is the second largest autonomous community in Spain, but almost certainly the most attractive.
Encompassing the provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Sevilla, Andalucían holidays are exactly what you make of them, as the diverse landscape caters for every style of holiday, activity and type of accommodation. Andalucían villas or cottages have a very distinctive style, with square, whitewashed shapes, creating the most picturesque villages in the whole of Spain.
Andalucía is best known for beaches of its coastline. Renting your house on our Finca la Hijuela will almost certainly involve some sand, sea and sun. However, the Atlantic Coast and the Mediterranean Coast have very different atmospheres, so an Andalucían apartment or property on the Atlantic coast, where surfing and culture thrive will be very different from an Andalucían holiday villa on the sparkling Mediterranean Coast, where luxury and leisure outweigh genuine Spanish culture.
The inland areas are magnificent places to visit. The dramatic Sierra Morena and Sistemas Beticos Mountain ranges which dominate the hinterland lend themselves ideally for a range of leisure activities such as walking, cycling, white water rafting, climbing, golf and horse riding holidays.
Having holiday in Andalucía is in Spain’s folklore and traditional heart.
The capital of Andalucía,
Sevilla is one of the most well loved places to visit.
Things to do
Anything you like! Golf holidays, walking holidays, beach holidays, motorcycle touring, painting holidays and fishing on the Guadalquivir River. La Finca la Hijuela is ideal for visiting the golden sands, surrounded by every facility, entertainment option and sports facilities you could wish for whilst staying here.
Costa de la Luz, Spain
Costa de la Luz – Also known as the “Coast of Light”, this is the western part of the Andalucían coastline and faces the Atlantic Ocean. Stretching from Ayamonte to the Algarve border of Portugal. The infinite beaches on the Costa de la Luz are covered with finer sand than those of neighboring Costa del Sol and golden and backed by sand dunes and pine forests, with strong waves and winds good for surfing.
Inland, wild sierras, fertile vineyards and pastures filled with hundreds of migratory birds in the winter.
Places to visit in Costa de la Luz
Cadiz is near the Rock of Gibraltar. The old city is small and has a very Moorish feel, & cobblestones make up the narrow streets. The monument of the city is the twin-towered just a stone’s throw away from the harbour. About 2 hours from Sevilla, Cadiz is naturally surrounded by fresh stunning beaches. In Cadiz, one will immediately experience a tranquil ambience.
Cadiz is known for its carnival celebrated before the 40 days of Lent. During this carnival, Cadiz comes alive with contests and songs and creative figurines.
Chiclana de la Frontera sits on a large salt marsh, where the pine forests meet the Atlantic beaches of the Costa de la Luz in the National Park of the Bay of Cadiz. The town is a traditional Andalucían whitewashed town, with squares filled with bright flowers and all the traditional aspects of Spanish life, bullfighting, flamenco and delicious wines. Chiclana de la Frontera has all this, and of course a long straight sandy beach.
Zahara de los atunes is a windswept Spanish village with a stunning 20km stretch of fine white sands, guarded by the magnificent ruins of Castillo de las Amadrabas.
Campo de Gibraltar– Literally translated into “Field of Gibraltar”, this region receives its name from the Rock of Gibraltar. With the favourable conditions of the open yet sheltering Bay of Algeciras, this region experiences beautiful nature.
Sierra de Grazalema is the first natural park in Andalucía and one of Spain’s most ecologically outstanding areas. It holds the impressive Garganta Verde gorge, an exceptional griffin vulture colony, and Andalucia’s largest cave system.
Vejer de la Frontera is a prime example of what Andalucían Spain should be like. Strict development rules have meant that there are no high rise buildings of monstrous hotels. The locals in Vejer de la Frontera and Conil de la Frontera are lively and very welcoming of tourists, and the streets are vibrant in the evenings, but without the British bar and club culture of the neighbouring Costa del Sol. Both towns boast fabulous beaches and the opportunity to hire a bike, go for a hike, surf, windsurf or play a few rounds of golf.
Things to do in Costa de la Luz, Spain
The beaches of La Fontanilla, El Palmar, Los Bateles, Bolonia, rival any of the world famous beaches of the Costa del Sol, and have the added attraction of being unspoilt, natural and quiet. The Costa de la Luz is perfect for sunbathing away from the crowds, and giving you a real chance to relax.The Atlantic winds make a fantastic option for windsurfers and surfers alike, especially the windsurfing haven of Tarifa.
National Parks like the Donana National Park brim with wildlife, especially in the winter, and there are many great hiking and biking tracks..
Weather in Costa de la Luz, Spain
Spring on the Costa de la Luz is spectacular, with warm still sunny days and pastures filled with colourful plants. Average daily temperatures are above 25°C from June until October, and even the winters remain above 15°C
Costa de la Luz.
Cadiz has a warm and temperate climate. Cadiz’s temperatures range between 14º and 20º in winter and slightly above 22º in summertime. Cadiz enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
Finca la Hijuela, La Muela
near Vejer de la Frontera, is one of the most picturesque spots in the south of Spain. A place of white-washed houses, narrow winding streets, unspoiled beaches and unequalled cuisine. In Vejer you can lose yourself in the maze of charming streets, plazas and flower-filled patios while your senses delight in a thousand sounds, smells and colours. Enjoy the vibrant cultural activities, exceptional cuisine and unique local arts and crafts in a beautiful natural landscape. Just ten minutes away you will find endless unspoiled beached of golden sand and crystal waters. Let yourself be carried away by the breeze and explore the surroundings which are yours to discover.
Vejer de la Frontera, declared a site of great historic and artistic interest in 1976, is one of the most beautiful villages, not only in Andalusia, but in Spain.
Vejer has, only 9km from the village a magnificent beach known as “El Palmar Beach”. Its fine sand and its transparent waters surrounded by a natural environment make this beach one of the very few unexploited shores in the area. Possibly one of the best beaches in Andalucía. Clean, safe and wide without any of the mass tourism of other areas, this beach is perfect for children because of its shallow waters and lack of currents.
This beach offers to the tourist a virtually unknown landscape, ideal for the practice of the water sports, such as sailing, surfing, the wind-surfing, water-skiing, fishing, ect..., all the year around.It has health-care services including Registered Nurses, Assistant Nurses, Lifeguards, Ambulances, assistance facilities, showers and toilets. It also has Tourist Services such as loudspeakers and a point of tourist information, as well as many hostels, camp sites, restaurants and inns, all of them qualified to attend and satisfy the needs of all of them that go to our coasts.The beach houses a tower called TORRENUEVA the function of which was the surveillance of the coast line. This sort of towers was widely used along the coasts of Cadiz in the 17th and 18th centuries, because invasion by pirates and other criminals was very common. They communicated with each other by means of smoke signals during the day and fire signals during the night.Several streams end in this area, from the inland hills. The fauna likely to be found here is the typical of a coastal environment, such as gulls and beach birds, including oystercatchers and many others...The urbanization of the area is very scare, although a new development plan is being carried out. Vejer is mere minutes from some of the best and most unspoiled beaches in Spain: Caños de la Meca, Conil, Zahara, Bolonia (a large beach with Roman ruins) as well as extensive pine forests within the National Park.
One of the greatest pleasures is simply strolling through Vejer. The narrow winding streets evoke the history and romance of the Arab origins of the town. The old walled city is the most attractive part of the Vejer, with its narrow streets of white-washed houses and charming and colorful patios full of flowers. Don’t miss the typical architecture of Vejer and the small palaces and churches dotted throughout the town. The town is perched on a hill at 200 metres above sea, originally chosen as an excellent defensive position. This means that the town is constructed over many levels and steep climbs are sometimes inevitable for the visitor. This position also gives Vejer a number of places to enjoy panoramic views of the plains beyond the town and also of the town itself and its incomparable white-washed buildings. The wind mills of San Miguel are a magnificent example of this type of traditional construction due to their beauty and conservation. They are located at the highest point of the town. There are several cultural celebrations held throughout the year culminating in August with the Virgen de la Oliva. The area of Vejer is blessed with a number of beautiful natural parks offering enormous possibilities for those looking for more active vacation experience. The natural park of Los Alcornocales is one of the largest in Europe and contains the most important cork forests in Europe.
The park of La Breña and the marshes of the Barbate River, within the municipality of Vejer, represent an ecological treasure of pine forests, dramatic cliffs and one of the few protected coastal areas in the Peninsula.
From Vejer you can walk the various routes through pine forests from the town itself. Particularly worthwhile is the trail leading to the historic Ermita de San Ambrosio, dating from the Visigoth era, located at the foot of San Ambrosio.
Vejer de la Frontera is located on the N-340 motorway from Cádiz to Algeciras. The first and most used access is at Km 34, with a second at km 36 which ends near the Town Hall. The port towns of Algeciras and Tarifa are a few kilometers away, offering ferry service across the Strait of Gibraltar for trips to Africa.