This is the coast of Western Andalusia – the Provinces of Huelva and Cadiz.
The fine sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz, in the shelter of pine woods, stretch in an arc from Ayamonte to Tarifa, from the mouth of the Guadiana River to the Straits of Gibraltar.
Costa de la Luz is comprised of sand and whitewash and it’s name reflects the intensely bright light which emphasizes the neatness of the streets, the whitewash on the walls, the golden hues of the sand dunes and the silvery reflection of the sea.
Moving inland, you encounter a great variety of different sceneries. There are wild mountain ranges, fertile farmlands, pasturelands where fierce bulls graze, vineyards famed throughout the world, and hidden-away towns where time passes at a lingering pace.
Springtime is an explosion of flowers, popular festivals and festivities held at local shrines. Wintertime, which is cool and sunny, attracts millions of birds to the area.
Nuevo Portil is in the province of Huelva, which runs from the Guadiana River that separates Portugal from Spain to the Guadalquivir River in the east. This part of the Atlantic coastline boasts long, unspoilt sandy beaches backed by pine woods and sand dunes with many protected coastal reserves.
Although exposed, the beaches are not as windswept as the Cadiz section of the coast. The shoreline is punctuated by small fishing ports and modern resorts popular with mainly Spanish and some Portuguese visitors. These resorts are separated by marshes and river estuaries, making travelling rather circuitous.
In July and August, these resorts are busy so if you enjoy a lively atmosphere, this is the time to come so it’s essential to book accommodation well in advance. Outside of the summer months, the pace slows down completely.
With comparatively less visitors than other coastlines in Andalucía, Huelva’s Costa de la Luz can still offer some seemingly virgin beaches where you can find a secluded spot even in summer.
It’s Spain’s best kept secret!