Costa de la Luz Summer

Playa de La Fontanilla, Conil de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Spain.

In Spain, summertime is beach time. The Atlantic coast in the south, the Costa de la Luz, is a little different from other, more developed vacation destinations. Much of its 300 kilometers of coastline lacks a fully developed tourist infrastructure – the trade-off if unspoiled, uncrowded beaches are high on your priority list.

Stretching from the Guadiana River on the border with Portugal to the Straits of Gibraltar, the Costa de la Luz offers beaches to suit all tastes. If you prefer to have access to the usual amenities, Chiclana’s popular La Barrosa or Conil’s La Fontanilla and Los Batales beaches offer a reasonable infrastructure of beach bars, restaurants, and hotels. If you are in favor of a more secluded setting, the beach of Bolonia may be just what you are looking for.

Kitesurfing Capital of Europe

The town of Tarifa is known as the kitesurfing capital of Europe. Due to its location on the Strait of Gibraltar, the area is subject to strong Levante winds. Surrounded on both sides by high terrain, the strait forms a sort of funnel that accelerates the wind as it passes through (Venturi effect). The area is home to a wide variety of laid-back surf spots, such as the popular Tumbao beach bar on Playa de Valdevaqueros.

Playa de Castilnovo, Conil de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Spain.