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Sandwiched between Portugal's Algarve and the Costa del Sol, it is possible you've never heard of the Costa de la Luz. Is this the plain bit of coastline between two spectacular bits? Not at all! This is the bit the locals have been keeping to themselves. Probably because it's peaceful and beautiful and operates on slow time which not all international visitors can appreciate. For these reasons the best places to stay in the Costa de la Luz may not have registered on your radar yet.
This is a landscape of wide, sandy beaches rolling into dunes and pine forests. Atop the hills are the pueblo blancos - the whitewashed towns dating back from a time when Moorish culture thrived here. As well as the sand and the towns, the light here is white too and the wind is romantically unpredictable and powerful.
Drive down in July and you'll see row upon row of cars with Spanish number plates packed to the gills heading for the Costa de la Luz. But if you visit in September you'll be one of the few cherished end of season guests and get all the pleasure with less scorching temperatures.
What not to miss:
- As the 'windsurfing capital of Europe' it would be rude to not to give this a try.
- Spend lazy days on the large swathes of white sand beaches.
- Explore La Rábida, the monastery from which Columbus set sail on his 1492 journey to America.
- Spot indigenous and migratory birds in Coto Doñana National Park.
- Spend a day in the largely untouristy Tarifa and discover its North African influences.
With so much on offer many of the best places to stay in the Cost de la Luz are quickly snapped up so plan ahead and book early.
The best places to stay in the Costa de la Luz
On the furthest tip of Spain, Tarifa is the gateway to the Costa de La Luz and Andalusia's last stop before Morocco. If you want to experience the North African influences of the region this is one of the best places to stay in the Costa de la Luz. From the Moroccan fusion food to the architecture to the wind itself.
One of the best things about this whitewashed, laid back Andalusian town is that it's been largely overlooked by the mass tourism inflicted on nearby Costa del Sol and much of Tarifa's adjacent coastline. The pristine beaches along the coast are protected.
- If you want to stay within the walls of a historic old town, one of the best places to stay is Dar Cilla. These self catering apartments grouped around a single courtyard are also perfect for families or groups. They all have their own entrances and access to the roof terrace and decorated in individualised North African decor.
- La Sacristia is ideal if you're looking for reasonably priced elegance. The rooms are simple, but luxurious and the courtyard an excellent place to breakfast and relax. It's also considered a good option for kitesurfers.
- Book the Hotel Hurricane if you want to be right on the beach. On a clear day you can see Africa from the pool which is set in lush sub-tropical gardens. The location also makes for easy access to sporting activities like sailing, riding, golf and surfing.
- Misiana is a chic little hotel in the historic centre of Tarifa. Creamy rooms with light wood floors and lots of natural light. There are fantastic sea views from the rooftop and a good restaurant.
- One of the liveliest and most sporting spots in Tarifa Beach Hotel Arte Vida is a funky hotel on the beach front with a surf club, nightly DJ and charming rooms.
Zahara de los Atunes
This small white town was once a tuna fishing hub but now more famous for soft white sands and winds which can really get going.
This is a great destination if seafood is your thing.
- The Hotel Gran Sol is a classic beach resort boasting an enviable location with sunny white washed rooms with large windows and private balconies.
Cadiz is an old prince, now in his fourth millennia, and thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe. The historic heart of town is almost completely surrounded by water and the Atlantic crashes gustily at the crumbling sea wall.
There's plenty of energy in the locals who are known for their ironic Carnival and cheerful flamenco songs. There's plenty to see and do here for people who appreciate history or like shelter from the midday sun in cool churches.
- The Hotel Argantonio is the hotel we'd choose if you want to be in the heart of old Cadiz. The decor feels more like Havana than Andalusia and that's part of the pleasure. Each room reflects a different part of the city's impressive history.
- Casa Francisco el de Siempre is located just a few minutes from the sea in the coastal town of El Palmar. It offers unfussy accommodation with a flat-screen TVs and some have a terrace that is practically on the beach!
- Find lots of natural light shining through beautiful balconies and flag stoned courtyards in this relaxed hotel in the old town of Vejer de la Frontera. Siete Balcones is a chic and, unexpectedly, cheap destination for a romantic get-away or beach holiday.
- Dar Cilla are individually furnished self-catering apartments on the outskirts of the old town of Tarifa with a shared roof terrace and magnificent views across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco.
- Hotel el Escondite del Viento is a funky design hotel with colourful rooms in the Old Town of hip and happening Tarifa. Light rooms have large windows, high ceilings and modern bathrooms.
- A renovated farmhouse turned luxury small hotel, perfectly placed for a fiesta of activities from golf to art classes. Casa la Siesta is set in acres of grounds with unspoilt views, it is the perfect place for a couple to snooze by the pool and dine on delicious fresh local produce in the evenings.
Vejer de la Frontera
Vejer's beauty is apparent on the drive up to the town. As you enter you'll be charmed by the winding, narrow streets and the Moorish influence to the architecture, which makes the place feel exotic and other worldly.
Many of the streets here are too narrow for cars, so it's peaceful out and about in the squares for appreciating the excellent food and wine.
- Beautifully decorated in a stunning setting, the Hotel V is one of the best places to stay in the Costa de la Luz if you're looking for luxury. There are original features to appreciate, a roof terrace jacuzzi to relax in, and on a good day, views all the way to Morocco.
- Hotel Sindhura is a simple, modern hotel with traditional architecture. Good value and set in open fields with magnificent panoramic ocean views. There's easy access to endless sun kissed beaches and plenty to keep the active entertained.
- La Casa del Califa is a small charming hotel with a strong Moorish influence in the heart of Medieval Vejer de la Frontera.
El Rocio is the venue for one of the world's most unusual pilgrimages - a pilgrimage to the Wild West to commemorate the discovery of an effigy of the Virgin Mary here in the 13th Century. It looks like the set of a western, but apparently El Rocio exported many cowboy cliches to Texas and not the other way round.
There are still as many horses on the roads as cars and plenty of the houses, with their wide brimmed verandahs, still have a hitching post.
- Close to the National Park, Posada de Palacio is one to book if you're coming for birdwatching. But it's also our recommendation if you're interested in visiting the region's sherry bodegas. Decorated with antiques and curios collected by the owners, this places is rambling and quirky in a wonderfully Andalusian way.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
- The Posada de Palacio is a rambling and quirky Andalucian pousada full of collected antiques and curios. Tiled courtyards, large reception rooms, white-washed walls, airy and spacious wooden-beamed bedrooms.
For an apartment or villa
- If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.
- Fly to Seville Airport, the closest to Costa de la Luz, and all towns are within driving distance. The airport at Jerez de la Frontera is less than 30km from Cádiz.
- Best time to visit - Situated on Spain's most southerly tip, the Costa de la Luz is warm, yet windy all year round. Go in autumn when it is less humid.
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.
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Best Hotels in Costa de La Luz
Casa Francisco el de Siempre 12 rooms from $63Cádiz, Costa de La Luz
Casa Francisco el de Siempre is located just a few minutes from the sea in the coastal town of El Palmar. It offers unfussy accommodation with a flat-screen TVs and some come with a terrace that is practically on the beach! Ideal for families with a great restaurant and top location.Beach Life - Casa Francisco el de Siempre is just 80 feet from Playa del Palmar, enjoy long days lounging on the shore or swimming in the seaFoodies - You'll love their on site restaurant which specialises in a range of seafood dishesGreat walks - Wander along the coast at sunset and take in the incredible viewsSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Posada de Palacio, Sanlúcar de Barrameda 34 rooms from $69Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Costa de La Luz
Rambling and quirky Andalucian pousada full of collected antiques and curios. Tiled courtyards, large reception rooms, white-washed walls, airy and spacious wooden-beamed bedrooms. A characterful spot with a large sun terrace and proximity to the beach.Value chic - Set in an beautiful 18th-century palace, with lovely Andalusian-style courtyars and only minutes from the beach.Local markets - Visit the local food market Mercado de Abastos, a colourful and fascinating sight.Sights nearby - Just a few minutes walk from the Castillo de Santiago, well worth checking out.Romantic - Good for couples.
Misiana 15 rooms from $74Tarifa
A chic little hotel in the historic centre of Tarifa. Creamy rooms with light wood floors and lots of natural light. Fantastic sea views from the rooftop and a good restaurant. Great value, ideal for a sporty beach holiday.Beach LifeViews - Great views from hotelValue chicActive HolidayRecommended by - CN Traveller
La Sacristia 10 rooms from $86Tarifa
A stylish and elegant hotel just outside the old town. Luxurious, but simple rooms and suites - and apartments dotted around the old town in case you're looking for flexibility. A divine courtyard to have breakfasts in. A great spot to relax in after a hard day kite surfing.Watersports - Tarifa is famous for its kite surfing.ElegantBeach nearbyTownRecommended by - I Escape
Hotel Hurricane 33 rooms from $88Tarifa, Cadiz, Costa de La Luz
Wonderful, relaxed beachside hotel in sub-tropical gardens, with views to Africa from the pool. Simple rooms with terracotta colours and white washed walls. Easy access to sporting activities. Ideal for families.Value chic - Moorish-style hotel right on the beach in Tarifa, with an excellent restaurant serving homemade pastas and a small pool.Kayaking - Sea kayaks are available at the fitness center, a great way to explore the coast from another perspective.Surfing - The beach in front of the hotel is a renowned surfing spot, complete with surf school.Full of character
Hotel Sindhura 14 rooms from $89La Muela, Vejer de la Frontera, Costa de La Luz
Simple, modern hotel with traditional architecture. Good value, set in open fields with magnificent panoramic ocean views. Easy access to endless sun kissed beaches. Plenty to keep the active entertained otherwise lie back and relax in complete tranquility.Beach Life - Stunning beaches of white sand offer surfing, wind surfing, diving and sailing, as well as spectacular sunset strolls.Total relaxation - A wonderfully tranquil Andulician rural abode, relax and recharge by the pool and wander the lush gardens.Sailing - All along the Costa de la Luz there are excellent marinas, and many places where you can hire boats or book sailing lessons.Surfing - Just a few minutes from the hotel is El Palmar beach with some of Spain's best surf.
Beach Hotel Arte Vida 11 rooms from $97Tarifa
One of the liveliest and most sporting spots in Tarifa. A funky hotel on the beach front with its own surf club, nightly DJ, and charming rooms. A hotspot for sports enthusiasts and families.Watersports - Tarifa beach is the best for kitesurfing in Europe.Lively - The hotel is Tarifa's hot spot for surfers.Active Holiday - The hotel has its own surf centre.Sights nearby - Roman Ruins of Baelio Claudia, Tangiers only 40 mins away.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Hotel Gran Sol 64 rooms from $101Costa de la Luz, Costa de La Luz
A classic beach resort boasting an enviable location. Sunny white washed rooms with large windows and private balconies. The hotel surrounds a large swimming pool. An elegant restaurant serves up Andalusian dishes. Just steps from the gorgeous beaches. Ideal for completely unwinding.Total relaxation - Just a short stroll to the beach and if that seems like too much work there's a gorgeous pool to sun yourself besides. BlissSwimming Pool - Outdoor pool.Romantic - Good for couples.Views - Great views from hotel
Siete Balcones 4 rooms from $103Cádiz, Costa de La Luz
Lots of natural light shines through beautiful balconies and flag stoned courtyards in this relaxed hotel in the old town of Vejer de la Frontera. White washed walls compliment authentic decoration. A chic and, unexpectedly, cheap destination for a romantic get-away or beach holiday.Honeymoons - For a budget honeymoon - cheap and chic, and breakfast where and when you want it!Active Holiday - Very close to many sporting activities.Town - In the old town.Less £Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays
Dar Cilla 8 rooms from $103Tarifa
Individually furnished self-catering apartments on the outskirts of the old town of Tarifa with a shared roof terrace and magnificent views across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco.WindsurfingFull of characterViews - Great views from hotelBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Recommended by - I Escape, Sawdays, CN Traveller
Hotel El Escondite Del Viento 8 rooms from $103Tarifa
Funky design hotel with colourful rooms in the Old Town of hip and happening Tarifa. Light rooms have large windows, high ceilings and modern bathrooms. The best rooms have terraces. The perfect amalgamation of old and new. Ideally situated for exploring the town or hitting the beach.Value chic - A stylish hotel in the heart of Tarifa's old quarter, under ten minutes from the beach with great views and artistic interiors.Sights nearby - Explore the Castle of Guzmán el Bueno and San Mateo Church.Great walks - Wander around the winding lanes of Tarifa's old quarter.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - I Escape
La Casa del Califa 20 rooms from $105Vejer de la Frontera
Small charming hotel with a strong Moorish influence in the heart of Medieval Vejer de la Frontera. White washed light rooms with standout local art. Stone vaulted dining room and a lush garden courtyard. Stunning views and cocktails from the rooftop bar. Ideally situated to explore the local area.Romantic Break - Charming rooms filled with North African artefacts, a rooftop bar with spectacular views and award winning cuisine.Local exploring - The hilltop town of Vejer is the perfect base for exploring the beaches and mountains of Cádiz province.Surfing - Southern Spain’s best surf beach is just a ten minute drive away, well worth checking out.Great walks - Wander through the ancient and picturesque town to the lovely beaches of Cadiz.
Hotel Arohaz 6 rooms from $112Barbate, Costa de La Luz
A lovely, small hotel in the quaint coastal town of Zahora. Perfect for a relaxing break with comfortable, spacious rooms and a heavenly salt-water pool with a sand floor. Wander down to the nearby beach and in the evening, enjoy delicious tapas on the veranda. A seaside charmer.Local exploring - Just ten minutes from the beach, this hotel makes an ideal base for exploring the beautiful seaside town of Zahora.Fishing - Head out on a sea fishing trip from Zahora harbour.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel Argantonio 15 rooms from $137Cádiz
Renovated and tranquil hotel in Mozarabic style, full of character. Andaluz, rustic or colonial styled rooms with terracotta hues, Moroccan-style hand-carved arches and wooden beams. Fantastic traditional buffet style breakfasts. Close to the beach and ideal for local exploring.City Style - A charming hotel in the heart of the city, featuring an uniquely eclectic and interesting decor style rich in history.Great walks - A great way to see Cádiz are the theatrical guided tours, full of fun and information.Sailing - If you have a week to spare there are fantastic sailing courses in the local harbour.Fishing - For all those angelers, the hotel will happily arrange deep sea fishing trips.
Hotel V 12 rooms from $159Vejer de la Frontera
This beautifully decorated hotel oozes boutique luxury. An eclectic combination of Goan antiques, original features, and contemporary muted hues. The roof top terrace, with jacuzzi, is the piece de resistance with its views across wild plains and towards Moroccan shores. Relaxation in style.City Style - Although Vejer is not a city, this hotel is so stylish it deserves noting.Views - Views to Morocco on a clear day, and over the surrouning plains.ChicSpa breaksRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Casa La Siesta 7 rooms from $223Cadiz Province, Costa de La Luz
This renovated farmhouse turned luxury small hotel is perfectly placed for a fiesta of activities, from golf to art classes. Set in acres of grounds with unspoilt views, it is the perfect place for a couple to snooze by the pool and dine on delicious, fresh local produce in the evenings.WeddingsFoodiesActive HolidayWellbeingRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Sawdays