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Costa de la Luz: dunes, beaches and migratory birds

The Costa de la Luz is the coast washed by the Atlantic Ocean in the provinces of Huelva and Cadiz in Andalusia. The Costa de la Luz stretches over 250 km between Ayamonte and Tarifa. That is, from the mouth of the Guadiana River, on the border with Portugal, and to the Strait of Gibraltar. The coast is almost all low and sandy and at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river there are vast swampy areas which are the ideal habitat for water birds and other wild animals.

A GREAT RICHNESS OF PROTECTED NATURAL AREAS

The beaches of the Costa de la Luz, which is one of the sunniest areas in Spain, are made up of endless dunes and fine golden sand. The Costa de la Luz is famous for the beauty of its protected natural areas. Among these, first of all the Doñana National Park, a marshy and sandy area in the delta of the Guadalquivir paradise of migratory birds and mammals such as the lynx, the badger and various species of deer. The park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Other interesting natural areas are the La Breña-Barbate Natural Park with the Barbate salt flats and the cliffs of La Breña. Wetlands at the mouths of the Tinto and Odiel rivers. The picturesque bay of Cadiz. Much of the coast is still free from the strong concentrations of cement present instead along the Costa del Sol and in other coastal areas of Andalusia.

Noteworthy are also the historical attractions of the region such as the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Baelo Claudia near Tarifa. The typical historic villages of Andalusia such as that of Vejer de la Frontera. Historic places like Cape Trafalgar where in 1805 the English admiral Horatio Nelson defeated the French fleet. The places reminiscent of Christopher Columbus such as the Monasterio de La Rábida, Palos de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Moguer.

HOW TO GET

The nearest airport to reach the resorts of the Costa de la Luz is Seville.

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