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Welcome to the Costa de la Luz!

Costa de la Luz

The "Costa de la Luz" (Cadiz) is the western part of the Andalucian coastline that streches from the river 'Guadalquivir' to Tarifa at the mouth of the Meditarranean Sea. The "Costa de la Luz" or "Coast of Light" thanks her name to the bright sunlight that reflects on the ocean and the white sandy beaches. The most famous villages along the coast are El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz (oldest city of Europe), Chiclana, Roche, Conil, Vejer, El Palmar, Caños de Meca, Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes and Tarifa. 

THE SURF

This wave rich wonderland hidden between the coastlines of Southern Portugal and Northern Morroco, hosts several high quality beachbreaks and a few excellent point en reef breaks. The mild winter temperatures, 3000 hours of sunshine a year and good waves, make the "Costa de la Luz" one of Europe's finest surfing destinations. The most consistent period runs from October till March, when big storms in the Atlantic provide long and powerfull walls up to 3m. From April till September the waves tend to get smaller, wich makes it perfect for beginners and intermediate surfers. The most famous surf spots are the beachbreak of 'El Palmar', the reef breaks of 'Caños de Meca' and the mystical point break of 'Yerbabuena'! 

THE CLIMATE

Andalucia has a hot Mediterranean climate with lots of sunshine and very little rain. In the summer months (July, August and September) the air temperature usually stays between 25ºC and 32ºC, in the winter months (December, January & February) it is cooler (around 15 ºC) and in the spring and autumn the temperature stays around 20ºC. The best time to visit the "Costa the la Luz" are Spring and Autumn, when it is already nice and warm, but still not too hot. 

OTHER ACTIVITIES

The "Costa de la Luz" is a very unique place to practice outdoor sports. Tarifa is the Mecca of windsurfing and kitesurfing with good winds almost everyday. La Isla de las Palomas in Tarifa and the Gulf of Cadiz are (due to its cristaline waters and authentic underwater treasures) the perfect location for diving. The Natural Park of la Breña o Marismas in Barbate is a good place to go hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking and in the Strait of Gibraltar (one of the most important migration routes for cetaceans in the world) you can go spot whales and dolphins that come to the surface.