HIKING HOLIDAY COSTA DE LA LUZ
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!
Arrival day. Transfer from airport to your accommodation. Depending on the flight and where you arrive, there is still time for a walk to explore the neighborhood.
Day 2. Cape Trafalgar – Los Caños de Meca - Barbate
A coastal and forest walk. We start our day in the village of los Caños de Meca
(sandy beach, freshwater springs, rocks) and walk through La Breña nature park. We enjoy a very nice view over the Atlantic Ocean
clear weather even to Africa; the houses of Tangier can be seen. At Torre del Tajo, a 15th century watchtower, we have one last glance at the spectacular cliffs before we enter the pine forests. We walk towards el Palomar de la Breña: one
pigeon complex from the 18th century,
Here we eat a snack in the accompanying restaurant, before we continue walking towards
the coast. On the way we see the Cape of Trafalgar looming, We walk back to
Los Caños de Meca, where we can take a refreshing dive in the ocean.
A nice end to the day is a walk around the Trafalgar lighthouse.
Distance 16.5 km / level 1-2 / 4 ½ hours of walking / 281M Up / 281M Down /
Max height 104 meters
Day 3. Tarifa and the cork trees from Facinas
We drive in the morning to Tarifa, the southernmost point of Spain. From the Mirador del-
Estrecho we have a beautiful view of the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coastline,
here just 14 km away. The beach at Tarifa is a windsurfing paradise. We enjoy some free time to visit the white town
visit and buy a picnic for our walk. After visit Tarifa
we drive to Facinas, where we visit a chapel: there begins
our walk. We walk past the old cork oaks, which are still every nine years
be scaled. We walk on a donkey trail, meandering,
gritty, sometimes we have to skip a stream of water. We have a view of a valley
with cork oak forests on the other side. We have a picnic somewhere in a nice spot
and then walk back.
Distance 12 km / level 1-2 / 3 ½ hours walking.
Day 4. From mountain to beach.
This hike starts at the high rocks of the Sierra de la Plata,
combing, spectacular to photograph. The earthen path turns into a sandy path, the
vegetation changes with us and we now walk through pine forests. There are beautiful views over
the ocean and on the ridges. We come to a 'valley', a gorge where you feel yourself in a
western. We walk over it up to a road,
follow a steep descending path ending at the beach. Boulders in the sea, possibility
to swim and walk along this wild coast. We walk back to the road and after
a short while we come to a small charming bar where we can eat a fish and a
drink beer / wine, with that beautiful view of Morocco again. We walk a uphill
loop through forests and partly over rocks back to our starting point, and drive
back to Zahora.
Distance 16 km / level 1-2 / 507 m high / 507 m down / 367M max
Day 5. Cádiz
Today we visit Cádiz, an hour away from our hotel. We take a walk through this oldest city in Western Europe, dating from 1100 BC. Nowadays Cádiz is one big monument from the 18th, 19th century with a homogeneous, colonial architecture: a city that embraces you. We will of course show you the most beautiful places: Plaza san Juan de Dios, the cathedral, the flower market. Then we visit a small, very charming bodega and learn all the secrets of the sherry through an English speaking guide. Tasting the sherry is of course part of it! Then we have lunch: tapas on the old covered market, something for everyone. Then we continue our city walk and visit (optional) Torre Tavira: the highest tower in Cádiz, with a 'camera oscura' that gives us a unique view of the city in living images. A guide tells us the many things worth knowing about Cádiz. There is also a terrace with a beautiful view of the city, the harbor and the bay: perfect for photos. After that there is free time. We meet at the Cathedral and walk back to the vans that take us to our hotel. There is some free time before we come together to eat something.
Day 6. Lighthouse to Baelo Claudia.
We start near Atlanterra, a beautiful hill with capital villas, along which in May /
June, tuna fish flow towards the Mediterranean Sea. That was 2000 years ago
even so, when Baelo Claudia was built. This Roman city lived from tuna; the
"factory" is still well preserved, as well as the forum, the old streets, the Roman
and even the theater. Very complete - and the Romans saw the same mountains, hills and
sea like us during our walk. We walk past a goat farm and a vulture breeding
place (buitre leonardo) via a piece of asphalt to a secret road that leads us to the top
from a walking dune. As if you have arrived in the desert. We walk down the dune
along the beautiful Bolonia beach and visit the Roman city. We
lunch in Bolonia, a small hamlet where we enjoy the Otero bar
sea view (family business, tasty home-made food). Maybe time for a
a dive, before we walk back to the lighthouse.
From there we walk on the beach of Atlanterra to Zahara de los Atunes, and
drive back to Zahora.
Distance 19.5 km / Level 1-2 / 5 hours of walking / 333 M Up /
330M Down / 138M Max Height
Day 7. La Muela, Santa Lucia Vejer de la Frontera
A great day! First we are offered a cup of coffee on the mountain at La Muela.
It's an incredibly beautiful view from the place where we drink our coffee, and the
nice thing is that we can see exactly where we will walk later. It's a route that goes to
runs below, trough a Roman acuaduct with waterfalls and a natural 'yakuzi', then
we arrive in civilized world (well ... 7 houses ..) where there is a bar with a
terrace above the flowing water. We continue
our road, which climbs further up the hill on the other side of the road to Vejer
de la Frontera: the most beautiful white Andalusian village. We give a tour through
the winding streets, with beautiful flowers in the patios, the old city wall and we climb
an old city tower. Then we walk to the edge of Vejer to a restaurant
to eat and drink something while enjoying a beautiful view to the coast and admire the paragliders.
We walk back and drink another nice drink on the mountain and then
back for the last night in Zahora.
Distance 14.5 Km / Level 1-2 / 4 ¼ hour walking /
174M Up / 174M Down / 220M Max height
Day 8: Transfer to the airport. And goodbye!