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Costa de la Luz Spain's beautiful coast of light

The South Atlantic coast is not as crowded as the Mediterranean regions. The ideal area for a quiet holiday.

The Valdevaqueros beach in the city of Tarifa invites to dream
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When I see the beach of Valdevaqueros near Tarifa for the first time, I can hardly believe that there is still such a beautiful, untouched one in Spain. Because in front of me is a beautiful, miles of white sandy beach. He is the southernmost point on the European mainland. On the horizon, only 14 kilometers away, Morocco shines and with it the African continent. Incidentally, we owe our word Tarifa to Tarifa: who used to drive through this strait had to pay him to protect him from pirates. We are on the Costa de la Luz, the coast of light. The region on the Atlantic, stretching from Tarifa to the border of Portugal, is an insider tip. Here you can still experience a piece of pristine Spain.

For example, in the village Vejer de la Frontera. Because of its spectacular location on a high plateau you have a great view over the hinterland of the Costa de la Luz. In addition, the two-kilometer-long city wall is completely preserved and a castle from the time of the Moors still stands. No, a lot has changed here in the last 200 years. This impression also makes Jerez de la Frontera. Despite the many beautiful old buildings such as the cathedral or the "Bodega Tio Pepe", the city where the sherry was invented seems incredibly lively and cheerful. Particularly beautiful is the colorful equestrian festival Feria del Caballo, which is celebrated by the famous Spanish Riding School. The most elegant Arabian horses with proud riders and their beautiful companions prance past. Everyone is happy and happy. In the evening, fiery rhythms sound out of the flamenco clubs. Jerez is one of the flamenco strongholds.

We let the guitars lure us to the "Bodega Jesus" (Calle Pedro Rodriguez de Raño 15). Huge ham hang over the rustic bar. As tapas (appetizers) he comes next to many other delicacies freshly sliced ​​to sherry on the table. A trip to England still has to be: The peninsula Gibraltar at the southern tip of Spain belongs to Great Britain. This is where the last monkeys of Europe live, protected. Legend has it that British rule ends when the last Barbary macaque has died. In Gibraltar you can shop duty-free. So an extensive shopping spree completes our journey to the Costa de la Luz.

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