El Palmar is one of the most beautiful beaches of Cádiz and one of the few unspoiled stretches of coastline in the province. Here at South Coast one of the main attractions of El Palmar is undoubtedly the surf, which, thanks to the local wind and wave conditions, make it one of the top surf destinations in Spain.
But it’s not just about the surf. The area’s great for a variety of outdoor activities, from just walking or jogging along the beach of fine golden sand, to biking or hiking through the Natural Park of La Breña with its clifftop paths through umbrella pines with beautiful views across the sea towards Morocco. Nature lovers might like guided birdwatching tours or to visit the marshes of Barbate or the wonderful cape of Trafalgar.
And for the more active, there are adventure sports such as paragliding, kite-surfing, canyoning and rock-climbing, horseriding, or treat yourself and rent a yacht for trips along the coast of Cádiz.
The province of Cádiz has a rich culture and history, and was populated even in pre-Roman times by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, while the area marked the frontier in the battle between Moors and Christians which gave local villages such as Vejer de la Frontera and Conil de la Frontera their names–and their distinctive “pueblo blanco” architecture.
Cádiz city itself is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Europe, and although the old town is compact, it has bags of character and is an artistic and cultural delight.
Their are extensive–and impressive–ruins of the ancient Roman city Baelo Claudia at Bolonia, which, with its sweeping bay ending in an enormous sand dune, is one of the highlights of the Costa de la Luz.
And if you are done whale-watching in Tarifa, tasting the freshest tuna in Zahara de los Atunes, or sea-kayaking at Sancti Petri, try heading inland to go trekking in the mountainous Sierra de Grazalema or marvel at how historic Arcos de la Frontera perches on the edge of an enormous cliff.
El Palmar has lots of restaurants and bars open throughout the year, but is really buzzing in the summer with many chill-out bars filled with crowds that gather to watch the sunset.
El Cortijo el Cartero
Mountain biking and hiking
Culinary and Cultural Tours
Kid’s Playground at El Dorado