Within an hour or so´s drive of Alcalá you can reach all the Costa de la Luz beaches that fall within the Province of Cádiz:
Sanlúcar de la Barrameda's beach is on the mouth of the Rio Guadalquivir, one of Spain´s longest rivers and the border between the Provinces of Cádiz and Huelva. Its waterfront restaurants are famous for langostinos and the driest of all dry sherries, manzanilla - a combination almost as magical as eggs and bacon. You can take a boat-ride up the river and set foot (albeit briefly) in Doñana Parque Natural, one of Europe´s most important nature reserves. There is horseracing on the beach in August.
|RIVERBOAT TRIP FROM SANÚUCAR INTO COTO DOÑANA|
|THE LIGHTHOUSE AT CHIPIONA|
|THE WEST BEACH AT ROTA|
|A STROLL ALONG THE PROM - VALDELAGRANA IN SEPTEMBER|
Cádiz A short ferry hop across the bay from El Puerto, the oldest city in Europe sits proudly on a peninsular joined to mainland Spain by two threads - a bridge to the industrial port of Puerto Real, and a causeway across the bay to the naval town of San Fernando. La Caleta is a small, crowded beach in the old town, with a nocturnal party scene in the summer months. On the Antlantic side of the peninsular is the Playa Victoria, with its big luxury hotels.
|LA CALETA BEACH IN CADIZ OLD TOWN|
Chiclana de la Frontera Sancti Petri is an abandoned fishing village located at the northern end of the Playa de la Barrosa. It adjoins the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park and has a sheltered, rocky beach, facing a small island of the same name (boat trips to the island are available in summer). Sancti Petri was used by General Franco and his entourage as their holiday retreat. The fishermen were forced out of their homes and when Franco died, the place fell into ruin. It is now being renovated in a fairly low key fashion, with a fishing port and marina, sailing and windsurfing schools, and a few bars and restaurants.
|SANCTI PETRI ISLAND, CHICLANA|
|LA BARROSA ON CHRISTMAS DAY|
|COVE ("CALA") BETWEEN ROCHE AND CONIL HARBOUR|
|SUN, SEA AND SAND AT EL PALMAR|
|CAPE TRAFALGAR SEEN FROM CAÑOS DE MECA|
|PLAYA HIERBABUENA'S CLIFFS AND PINE TREES|
Zahara de los Atunes Southeast of Barbate the coast is fairly wild and inaccessible - much of it reserved for the military - until you reach the fishing village of "Zahara of the tuna-fish". Zahara's undoubted charms have made it almost too popular, and it is now almost completely dominated by hotels, hostels and tourist restaurants.
|ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES|
|PLAYA DE BOLONIA FROM THE TOP OF THE DUNE|
(those little dots on the left of the beach are people!)
|TARIFA'S PLAYA CHICA IN EARLY SUMMER|