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Costa de la Luz

The Costa de la Luz or the coast of light, stretches from the Portuguese border in the north and ends at Tarifa and the Costa del Sol in the south. It is one of the largest Spanish Costa's, yet remains relatively unknown.

The 2 provinces that make up the Costa de la Luz are Huelva in the north and Cadiz further south. Both of these provinces are within the greater area of Andalucia. Whilst on the subject of cities, this coast also boasts Seville, Jerez and Gibraltar.

So whether you want to experience authentic flamenco in Seville, sip sherry in Jerez or even to take advantage of duty free shopping in Gibraltar the choice is there.

Costa calida beach

Amazing coastline

One of the major selling points of the Costa de la Luz has to be the coastline. We guarantee you have never seen so many empty Spanish beaches, made up of pristine white sand, backed by protected sand dunes and not a high rise in site, nor likely to be.

Costa de la Luz landscape

Natural beauty

Much of this coast is actually protected national parkland and includes the world famous Donana National Park and the Parque Natural Los Alcornocales which covers over 42,000 acres. There are also many protected marine parks.

Costa de la Luz white village

Pueblos blancos

Another wonderful aspect of this area, are the famous ancient moorish white washed towns, such as Vejer de la Frontera and Medina Sidonia as well as the fascinating Pueblos Blancos or white villages that dot the Andalucian countryside, where time seems to have stood still.

Jerez de la Frontera

The home of sherry is a beautiful and elegant city, boasting vast, atmospheric bodegas (wine cellars), stunning monumental buildings, smart shopping streets and narrow cobbled lanes.

It's also world-famous for horses - the dancing white Carthusians are bred here, the Royal Andalusian Equestrian School has its home in the city and Jerez hosts a magnificent spring festival with horses as the focal point.

Costa de la Luz Flamenco

Then there's flamenco. Jerez considers itself the cradle of this very Andalusian art form and aficionados come from all over the world to learn or just to experience the spectacle of flamenco at its finest.

The city also enjoys a great tradition of bullfighting, but Jerez is far more than just these fundamental tenets of Spanish life: It's a thriving commercial centre, a marvellous base for exploring everything from the white hill towns to the long beaches of the Costa de la Luz and, quite simply, a wonderful place for relaxing, eating good food, drinking outstanding wine and taking in all that this enticing region has to offer.

Costa de la Luz Cathedral

activitiesGetting there

Jerez is excellently located on the western side of Cádiz province. Apart from its own international airport, which has daily connections with Stansted, the city is 45 minutes from Seville and under an hour from Gibraltar - both of which have daily connections to Britain. Road connections are excellent, with the main north-south motorway from Cádiz towards northern spain via Seville running past the city and another new motorway connecting Jerez with Gibraltar and the western end of the Costa del Sol. To the east, work is well underway on the motorway which will eventually connect the city with Antequera and its connections with every major area of Andalucía.

Costa de la Luz Jerez

activitiesThings to do

A bodega visit is a must, providing an insight into the way this wonderful drink is made and its importance to the economic life of the city - and many have post-tour tastings thrown in. Tours have to be booked in advance. Details from the city council's excellent website: www.turismojerez.com

Costa de la Luz Bodega

Costa de la Luz Horse

Horses are almost as important to jerezanos as sherry, and a visit to one of the regular shows at the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre (Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) won't disappoint. You'll believe a horse can fly - and can turn on a €1 coin! www.realescuela.org

Costa de la Luz guitar

Flamenco in Jerez is less commercialised than in some of the region's largest cities. One of the flamenco world's biggest festivals takes place in the early months of every year, and the autumn festival is also a big flamenco event.

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