There are activities for all the family and for all ages on the Costa de la Luz!


Whale Watching

From April to Oc­to­ber you can join the firmm re­searchers. Dur­ing the 2-hour boat trips you can watch var­i­ous species of whales and dol­phins. In the week-long ob­ser­va­tion courses you will find out more about the fas­ci­nat­ing an­i­mals and the Strait of Gibral­tar.



Peo­ple come from all over the world to en­joy the wa­ters­ports on the Costa de la Luz. The wind and the waves pro­vide the per­fect con­di­tions. El Pal­mar, where Villa Parra is sit­u­ated, is ex­cel­lent for surf­ing. For kite­board­ing, head for Cape Trafal­gar and Caños de Meca dur­ing a Poniente (west­erly wind) and Conil de la Fron­tera dur­ing a Lev­ante (east­erly). In Conil there are train­ing schools and kitesurf­ing shops sup­ply­ing the gear. The Conil stretch of coast is less crowded with wind­surfers and kitesurfers than down at Tar­ifa.


Walks and hikes

The Par­que Nat­ural de la Breña and Maris­mas del Bar­bate near Cape Trafal­gar in­cludes five pro­tected ecosys­tems: ma­rine, dune, pine, marsh and cliff. Along the pine clad cliffs which rise 100 m at the Tajo de Bar­bate, there are routes for walk­ers and hik­ers of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar views over the Strait of Gibral­tar. Rose­mary and laven­der are just two of the scents you will en­counter. The tourist of­fice in Bar­bate has de­tails.

An­other well doc­u­mented area is the nat­ural park Al­cornocales, rich in flora and fauna. The cork oaks from which the park takes its name, have their bark stripped every seven years re­veal­ing a vel­vety cop­per coloured trunk. White poplar, my­tle, ash and alder and Mediter­ranean shrubs pro­vide shel­ter for the mon­goose, ot­ter and wild­cat. There is a vis­i­tor cen­tre at Al­calá de los Gazules.



One of the plea­sures of a hol­i­day is to visit the mar­kets and try out the lo­cal food. On the Costa de la Luz, seafood is the spe­cial­ity, and in the Cádiz mar­ket and at Puerto de Santa María, you will be spoiled for choice. Buy veg­eta­bles and fruit grown in the mar­ket gar­dens nearby - plump peaches and squashy figs, lus­cious straw­ber­ries and or­anges, gi­ant toma­toes and pep­pers. Try the wines from the re­gion, es­pe­cially fino and man­zanilla sherry. Seville is a shop­ping mecca. The main shop­ping area is the square be­tween Plazas Nueva, Mag­dalena, En­car­na­cion and San Fran­ci­sco, with Calle Sier­pes at its heart. In The clothes and dec­o­ra­tion shops are styl­ish and chic. Seville is fa­mous for dec­o­rated tiles and glazed ce­ram­ics, ter­ra­cotta pots and leather goods and look out for craft prod­ucts to give as gifts.



Moun­tain bik­ers will find plenty of trails on flat dirt tracks through this beau­ti­ful and wild coun­try­side. This is a great way to ex­plore, rid­ing through the cork oak forests, on tracks through the dunes, past the mead­ows of wild flow­ers and fields ablaze with sun­flow­ers. Rent a bike in Conil and then ex­plore lo­cally or head for La Brena nat­ural park near Cape Trafal­gar. Here there are more dif­fi­cult moun­tain tracks too.


Horse riding

What could be bet­ter than rid­ing along miles of golden sand to the rhythm of the waves or trek in­land and go through the pine forests into open coun­try­side. There are rid­ing schools and sta­bles in Conil where you can hire horses to make this dream a re­al­ity. Mon­ten­medio, near Ve­jer de la Fron­tera has be­come a cen­tre for in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions in dres­sage, horse jump­ing, cross-coun­try, rodeo, har­ness­ing and 3-day event­ing. Here you can also learn to ride and at­tend clin­ics at all lev­els.



The bird mi­gra­tion passes from Africa to Eu­rope over the Strait of Gibral­tar pass­ing over the Costa de la Luz from Gibral­tar to Huelva in spring and in au­tumn. This is the time for or­nithol­o­gists to come to hol­i­day ren­tal Villa Mar, Villa Luz or Villa Parra to see the night­jars and owls, bee eaters, swifts and Grif­fon vul­tures.

A trip to Eu­rope's largest na­ture re­serve Coto Doñana is a day well spent but you need to book ahead - you will be dri­ven around in a Uni­mog type ve­hi­cle to see the wild life. The ter­rain is largely wet­land, marshes, where more than 250 dif­fer­ent bird species have been recorded. Late Feb­ru­ary and mid May are the best times for bird watc­hing. The Par­que Nat­ural Al­cornocales and the Par­que Nat­ural de la Breña are other ar­eas of in­ter­est to na­ture lovers.


Adventure sports

There are ad­ven­ture sports on the Costa de la Luz to pro­vide adren­a­line fixes in all shapes and forms. At El Helechal, Bolo­nia, hone your rock climb­ing skills and cling onto the boul­ders for dear life - this is boul­der ma­nia. The hills in the San Bar­tolo area of­fer over 250 routes from 10 to 80 me­tres. Bar­ran­quismo or canyoneer­ing is an­other ex­treme sport - here you go down canyons and ravines. Learn scuba div­ing in Tar­ifa. Al­ways at­ten­tive of the wind fore­cast, ex­pe­rienced paraglid­ers fly up and down the beaches for a bird's eye view. The Mon­ten­medio Coun­try Club has a pro­gramme of multi-ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties: try the 4x4 ex­cur­sions or go out on a quad bike over the dunes. Prac­tice your skills of climb­ing, ab­seil­ing and zi­plin­ing. You can go hunt­ing on the es­tate, or try your hand at archery.



When it comes to find­ing a golf course in this area of the Costa de la Luz, you are spoiled for choice. With a lot of com­pe­ti­tion, prices tend to be more rea­son­able than on the Costa del Sol.

Near­est to Villa Mar and Villa Parra, not far from Ve­jer de la Fron­tera there is Mon­ten­medio Golf and Coun­try Club, con­sid­ered one of the most beau­ti­ful golf courses in Spain. Close by is Be­nalup Golf Club. Each are 18 hole courses. North­wards at Chi­clana de la Fron­tera/Santi Petri the 18-hole golf courses Club de Golf Cam­pano, Santi Petri Hills Golf and La Es­tancia Golf are highly rec­om­mended and Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club (54 holes).

The Mon­te­castillo course at Jerez de la Fron­tera is par­ti­c­u­larly fine, hav­ing hosted the Volvo Mas­ters cham­pionship on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.