The Costa de la Luz Spanish Holiday Destinations 

The Costa de la Luz is situated between Tarifa and Cadiz in the Atlantic province of Cadiz Here you will find white sandy beaches without the visits of massive tourism.


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Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water.  Named Gadir by the Phoencians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port.



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The Cadiz area has around 250km of coast and the beaches are simply superb; the coast is covered in bright white sand. Worth keeping in mind are the number of naturist beaches dotted around, for example the south of the beach in El Palmar.

Holiday vacation on the stunning, sunny Costa de la Luz, Cadiz

The Costa de la Luz is situated between Tarifa and Cadiz in the Atlantic province of Cadiz:
Here you will find white sandy beaches without the visits of massive tourism. (August apart.)
Along the beaches you will find the following places:
Tarifa:- a cosmopolitan town and a windsurfer's paradise, From the port of Tarifa one can take the hydrofoil to Tangers or take a trip to sightsee dolphins and whales.
Barbate: wedged between the sea and a natural park of Umbrella Pines. This is a fishing village having a tunafishing port and modern marina;
Caños de Meca, and Zahora, with their quiet, unspoilt beaches where you can take long walks, still in the lap of the charming, natural, pinewood park!
El Palmar beach is very popular with families, fishermen and surfers alike.
The beaches in summer offer the very popular beach bars which all compete in aesthetics and general appeal. Besides the usual fishing tecniques there are those who searh for octopus and shrimps among the rocks, and cockles in the retreating tides.


Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water.  Named Gadir by the Phoencians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port.

 It sank into oblivion under the visigoths and Moors, but attained great splendour in the early 16th century as a launching point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America.  Cadiz was later raided by Sir Francis Drake, in the struggle to gain control of trade with the New World, and managed to withstand a seige by Napoleon's army.  In the early 19th century Cadiz became the bastion of Spain's anti-monarchist, liberal movement, as a result of which the country's first Constitution was declared here in 1812.

 Some of the city's 18th century walls still stand, such as the Landward Gate.  The old, central quarter of Cadiz is famous for its picturesque charm, and many of the buildings reflect the city's overseas links.  Worth a visit are the city's Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri, which is famous throughout Spain as the place where, in defiance of Napoleon's seige, the provisional government was set up with its own liberal Constitution.  Other points of interest are La Santa Cueva, home to several paintings by Goya, and stately mansions such as the Casa del Almirante and Casa de las Cadenas.

 The old city looks quite Moorish in appearance and is intriguing with narrow cobbled streets opening onto small squares.  The golden cupola of the cathedral looms high above long white houses and the whole place has a slightly dilapidated air.  It just takes an hour to walk around the headlands where you can visit the entire old town and pass through some lovely parks with sweeping views of the bay.

 Unlike most other ports of its size it seems immediately relaxed and easy going, not at all threatening, even at night.  Perhaps this is due to its reassuring shape and size, the presence of the sea making it impossible to get lost for more than a few blocks.  It also owes much to the town's tradition of liberalism and tolerance which was maintained all through the years of Franco's dictatorship, despite this being one of the first cities to fall to his forces and was the port through which the Republican armies launched their invasion.


Cadiz is thought by some to be the oldest city in Europe, founded in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians who called it Gadir and traded Baltic amber and British tin, as well as Spanish silver.  The city subsequently became a naval base for the romans before fading into obscurity until 1262 when it was taken from the Muslims by Alfonso X.

 The real boom period was with the discovery of America as Columbus sailed from this port on his second and fourth voyages.  Much later the city enjoyed a golden age during the 18th century when it enjoyed 75% of Spanish trade with America.  From this time it grew into one of the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities in Spain and most of the city's fine buildings date from this time.


Cathedral Nueva

A grandiose structure capped by a dome of golden tiles was described by Richard Ford as "a stranded wreck on a quicksand."  This 18th Century Baroque Cathedral gets few visitors.  This is a welcome change after the hordes of visitors in places such as Seville, so you have the cathedral experience, as it should be - in silence.  A highlight is the lower floor.  If you stand in the middle of the circular basement and make a noise the echo effect it produces is truly wonderful.

 An impressive collection of church treasures can be viewed and in the crypt lies the tomb of composer Manuel de Falla, a Cadiz native, whose music is evocative of the magic of Andalucia.  The best external view of the cathedral is to walk along the sea front behind it so you can observe the golden dome.

 Oratorio De Santa Cruz

This church is divided into two very distinct parts:  the gloomily simplistic oval 18th century chapel with only a crucifixion sculpture, and the contrasting upper floor, elegantly decorated and containing some fine Goya paintings depicting the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, the guest at the Wedding and the Last Supper.  An excellent free guide is given upon entry.

 Cadiz Carnival

Cadiz is home to mainland Spain's premier carnival.  In fact, numerous groups and associations throughout the city - along with the city hall, of course - spend the entire year preparing for the next carnival.  Such dedication does, therefore, deserve more than just a weekend of festivities, which is why this most ancient of European cities keeps the celebration going for at least a good 10 days.

 Music is King

Newcomers to the Cadiz carnival will probably first notice the elaborate costumes which are on par with those of any great festival of this nature.  However, music is possibly the most outstanding feature at this particular marathon event with locals working hard throughout the year to develop their acts and perfect their performances.  Many will be competing at the City's Gran Teatro Falla.

 Occupying a tiny peninsula on the south coast of Spain, Cadiz is a beautiful old city that is well worth a visit.  The old town is in the tip of the peninsula and is buzzing with beautiful plazas that are constantly full of life.  To get here, you must pass through the new town, an elegant metropolis with excellent beaches.


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