wives of an important duke. Because it has remained demarcated throughout history, there are no roads in the National Park. Some people live there, but they live according to the laws of nature and 'off the grid'. Coto Doñana thus forms a natural beacon between the provinces of Huelva and Seville and attracts millions of migratory birds every year from all over Europe. Lynx and wild boar also find a safe haven here. Nature lovers look for this attraction on the Costa de la Luz especially for birdwatching and peace and quiet. 


3. Huelva

Huelva is a small coastal town near the Portuguese border. It used to be an important port where explorers left and returned home, making it a colourful mix of cultural influences over time. The history of Huelva is commemorated in several places of interest and in the provincial museum, which goes back in time to the foundation of Huelva in 1000 BC. Important sights in Huelva are the cathedral and several monuments commemorating the discovery of "Las Americas" by Christopher Columbus. The beautiful beaches of Huelva are beginning to gain fame, but the city is still a delightful destination if you want to find peace and quiet. 

4. Cadiz

Cadiz, like Huelva, is a city full of history and was founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 BC. The ancient Roman theatre bears witness to what an important city Cadiz was in the Roman Empire. In the 18th century, thanks to its favorable location, Cadiz became the trade centre par excellence with the New World, which means that here, too, an enormous amount of cultural influences are noticeable. The small streets, beautiful squares in the city centre, the characteristic promenade and the hospitable Gaditanos, the inhabitants, made Cadiz the "city that smiles". All sights in Cadiz can be visited within walking distance of each other because the old centre is located on a peninsula. Next the popular beach and the beautiful cathedral, are the main sights of Cadiz de Torre Tavira, the typical watchtowers that served to watch the arrival of the ships from America, Castillo de san Sebastián and Castillo de santa Catalina. After the ancient theatre in Pompeii, the Teatro Romano is the largest Roman theatre in the world and is definitely worth a visit. 

5. Benalup

The small municipality of Benalup-Casas Viejas is one of the most beautiful whitewashed villages in Andalusia. Benalup is located quite centrally in the Costa de la Luz and that makes it a lovely place to stay. Enjoy all the beauty of the Costa de la Luz in your holiday home in Benalup. You are in fact a stone's throw from the cozy Barbate, Alemanes and Vejer. Benalup is the ideal base from your cottage in Costa de la Luz for cozy markets to pick, a day at the beach to plan or a day trip full of culture in the old towns to make. At Cap we already have some gems in our offer. How about great outdoor living with an outdoor kitchen and a beautiful view of the valley? In the holiday home with pool El Laguna in Benalup your holiday home in Costa de la Luz can not be broken. Las Adelfas is also a cozy holiday home with pool in Benalup with a lovely private garden. Las Mimosas is a spacious luxurious holiday home with space for the whole family. The view reaches so far that you can even catch a glimpse of Morocco! In La Luz, a spacious holiday home rich in terraces, you can also enjoy how beautiful the view can be in the Costa de la Luz. 


6. Tarifa

Tarifa is located on the southernmost tip of Spain and that creates a unique atmosphere. At about 6 km from the old city centre lies Mirador del Estrecho, a high vantage point from which you have a breathtaking view of the coast of Africa. This vantage point and the high rocks you can see across the water used to be called the Pillars of Hercules. Because the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean here, Tarifa is an excellent place for water sports: the high waves, the blissfully warm climate and strong winds attract windsurfers, kitesurfers and more from everywhere. Another unique attraction in Tarifa, thanks to its location in the middle of the oceans, is the spotting of whales and dolphins on a boat trip. A tip: Book your excursion with one of the local non-profit organizations that protect the beautiful animals so that their habitat is not disturbed. This is a real highlight among the sights on the Costa de la Luz. 

7. Baelo Claudia

Finally we chose one of the most impressive sights of the Costa de la Luz. At 22 km from Tarifa on the bay of Bolonia is Baelo Claudia, an ancient Roman city founded about 2000 years ago. The original fishing town was a prosperous town until a number of earthquakes and a tidal wave caused the town to be abandoned out of decay in the 6th century. You can visit the impressive remains of the Basilica, the forum, the city walls, as many as three aqueducts, the theatre, temples and even an antique factory! On the grounds there is also a museum where you can learn everything about how life used to be here. Admission to the museum is also free for EU residents. If you are taking a day trip from your visit to Baelo Claudia, make sure you take some time to rest at the beach of Bolonia, which is often mentioned as one of the most beautiful beaches of the Costa de la Luz or even of Spain.

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