Costa de la Luz

Costa de la Luz borders the coastlines of Huelva and Cadiz along the south-western coast of Spain. In comparison with some of Spain's other coasts such as the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca (which back into the Mediterranean sea), Costa de la Luz has only recently been discovered by the tourist market and therefore remains relatively quiet for most of the year compared to other coasts in Spain. Development to cope with its growing popularity is ongoing yet the coast still manages to preserve the majority of its traditional splendour. Even in summer, when temperatures can reach up to 30 degrees, the majority of holidaymakers are Spanish, travelling from Seville, Huelva and other cities close by or tourists taking daytrips. The coast stretches from the border with Lisbon, Portugal up to the windsurfing capital of Tarifa and encompasses long stretches of white, sandy beaches, national parks and traditional Spanish towns; in fact you could say that the Costa de la Luz (literally translated as 'Coast of light') is one of the more 'Spanish' of Spain's coasts.

Due to its location in the south-west and bordering the Atlantic, the Costa de la Luz is a hotspot for windsurfers and kite surfers along with other water sport enthusiasts. Golf is also a favourite pastime here.

Andalucía is famous for its unique mixture of Moorish and traditional Spanish architecture and culture and this is clearly noticeable wherever you are in the region. Seville, Cadiz and (further inland) the city of Córdoba are a bus ride away from the coastline allowing visitors to experience both the relaxing seaside Spanish lifestyle as well as the hustle and bustle of the city.

Here is a small collection of the more well-known beaches as well as those quieter, hidden gems:

Beach resorts:

  • Isla Canela: Known mainly for its beaches and golf, Isla Canela is the perfect getaway for sun seekers and explorers alike. So-called due to its island-like layout yet still attached to the Costa de la Luz, Isla Canela is a stone's throw away from the Portuguese Algarve however is yet to be overwhelmed by the typical tourist crowds.
  • Islantilla: Awarded the blue flag, Islantilla beach is a wide stretch of golden sand on the coast of Huelva. Just off the shore is a large square bordered by pavement cafés and bars.
  • Isla Cristina: The Isla Cristina is particularly popular amongst Spanish holidaymakers meaning it isn't yet overrun by the usual crowds of tourists. An expanse of golden sand and clear blue waters, the Isla is the perfect relaxation spot and is also popular amongst windsurfers.


  • Punta Umbría: One of the best beaches in the area for water sports and windsurfing Punta Umbría is well-equipped for visitors wanting to spend a whole day at the beach and attracts both adventurers and sunbathers alike.
  • La victoria: A wide, extensive golden sandy beach which runs the length of the town in the Cadiz area. The promenade is the perfect example of what is expected of the southern coastline of Spain and has bars, cafés and restaurants dotted alongside making it an idyllic visitor destination.

Often overshadowed by its more famous neighbouring coasts, the Costa de la Luz is definitely worth a visit before it is discovered by the tourist crowds. And with its crystal blue waters and endless sandy beaches, we know it won't be long until they do!