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The Costa de la Luz is often divided into two areas, Huelva Province which stretches from the Portuguese border to the Donaña Park and the River Guadalquivir and where we are, the Cadiz Province which stretches from the River Guadalquivir to Tarifa at the mouth of the Mediterranean sea. For a description, I couldn't do better than quote that on the Lonely Planet website for Costa de la Luz and the Southeast:

"Arriving on the Costa de la Luz from the Costa del Sol is like flinging open the window and breathing in the fresh air. Bereft of tacky resorts and unplanned development, this is a world of flat-capped farmers, grazing bulls and Sunday mass followed by a furtive slug of dry sherry and lunchtime tapas. Throw in beautiful, broad, blonde beaches bubbling with a fun-loving surf scene and a string of spectacularly located white towns, and you’re unequivocally back in Spain. Spaniards, well aware of this, flock here in July and August. It's by no means a secret, but the stunning Costa de la Luz somehow remains the same old, chilled-out beach hang-out it's always been."

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To travel from one province to another is not quite as easy as it sounds as quite a lengthy drive via the city of Sevilla is necessary, due to the fact that you cannot drive through the Donaña Park.

Our villa is in Roche Viejo which means Old Roche.  It is a peaceful farming area and our villa is surrounded by fields and pine trees.  However, just 3km away is Roche with one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Overlooking the  beach is a great fish restaurant, El Timon, and a summer bar.  The beach is never crowded although it does get slightly busier for a few weeks at the height of the season. If you take a walk down the beach, you will also find an excellent chiringuito, Casa Luis, which serves the best paella but, if you can't be bothered to walk, drinks, snacks and cakes are sold, mainly during the summer, from mobile beach vendors. Panaderia man is our particular favourite, as his cakes are delicious.  There are also many other beautiful beaches in the area the majority of which enjoy good surf on most days.

However, if beaches aren't your thing, there are also many historic "white villages" to visit - the hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera with lots of winding alleyways and streets lined with orange trees.  It has a beautiful town square, complete with fountain where, during the month of August, there is something going on every night for their festival season, Medinia Sidonia also with a very pretty town square or Arcos de la Frontera. Cadiz is a beautiful city to visit as is Seville, or maybe some sherry tasting at a bodega in Jerez takes your fancy.  We have just been to the Tio Pepe bodega in Jerez and had a great guided tour, complete with train ride and sherry tasting at the end.

There are also  lots of other activites to enjoy in the area, including  tennis, horseriding, go-karting and a tree-top activity centre for kids young and old.  Bikes can be hired in Novo Sancti Petri or Conil and whale watching is popular down in Tarifa, along with surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.  There is also a surf school a little closer to us, in El Palmar. Water sports can also be enjoyed at Novo Sancti Petri and Sancti Petri including scuba diving and sailing. There is a sports complex at Conil and if a water park is your thing, there is one 30 minutes away by car.  For golfers,  try the Sancti Petri Hills Golf Club or the three courses at the Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club.   

The Donana National Park can also be reached from our villa.  This is a wetland nature reserve, rich in bird life.  Entry is controlled but half day trips with official guides can be booked.

In the summer months, a local finca hosts a flamenco and Andalusian horse show.  We have had some favourable comments on this from some of our guests, and tickets can be purchased at Hotel Antonio in El Colorado, or at the Conil Tourist Information Bureau. 

 

 

 

  

 

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Highlights
  • 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms (one ensuite)
  • Private outdoor pool
  • Large private garden with large covered patio
  • wifi
  • 3km to the beach
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Hi Julie, I just wanted to say we had a fabulous week at your gorgeous villa last week (despite a rather stressful start with a missed flight!) Anyway we made it in the end, The villa was great and Ha ... — Helen, 01 Oct 2012
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