Wild landscapes, breath-taking beaches, exceptional natural environment, rich history, sophisticated towns, whitewashed villages, culinary delights, fantastic wines …. The Cadiz province should be ranked as one of the places to be visited once in a lifetime.
Located in southern Spain, in the region of Andalusia, its coastline is part of the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light). It is main city is Cadiz, 230km west Málaga airport, the oldest city in Western Europe, founded 3000 years ago by the Phoenicians. To kitesurfers, this region offers the perfect environment to fill non-surfing hours & days, with a leisure and cultural offer that caters the needs of all visitors.
In our blog, we have described the main features that make Tarifa the mecca of kiting. Located where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean meet, Tarifa offers a completely different climate and character to other Andalucian towns. Tarifa is greatly influenced by the Arabic architecture, whose rich heritage can be seen in the town’s narrow and winding streets, as well as the Gothic-Mudejar chapel of Santiago and the Santa María Church. Some of the most famous beaches in Tarifa include Playa Chica, Valdavaqueros and Los Lances, a huge attraction for windsurfers, surfers and kitesurfers around the world.
But, what can kitesurf lovers do in their free time? We hope we can give you some interesting tips for your non-surfing free time.
Costa de la Luz (from Cadiz to Huelva)
Golden sand, long beaches, amazing sunsets, coastal towns … chosen by Phoenicians, Greek, Romans and Arabs for its wonderful climate. A region that has played a main role in the history of Spain – nonetheless some of the places as Moguer and Palos de la Frontera where departure ports for the voyages of Columbus towards America.
Beaches to relax or just get active thanks to the region’s waves and winds. In Cadiz, you shall not miss beaches like Bolonia and Valdequeveros; in Huelva, you will find Matalascañas and Mazagón among other. Costa de La Luz is also the home of Doñana National Park, the most important nature reserve in Spain with a spectacular nature with wetlands, marshlands, and unique wildlife.
Beyond nature, you can enjoy art and history anywhere on this coast. Cadiz welcomes visitors with the beautiful architecture of whitewashed houses, churches and fortifications. The inland of this province is also worth to explore, for instance, it is home to the 19 famous “Pueblos Blancos” (white villages), perched among the mountains and beautifully integrated in the natural landscape.
Next province, Huelva, also bursts with history. Moguer and Palos de la Frontera, Lugares Colombinos and departure ports for Columbus voyages. In May or June, one of the most traditional Spanish festivals take place here; the annual festival and pilgrimage of El Rocío, Spain’s most popular procession to the village of Almonte.
A must if you wish to taste local specialities is to stop at Zahara de los Atunes, between Tarifa and Cape Trafalgar. Famous for its fish restaurants and deserted beaches, Zahara is well known for its Atlantic bluefin tuna and for the delicious prawns and kind prawns, served at the traditional local chiringuitos on the beach. You can also take the opportunity to discover all the different types of sherry from Jerez, the area’s most famous export.
The beautiful beaches are also a place to relax and gaze at the sea from a Bali bed or enjoy sunsets under a jaima. Unspoiled beaches and settings that combine hippie and chic. La Barrosa (in Chiclana) is known for its chill-out spots and DJ sessions. The 14km stretch between Conil de la Frontera and Vejer de la Frontera offers corners to every taste, from little coves to long stretch unspoiled sands with beach clubs and twilights where to enjoy, eat and relax.
Tour of the white villages
Situated in gorgeous natural settings, the “Pueblos Blancos” are picturesque little towns that appear among the mountains like a mirage. Discover its Islamic and Christian past and relax. The province of Cádiz has its own white village route, with 19 stops: Arcos de la Frontera, Bornos, Espera, Villamartín, Algodonales, El Gastor, Olvera, Torre Alháquime, Setenil de las Bodegas, Alcalá del Valle, Prado del Rey, El Bosque, Ubrique, Benaocaz, Villaluenga del Rosario, Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra, Algar and Puerta Serrano. Whitewashed houses hung about with pots of colourful flowers, archaeological sites, castles, little churches and beautiful mountain landscapes.
The trip can take you through fabulous sceneries: Serranía de Ronda, Los Alcornocales Natural Park or Sierra de Grazalema N.P. are areas of great hiking where you can spend the night in the unique hotels and guesthouses.
Discover artisanal goods as leather workshops in Ubrique and try the local cuisine, as the artisanal cheeses, local pastries, dishes like migas or gazpacho, the traditional mollete bread rolls, or organic wine from Ronda.
Doñana National Park
Situated between the provinces of Huelva, Seville and Cadiz, Doñana is one of Europe's most beautiful and important wetlands, a scenery with thousands of birds that is changes from season to season. What makes this national park so special is that in just one day you can see very different ecosystems: marshland, lagoons, pine groves, aloe veras, moving dunes, cliffs, 30 kilometres of unspoiled white beaches...
In Doñana you can see some of the most endangered species on the planet, like the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx. The park is home to more than 230 species of birds that provide breath-taking scenes such as the "pink carpet" that the flamingo colonies create when they feed. Enjoy the natural phenomena of the mobile dunes (some over 30 metres high), which move from the beach and bury all the pine groves in their path. Immerse yourself in all its ecosystems, with an off-road guided tour, bicycle tour, horse riding excursion along the beach at sunset, photography or ornithology course. One particularly special way of getting to know Doñana is to board the tourist boat that cruises up the last section of the Guadalquivir River.
It is here we find the famous white village of El Rocío, a meeting point for hundreds of lay brotherhoods during the procession of El Rocío, one of the most famous and popular in Spain (held between May and June). On 26 June, in a tradition dating back more than 500 years, the Almonte ranchers organise the Saca de Yeguas, rounding up the wild horses grazing in the National Park.
These are just some of the highlights of Cadiz region we think can be perfect options to the après-surf and free time while you are there to learn & practice kitesurfing. Let us know if you’d like to read more about them, we will send you more information.
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