HIKING HOLIDAY COSTA DE LA LUZ INDIVIDUAL
Costa de la Luz, the 'coast of light', runs from Tarifa to the border of Portugal. With this varied walking holiday you will discover an authentic, yet unknown part of Spain that contains all the famous Spanish ingredients. Think passionate flamenco, sherry, bulls and delicious tapas. And of course the vast Atlantic Ocean to take a refreshing dip after - or even during our walks. Your hotel is also a stone's throw from the beach and sea. Besides a long coastal walk that takes us over 100 meter high cliffs, from which we can even see Africa, we also head inland. Take a donkey path through the old cork oak forests near Facinas and climb the ridge of the Sierra de la Plata, from where you have an overwhelming view over the entire coastal region. We visit the ruins of a Roman city that lived on tuna fishing, and then taste this delicacy for yourself with a good glass of local wine. We also walk through La Breña Natural Park, an area full of wonderfully scented pine forests. The bright green treetops contrast beautifully with the azure blue sea. Of course, a visit to a characteristic white Andalusian village with its winding streets should not be missed. What could be more fun than walking there yourself through a varied hilly landscape full of corn and corn fields? We also visit the lively, versatile Cadiz. This oldest city in Europe is located on a peninsula in the ocean. The special light to which the region, the Costa de la Luz, owes its name, gives the city the allure of a film setting. The guides of this trip have lived in this part of Andalusia for years. They love nothing more than sharing their enthusiasm for the region with you. Bienvenid @ s!
You pick up your reserved car at the airport, after which you travel to the hotel in Vejer de la Frontera. There we will receive you with a nice welcome drink and give you all the information you need for a carefree week. We also give insider tips for your first evening in this beautiful village. And then your Andalusian adventure can begin!
Day 2. Explore the area
Vejer de la Frontera - small city walk - La Breña You start the walk to Palomar de La Breña, which also has the largest dovecote in Europe, now in disuse, but during voyages of discovery the pigeons were taken as fresh food on the ships. Once there you can drink a delicious cup of coffee at the nearby hacienda of Palomar. Then the route goes towards the hills and foothills of Brêna, the beautiful nature park with its specific coniferous trees. We end the walk with a climb to the center of Vejer. TIP! Santa Lucia is located at the foot of Vejer. Drink or eat something in Antonio's Venta bar el Toro, a roguish 80s. An experience, preferably on the terrace above the flowing water. And if you still have energy, continue to the Roman aqueduct, with waterfalls and a natural yakuzi.
Distance 16.5 Km / Level 1-2 / 4 ¼ hours walking / 174M Up / 174M Down / 220M Max altitude.
Day 3. From mountains to the beach.
You can drive to the enormous walking dune of Punta Paloma in less than an hour. This is where today's hike starts: you walk along a 'valley', where you imagine yourself in a western, through the pine forests upwards. It is a bit of a climb, but then you have something! While hiking you will have a view of the mountain ridges of the Sierra de la Plata and you will reach the highest point of this tour, where you have a magnificent view of the entire coastline from Tarifa to Bolonia; an overview of what you are about to run or have already run. When you walk back, there are beautiful views of the ocean, so you go in that direction; you walk through the woods down to the Atlantic Ocean. Rocks in the sea, possibility for swimming and walking along this wild coast with beautiful rock formations. This will gradually bring you back to where your car is. TIP! Put the car aside for a while and climb the walking dune. The view is incomparable, especially when the kite surfers show their skills.
Distance 16 km / level 1-2 / 507 m high / 507 m down / 367M max height
Day 4. Coasts and cliffs.
This coastal and forest walk begins in the photogenic bar "Las Dunas". Walk along the beach to the Cape of Trafalgar, where the famous battle took place in 1805 that made England rule over the seas. Along the coast you reach the village of los Caños de Meca (sandy beach, fresh water springs, rocks) and continue the walk along the steep cliffs of this wild coast. You constantly enjoy a beautiful view over the Atlantic Ocean, even as far as Africa in clear weather. At Torre del Tajo, a 15th century watchtower, you will get one last beautiful view of the spectacular cliffs before walking through La Breña Natural Park to another watchtower. You walk back to the starting point between the scented pine trees, whose bright green treetops contrast beautifully with the azure blue sea. A final drink in "Las Dunas" and on to a nice restaurant in Vejer! Distance 19 km / level 1-2 / 4 ½ hours walking / 166M Up / 406M Down / Max height 166 meters
Day 5. Cádiz: the city that smiles
Today a visit to Cádiz, just over an hour's drive from your hotel in Vejer. A walk through this oldest city in Europe, located on a peninsula and dating back to 1100 BC, should not be missing from your trip. Cádiz is now one large monument from the 18th / 19th century with a homogeneous, colonial architecture, but under the current city are the Phoenician and Roman districts. It is a city that embraces you; colorful, cheerful, green and surrounded by the sea. Your tour takes you past the most beautiful spots: Plaza san Juan de Dios, the cathedral, the flower market. Very popular with the Gaditanos: eating tapas in the old covered market, combined with a good glass of local wine. A visit to Torre Tavira is highly recommended: the highest tower in Cádiz, with a 'camera oscura' that gives us a unique view of the city in living images. A guide explains the many things worth knowing about Cádiz. When visiting, don't forget the picturesque beach of La Caleta, with its lighthouse and hand-painted fishing boats! TIP! Cádiz is next to the only region in the world where sherry is produced. Visit "Manzanilla" in Calle Feduchy: a tiny family bodega where you can taste different sherries straight from the oak barrels.
Day 6. Lighthouse to Baelo Claudia.
We start near Atlanterra, a beautiful hill with capital villas, along which in May /
Today you drive to Atlanterra, located directly on the coast where in May / June schools of bluefin tuna swim towards the Mediterranean Sea. That was already the case 2000 years ago, when Baelo Claudia was built, a Roman city that lived on tuna. On the way to this town you will pass the Atlanterra lighthouse, a goat farm and a vulture breeding ground (Buitre Leonado). A sandy path through the pine forests takes you to the top of a hiking dune. For a moment you imagine yourself in the desert ... and an overwhelming view of the coastline awaits you. You descend this giant garden to the beach and follow the surf to the village of Bolonia. Here you can enjoy a delicious lunch with a view of the sea and visit Baelo Claudia (free): the Roman tuna store is still well preserved, as are the city gates, the forum, the baths and even the theater. Small, but very complete. Maybe a nice swim before you walk back to Atlanterra, where your car is. TIP! Would you like to taste tuna in the style of this day? Then on the way back, visit the Campero restaurant in Barbate, a specialist in this fish.
Distance 13 km / 18 km / Level 1-2 / 3 ¾ walking / 333 M Up / 330M Down / 138M Max Altitude
Day 7. Tarifa and the cork oaks of Facinas
In the morning you drive to Tarifa, the southernmost point of Spain. Morocco is only 14 km from the Spanish coast here. While wandering through this charming fishing town you will find many nice Moroccan boutiques and from the Mirador del Estrecho you have a beautiful view of the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coastline. You can count the houses of Tangier! The beach at Tarifa is a windsurfers paradise, it is nice to see the skills of the wind and kite surfers. After visiting Tarifa, drive to the mountain village of Facinas, where you can visit a chapel and a cemetery: that's where your walk starts. The tour takes you through the cork oak area, where the largest cork production in Spain took place. The cork was transported with donkeys and mules, so you walk on a donkey path, winding, stony, sometimes you have to cross a water stream. Along the way you may encounter cows, goats and mules that roam freely here and it is wonderfully relaxing to have a picnic somewhere in the shade of an old cork oak. TIP! First, take a 2-hour boat trip with Firmm from Tarifa harbor in the morning to spot dolphins and whales in the Strait of Gibraltar. 99% observation probability, and the possibility to see two continents at the same time!
Distance 12 km / level 1-2 / 3 ½ hours walking.
Day 8: Transfer to the airport. And goodbye!