Costa de la Luz Route
COSTA DE LA LUZ ROUTE (RUTA DE LA COSTA DE LA LUZ)
This Route is perfect for nature lovers, combining a visit to Spain’s - and one of Europe’s - largest nature reserves, the Doñana National Park, with the wide sandy Atlantic beaches of the province of Huelva.
Suggested access airports: Seville/Faro
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
First night: Parador de CÁDIZ
Cádiz was once known as Yazira Qadiz: "Isle of the Peninsula of Cádiz". To see the city in all its splendor, the best thing to do is climb Tavia tower. From there open up the Tierra Gates, entryway to the walled city. Lying below is the cupola of Cádiz Cathedral. Caleta Beach marks the city's horizon, open and infinite, bounded by two castles, Santa Catalina on one end, and on the other San Sebastian, built atop a former Muslim tower which was in turn raised over a temple dedicated to Kronos. The Cádiz museum is a must-see. It is well worth the time to take a stroll along Ancha Street or simply get a feel for life in the city.
Second night: Parador de MAZAGÓN
Mazagón’s beach stretches from the Tinto River Estuary to Torre del Loro, a 10-kilometer strip of golden sands running alongside an ancient cliff face. This area is accessible from the Parador. The wealth of forests and picturesque fauna, shared with the nearby Doñana National Park, the richness and variety of the fishing, the quality of its beaches, which are invariably waving a Blue Flag, make today’s Mazagón an ideal destination for rest and relaxation. It is also possible to arrange a visit in to the Doñana National Park to explore the fascinating nature and migrating bird life.
Third night: Parador de AYAMONTE
Ayamonte is the last stop on this route along the Costa de La Luz, a place to rest and relax. You can enjoy the Guadiana River Estuary, and lovely beaches such as Isla Canela and Punta del Moral, where the dunes created by sea currents and the changing of the tide shape the landscape. A special highlight is the Isla Cristina Nature Reserve. This natural setting is located between the towns of Ayamonte and Isla Cristina, a wetland area near the estuary of the Carreras and Guadiana rivers. Other bonuses are the pleasant climate which the area enjoys throughout the year, and its proximity to Portugal.