Art, music and visits at sunset along the Cadiz coast
Conil Beach. Cádiz
Sunset in Conil. Cádiz. By José Lojo
Watch the spectacle from the beach, Santa Catalina castle, from the salt marshes or on the island of Sancti Petri Sunset sail In Chiclana, a boat sets sail every evening to watch the sun set behind the silhouette of Santi Petri island, from 1 June to 30 September. The "Pepa Cádiz" leaves the port, sails through the Bahia de Cádiz natural park and stops in front of the island where legend has it Hercules had his temple. The Pepa Cádiz stops near the island and the entranced passengers watch the sun slide down over the silhouette of the castle. Not even the best photographer can capture the blue rays scattered over the Atlantic and the blaze of the setting sun turns into reds and oranges, with even hints or purple and pink. This phenomenon is known as the Rayleigh effect, but it is impossible to put into words the emotion you feel as you watch this twilight on the stretch of water. The Pepa Cádiz sets sail at 9 p.m. every Saturday in June and every day expect Tuesdays in July. The boat leaves at 8.30 p.m. in August and at 8.00 p.m in early September as the nights draw in. From mid-September onwards, the trip starts at 7.30 p.m. and only on Saturdays. The trip through this maritime natural park always lasts 75 minutes and the price ranges between €12 for adults and €6 for children aged 6 to 12. Adults have in Albarco a very special trip, the "Sea Sunset Chillout" route, of two hours. A experience to enjoy the sunset from the sea in a catamaran around the walls of the city with unforgettable views, music and a free bar of sangria, ending the tour in the considered by many as one of the best urban beaches in Europe, the Victoria beach. The price is 19 €. www.albarco.com Salty dusks The salt marshes are at their best until the first rains and are bathed in a multi-hue of colours at dusk. It is harvest time and the trip takes you through a landscape dotted with salt mountains. One good option is to go to Sanlúcar de Barrameda along the Bonanza-Monte Algaida road to discover how the sun sets among the salt marshes and breathe in the sea air. At 7.00 p.m. every Thursday from June to September, Compuertas organises a two-hour visit to the Proasal salt marshes: Adults €8 and children over 6 €6. www.compuertas.es The sun that sets between two seas Cadiz province has 3,000 hours of sun and 330 sunny days a year, along with 260 kilometres of coastline from where to watch it set in its two seas, in the Mediterranean or in the Atlantic. Some of the best places to watch the sunset are the Punta Camarinal lighthouse in Zahara de los Atunes, the Trafalgar lighthouse in Caños de Meca or the Roche coves between Conil and Chiclana de la Frontera. There are marvellous views of the setting sun from the tops of cliffs looming over the coves and to the lighthouse at Conil's fishing harbour. Sanlúcar de Barrameda is an excellent spot to watch the sun set between the Doñana National Park, on the other side of the Guadalquivir estuary, the great river of Andalusia, as it name from Arabic indicates.