Costa de la Luz
La Caleta beach in Cadiz. Cadiz
Doñana National Park. Huelva
Sunset in Doñana. Huelva
Shrine of the Virgin del Rocío. Huelva
Pilgrimage of El Rocío
Horse racing on the beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Cadiz
Punta Umbría beach. Huelva
It means sunshine and blue skies. Long beaches of fine blond sand bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. It means traditional cuisine. Culture, fiestas, pilgrimages, protected nature areas, water sports, golf… This is the Costa de la Luz, and it stretches along the coastlines of Cadiz and Huelva in southern Andalusia.
Combine its 3000 hours of sunshine a year and its role as home to the famous pilgrimage of El Rocío (between May and June) and the riotous Cadiz carnival (in February). Think that the southern part is a paradise for windsurfing and that you'll be able to see the Doñana National Park, declared a part of our world heritage by the UNESCO. And note that the highlights of its gastronomy include Iberian cured ham, typical fried fresh fish, its shellfish and its wines. It's definitely something not to be missed.
Its wide variety of beaches include everything from practically unspoilt paradises frequented by windsurfers around the areas of Conil, Barbate and Tarifa, to family beaches and beaches near the city in places like Cadiz and Chiclana. The beach of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, opposite the Doñana National Park, is the venue in August for the traditional horse races along the beach, declared a festivity of international tourist interest.
Here you'll find more than 120 kilometres of beach where you can take some spectacular photographs of the Andalusian coastline and its broad stretches of sand dunes and pine forests reaching down to the seashore. Some of the best-known beaches are those of Mazagón (in Palos de la Frontera), Matalascañas (in Almonte, and extending into the Doñana National Park) and the protected area of El Rompido and its undeveloped beach (in Cartaya), among many others.
Check our map of tourist destinations.