Highlights of Cadiz and the Costa de la Luz in Spain: readers tips - Halong Junk Cruises

Highlights of Cadiz and the Costa de la Luz in Spain: readers tips

Club Ajedrez, Chipiona, Cadiz
‘Once you’re there you won’t want to leave’ … Ajedrez Beach Club bar in Chipiona. Photograph: ID6068998/GuardianWitness

Winning tip: El Faro, Cadiz

A masterclass in traditional tapas. Fish picked off the slab is cooked as you wait in the cool, tiled bar (standing only). If you only eat one thing here it should be the tortillitas de camarones: fritters of tiny shrimps. They’ll burn your fingers but it’s so worth it.

Ajedrez Beach Club, Chipiona, Cadiz

A well kept secret tucked away down a dusty track, this is a superb chiringuito, or beach bar, overlooking the spotless sandy beach of Las Tre Piedras between Rota and Chipiona. Chill out in an exotic atmosphere, complete with resident parrot Carlitos. Under the soft light from giant conch lamps, try the Asian or upmarket Spanish cuisine followed by one of Ibrahim’s mojitos as the sun sets. The only hard part is finding it, but once there you won’t want to leave.

Bienstar, Tarifa

Bienstar, Tarifa

Photograph: facebook.com/bienstartarifa

There’s no better place to chill out than the Bienstar sunset terrace. Its magnificent location, overlooking crashing waves, makes the fresh lobster and sea bass go down a treat. On a good day, you can even see Africa.

Bolonia beach and Baelo Claudia

Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, Bolonia, Cadiz
Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia.
Photograph: Alamy

The stunning (and free to enter) ruins of Baelo Claudia are a great place to visit with the family, since they are mostly open, and children will have a great time playing on them. The rest of the day can be spent on the gorgeous white sands of the windy bay.

NMAC sculpture park, Vejer de la Frontera

NMAC sculpture park, Vejer de la FronteraVisita guiada, James Turrell

Photograph: flickr.com/photos/fundacionnmac/with/8274736434

The James Turrell skyspace is just one of many highlights here. The park has an extensive activities programme, including full moon guided tours.

Bodega Tradición, Jerez

Jerez is famous for its bodegas but Bodega Tradición stands out. It has its own art gallery: an eclectic collection amassed by the original owner, boasting an El Greco, two Goyas and a Velazquez, plus other beautiful works. You get to savour superb wines and an art exhibition in one go.
Monica Murphy

Mountain biking, Los Alcornocales natural park, Tarifa

Mountain biking, Los Alcornocales natural park, Tarifa

Photograph: facebook.com/MtbTarifa

There are many mountain bike trails in this, one of the largest cork forests in the world. Uphill efforts are rewarded with magical views of Tarifa, the Strait of Gibraltar and over to Morocco. Add the fragrance of pine trees and eucalyptus, migrating birds flying above you, and your expedition becomes priceless.
Suzanne van der Veeken

Bar Los Hermanos, Conil

This traditional tapas bar in Conil serves amazing seafood, cold meats, cheeses … great after a day of discovering the numerous secret beaches in the beautiful Conil de la Frontera.
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Samuel Simpson

La Casa del Califa, Vejer de la Frontera

Hotel La Casa del Califa, Vejer, Spain

Photograph: Tim Booth/PR

A beautiful small hotel in a hilltop village. The hotel tastefully draws on the owner’s travels in north Africa, which is a nice touch. Mint tea on one of the roof terraces watching the sunset was a highlight.

La Barrosa beach, Chiclana de la Frontera

Fantastic beach for all, including our young family. Parking is easy and there are gradual steps down to the sand where all signs of life are tucked behind the green dunes. A handful of small cafes are scattered along this vast stretch of beach.

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