We drove along the southern area of the Costa de la Luz today, exploring some of the wonderful beaches along the way. Our first port of call was at Zahara de los Atunes, an ancient fishing village long involved in the catching of tuna – now an industry in decline. The town is showing signs of development with various resorts, good tapas bars, hospitable locals and a fabulous 8 kilometre beach.
We took the direction of Atlanterra another hamlet seized upon by developers and then a few kilometres further along is the wonderful beach of Playa Carmarinal. This coastline is absolutely super for beaches and not over-developed with holiday resorts, yet!
Tony looks a midget in the lifeguard chair!
We continued our journey passing more wind farms and cactus hedges. The landscape here is so green and fertile, lots of spring flowers, yet so close to the sea.
We stopped for lunch just outside Barbate amongst a pine forest overlooking one of the beaches at Barbate. The sun was shining so took a walk with our chairs in the hope of finding somewhere sheltered to read a book or watch the surfers. The wind is just too cold at the moment to sit anywhere outside for too long so we carried on heading north.
We passed the Cabo de Trafalgar lighthouse and through Los Canos de Meca, another long beautiful beach and headed for the hills and the classically white Moorish-looking hilltown of Vejer de la Frontera. Until relatively recent times the women of Vejer wore long, dark cloaks that veiled their faces like nuns’ habits, this custom is now virtually extinct outside fiestas.
Unfortunately, my camera and my i-touch ran out of charge whilst walking around Vejer de la Frontera but I did manage to take a few photos!
We have learnt that it is probably better to visit the towns in the morning rather than, as we seem to do, during siesta! The streets are very quiet and feel deserted, which is great for walking around but not great for experiencing the right atmosphere and any interesting sites are also generally closed during siesta.
We headed back to the coast and called in at El Palmar, which can only be described as a beach bum hang out, although again a lovely beach and great for all the surfing dudes! Had a good feel about it though so don’t be put off by my description!
We are now camped just outside Conil de la Frontera, at Cabo Roche and will explore this area tomorrow, which I think promises to include even more wonderful beaches.
Although the weather is sunny the wind is chilly but we are now on the Atlantic coast and it is only early March, however the forecast for Cadiz, Seville and Cordoba for the next 4 days is up to 22 degrees with bright sunshine. Maybe we can take our jumpers off!