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Where is the Costa de la Luz ?

Aptly named the Coast of Light because of the bright and clear quality of the light that illuminates the area, the Costa de la Luz stretches from the southernmost tip of the Spanish mainland, near to Gibraltar, runs the length of the Cádiz coastline and then continues out of the province right up until the border with Portugal.

Map of the Spanish Costas

This Costa has long been well known amongst the Spanish and now due to growing coverage in the international press the British and other northern Europeans are starting to discover this stunning hidden gem.

Why is it so special?

The Costa de la Luz will appeal to those discerning property buyers who are seeking out a piece of real Spain and who do not want to live amidst one of the many large British enclaves that can easily be found at numerous other locations on the Spanish coastline.

Worlds apart from the more frenetic, commercialised Costas this is an area where you will discover tranquil towns and sleepy villages that remain untouched by the invasive influences of mass tourism. The Cádiz province is home to historically significant towns and cities that are steeped in ancient culture and blessed with amazing architecture, whilst much of the fertile, rolling countryside here is adorned with aged grapevines that are essential to the thriving business of sherry wine production.

The Costa de la Luz is a region of great natural beauty that possesses that quintessential Andalucían warmth and charm and it is steadily evolving into a popular destination as more and more people are catching on to all that it has to offer.

Property | Climate | Beaches | Food and Culture | Golf | Protected Natural Zones & Activities | Access

Quality Spanish golf property
Property in Jerez

Property prices on the Costa de la Luz represent excellent value in comparison to some of the more established areas on the Spanish coastline.

Over the long-term prices are expected to remain stable in the region because there is not a large surplus of available properties, the construction philosophy here has never been to ‘stack them high and sell them cheap’. Even in times of a tough market properties in a great location and of a high build quality will always be in demand. The current situation of a ‘buyers market’ means that there are some fantastic deals to be found for those shrewd people looking for an investment opportunity.

Over the past year the UK press has highlighted the plight of several nightmare scenarios concerning the demolition of long-standing properties, in particularly on the Costa del Sol, and the occurrence of Land Grab cases that were made famous in province of Valencía on the Costa Blanca, but on the whole such issues are far less common on the Costa de la Luz.

High-rise concrete developments will never blight the coastline here due to tightly adhered-to planning regulations regarding such issues as restrictions on building within a certain proximity to the beach. As a consequence of this there will only ever be a limited amount of coastal properties that can be constructed and so when all further supply of these prime location dwellings is exhausted a sizeable increase in the value of this type of property can be expected.

The combination of large traits of protected natural parks and the region’s strict planning directives mean this area will continue to be protected against over-development and keep its original character.

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Throughout the year the Costa de la Luz has an average daily temperature around 20°C and enjoys over 3,000 hours of sunshine.

A much welcome Atlantic breeze pleasantly tempers the hot summers and in the winter months expect regular blue skies and comfortable daytime temperatures that still often reach 15ºC.

The lower part of the coastline does experience fairly strong winds, hence the status of Tarifa as a world-renowned kite and wind surfing Mecca, but on the whole the majority of the region encounters perfect year-round conditions.

Costa de la Luz temperature graph

DATA SOURCE: Instituto Nacional de Meterología

Costa de la Luz beach

The Costa de la Luz is adorned with mile upon mile of expansive, fine, golden sandy beaches of unrivalled quality that are lapped by clear Atlantic waters.

Overall there are more than 50 beaches spread out over 260km of pristine coastline.

Year after year many of the region’s beaches have been presented with the Blue Flag eco-label award for their cleanliness, provision of services and safety, and compliance with extensive environmental criteria. To view the complete list of awarded beaches and marinas visit the official Blue Flag website.

Whether the desire is for an isolated, deserted beach, one serviced by a few lively restaurants or facilities for children the options are plentiful.

Water sport enthusiasts are well catered for in this region with opportunities to kite and wind surf, water ski, sail or even scuba diving.

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Food and Culture

The enjoyment of eating good, fresh food with family and friends is an inherent part of the culture of the Andalucían people.

Authentic tapas dishes can be found in every city, town and village in the region. As a perfect accompaniment with their food the locals often enjoy a tipple of chilled Fino sherry or a glass of one the locally produced wines. A particular delicacy is the meltingly tender slivers of Jamón Serrano which can be found on every tapas menu alongside the spicy Chorizo and salami-like Salchichón.

The restaurants on the Costa de la Luz cater for all tastes but above all the Atlantic coast is famous throughout Spain for the quality and variety of its freshly caught seafood.

The cost of eating and drinking in the bars and restaurants in this area is extremely affordable with prices to suit every budget.

The family unit is an honoured and celebrated institution for the traditional Spanish people and nowhere is this more evident than around the towns and in the restaurants where children are adored and the older generations granted the respect they deserve.

The local population on this coast are amongst the friendliest people that you are ever likely to encounter and with their natural openness they offer a warm welcome to all.

Andalucíans are instilled from birth with an inherent belief that life is to be celebrated and lived to the full, it's a real experience to feel the hospitality and witness the riotous fun at one of the many annually held fiestas such as the legendry Cádiz Carnival in February, or the world famous Jerez Horse Fair in the month of May.

Check out the Fiestas 2008 page on this web site for an extensive listing of carnivals, festivals and celebrations within the province.

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Spanish tapas
Spanish Feria at night
Golf course in Cádiz province

The courses on the Costa de la Luz will appeal to those golfers who are looking for a more relaxed environment with the emphasis on 'luxury' where residential properties are concerned.

Just a short drive from Jerez airport there is the Jack Nicklaus designed Montecastillo course which played host to the Volvo Masters five years running, it has a fantastic five-star Barcelo hotel and health spa as well as multi-sport facilities.

The fabulous Arcos Gardens Golf Club is also not far from Jerez and has its own boutique hotel, luxurious health spa and equestrian centre all nestled sympathetically in the middle of the Cádiz countryside. In 2007 Arcos Gardens was voted ‘Best Worldwide Golf Development’ by Homes Overseas magazine.

The map below shows the location of all the courses within the province that are easily and rapidly accessible from Jerez. Click on any of the course names to the right of the map to visit their official site.

Map of golf courses, west coast of Spain
Arcos Gardens
Benalup Hotel Golf & Country Club
Costa Ballena
Dehesa Montenmedio Golf & Country Club
Golf El Puerto
Golf Novo Sancti Petri : Campano/ Novo
Lomas de Sancti Petri
Meliá Sancti Petri Hotel & Golf
Sanlúcar Club de Campo
Sherry Golf Jerez
Villa Nueva Feel Golf
Vista Hermosa Club de Golf

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Protected Natural Zones & Activities

In total well over a quarter of the whole landmass in the province of Cádiz is preserved under protective status.

Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema

A dramatic mountain wilderness that supports an abundance and great variety of bird life.
Aside from bird watching, activities include horse riding, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing and caving.

Parque Natural de los Alcornocales

A park with scenic mountain views and densely wooded areas of cork oak and pine.
Activities include mountain biking, horse riding, climbing, kayaking and bird watching.

Coto de Doñana National Park

An enormous wetland that extends out into the provinces of Sevilla and Huelva.
Strictly controlled access is in place to protect Europe’s largest wildlife sanctuary, amongst other species the park is home to the endangered Lynx and Spanish Imperial Eagle. It is possible to join a 4-hour boat cruise that includes two guided tours inside the park.

Parque Natural de la Breña y Marismas de Barbate

Dominated by pine trees and carpets of wild flowers, a truly picture postcard park.
Ideal for bird watching, horse riding, walking, cycling, kite and wind surfing.

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Costa de la Luz kite surfer

The airport of Jerez is situated 8kms to the northeast of the town and the budget carrier Ryanair operates daily flights out of London Stansted.
Extensive expansion work is currently underway with expectation that passenger numbers will have doubled to around 4 million per year by 2012.

It is also possible to access the region from Sevilla with low cost carrier flights from Dublin and Liverpool. A main motorway links Jerez and Sevilla with a drive time of around 1 hour. Alternatively Gibraltar is also a 1-hour motorway drive from Jerez and daily flights operate out of both Gatwick and Luton. Although yet to be confirmed there is the possibility that Monarch will be operating a service from the north of England out of Manchester airport.

There is also a train service out of Sevilla to Jerez that has a journey time of 1 hour, this service continues on to call at El Puerto de Santa María before terminating in Cádiz. Sevilla and Cádiz are set to be connected in the near future with a high speed AVE train link. It is planned for the train to stop in Jerez and the expected journey time from Sevilla will be less than 30 minutes.

Within the area both the train and bus services are exceptionally cheap and frequent, and the efficient air-conditioned buses in particular provide excellent connections throughout the region and beyond.

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