Costa de la Luz

Costa de la Luz holidays

Offering up idyllic beach breaks with an authentic Spanish twist, Costa de la Luz rolls nature, history and divine dishes into one. Plus it’s got lots of exciting attractions and parks to explore. Get your fashion fix and local produce in the markets, too. It’s a cultural smorgasbord.

Iberostar Isla Canela Hotel
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£479pp
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  • London Stansted, Sun 14 Oct 2018
  • 7 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Iberostar Isla Canela Hotel

Isla Canela, Costa de la Luz

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Based on 1679 reviews

  • Beachfront
  • Large outdoor pool
  • Beautifully styled hotel
  • All Inclusive Plus option
  • Family room options available
Occidental Isla Cristina
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£563pp
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  • London Stansted, Thu 02 May 2019
  • 7 Nights, Half Board
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Occidental Isla Cristina

Isla Cristina , Costa de la Luz

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Based on 2274 reviews

  • Perfect for relaxation
  • Excellent range of facilities
  • All Inclusive option
  • Close to the beach
  • Large outdoor pool
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Langauge

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around €2

3 course meal

around €40

Flight times

2.5-3.5hrs

Authentic charm

This sun-soaked corner of Spain is a laid-back sort of place, more about traditional tapas bars than neon-lit party strips. Moorish settlements and Roman ruins are among the archaeological attractions waiting to be discovered. Plus you can visit the monastery where Columbus planned his voyage to America!

Natural beauty

The scenery here is postcard-perfect. Pine-cloaked hills roll down towards golden sands and crystal-clear Atlantic waters. There are some jaw-dropping national parks to explore, too. You could even stroll around what’s left of the once-grand Roman city of Baelo Claudia, with its impressive temple, aqueducts and thermal baths.

Costa De La Luz resorts

Isla Canela

Isla Canela is a serene, family-friendly island perfect for a relaxing break, set against a backdrop of wide beaches, sand dunes and salt marshes.

Punta Umbria

A serene, scenic resort surrounded by salt marshes, golden beaches and a river estuary.

Isla Cristina

Combine beach and exploration among nature in this wanderer’s paradise.

Beaches

Isla Canela boasts one of the region’s longest and widest stretches of sand, while Isla Cristina comes with a cluster of beaches backed by dunes and lush pine forests. Playa el Cantil is one of the most family-friendly spots, with views of the nearby lighthouse and salt marshes.

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Isla Canela Beach

Sights

Follow in Columbus’ footsteps at La Rabida monastery near Huelva. The famous explorer stayed here just before he set sail to discover America! Stroll around what’s left of the once-grand Roman city of Baelo Claudia, with its impressive temple, aqueducts and thermal baths. It’s a real collection of culture.

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Ayamonte

Activities

Head to the hills and you’ll find traditional Moorish settlements to explore, as well as a clutch of stunning nature reserves. Doñana National Park near Isla Canela is a real draw, and it’s even one of the few places in Spain you can spot the majestic imperial eagle.

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Guadiana River

Eating and drinking

The region serves up top-notch tapas – Isla Canela even puts on an annual festival to celebrate it. The seafood is equally unmissable. Try the arroz marinero – sailor’s rice – a unique local take on paella. This is also the best place in the world to try sherry, made locally in Jerez.

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Tasty tapas

Tasty tapas

Isla Canela, Costa de la Luz

Tapas are as essential to Spaniards as your five-a-day, and this region is the original home of this mouth-watering array of delicacies. You’ll find local restaurants festooned with platters of grilled fish,...
Raya al pimenton

Raya al pimenton

Isla Cristina , Costa de la Luz

Follow the lead of Isla Cristina locals and feast on their fish speciality of raya al pimenton – also known as skate with peppercorns. You’ll find it popping up on menus at restaurants all over the region. Best...

Shopping

The markets are teeming with treasures if you’re willing to dig a little. You’ll find everything from handmade flamenco dresses to lip-smacking local wines and sherries. Lots of the stalls serve snacks, from cured meats to the sugary-sweet doughnuts known as churros. There are plenty of boutiques, too.

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La Plaza

La Plaza

Isla Canela, Costa de la Luz

Hardcore boutique browsers will revel in the city's wallet-draining shopping hub. La Plaza is home to a large Mercadona supermarket that stocks everything but the kitchen sink – perfect for putting together...
Centro Commercial Abierto

Centro Commercial Abierto

Punta Umbria, Costa de la Luz

At the stylish shopping mall in Punta Umbria, it’ll be a case of where do you start? If you’re looking to splash the cash on some new threads, there’s everything from Armani and Ralph Lauren to Desigual and...

Nightlife

Evenings in Isla Canela and Isla Cristina are all about watching the sunset at a beach bar or sipping cocktails by the marina. If you’re after something a bit livelier, head to the bars and clubs around the harbour in Ayamonte for a bolder taste of Costa de la Luz.

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