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Es habitual disfrutar del mar en el tiempo libre, ya sea en fines de semana, en vacaciones o en cualquier otro momento. Nuestro tiempo de ocio en la costa y en el mar forma una combinación perfecta con la belleza del entorno costero, dando como resultado un placer para los sentidos y un soplo de oxígeno para nuestro cuerpo y para nuestra mente.
En esta categoría de la web se publican artículos relacionados con la belleza en nuestro tiempo de ocio en la costa. Por un lado, se considera la belleza del entorno natural (vistas, puestas de sol, fauna, etc.). De otra parte, se tiene en cuenta el cuidado de la belleza de nuestro cuerpo en estas zonas vacacionales (bronceadores, protectores y cremas solares, etc.).

Easter holidays in Cadiz

Don't you know what to do in spring in Cadiz? Take a look at this three proposals


Last update: April 26, 2022
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[This article was originally published on March 1, 2022 with the title "Three proposals for your Easter holidays in Cadiz" and it has been adapted and extended for the entire spring and not just for Easter].

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Although for some people it's in the summer itself, for many people the first contact with the sea ocurrs in spring. Sunny days, good temperatures (or our hopes for them), many hours a day of sunlight, walks along the coast, sailing, riding a bike, boat, or ultralight… There're many possibilities in the spring. If you don't know what to do in spring in Cadiz, three proposals are described in this article.. This article focuses mainly on the particularities of activities and places in Cadiz at this beautiful time of year, differentiating it from others, especially from the summer. We hope that you enjoyed the article and we hope also that you was useful for you.

Windsurfing Regatta in Tarifa (Cádiz)

Windsurfing race in Tarifa (Cadiz). Original image from: fotosurf.com

1. Windsurfing in Tarifa (Cadiz), as a nautical activity

Many nautical activitiesare frequently practiced in Cadiz: kayaking, jet skiing, diving, spearfishing, light sailing... The conditions of the Cadiz coast for practicing these activities are amazing. Naturally, there are many other good places for surfing and its derived sports, but the Cadiz coast has many privileged spots where they can be done.

In this context, the conditions of Tarifa, in Cadiz, as the "mecca of the wind", are well known. In Tarifa there are many very good places (or "spots" as they are also known) where windsurfing can be done. If you have never practiced windsurf, then I encourage you to look for a school. There, you will learn faster and better and your safety will be well preserved. There are several windsurf schools around the capital of the wind, especially in the Valdevaqueros Bay, in which we focus on in this article. I have always particularly liked the school of the ION Club, historically located in the area known as "El Tumbao" and currently placed in “El Bibo Beach House, Tarifa”. The club is 200 meters -more or less- far from the N-340 national road at the place known as Casas de Porros (see on the map). You can also rent windsurfing material there, if your level is intermediate or advanced.

There are other windsurf schools in Tarifa . Besides the ION Club, my suggestions are “La Duna“, next to the Dune of the Valdevaqueros Bay (see on the map) and the Spin Out (see on the map). Also, there are other itinerant windsurf schools without a physical location.

Windsurfing in Bolonia (Tarifa), Cádiz

Windsurfing in Bolonia (Tarifa), Cadiz. Image courtesy of Willy Rocha

Below, there are some tips to practice windsurfing in Tarifa in spring.

  • In summer you can navigate with a “shorty” wetsuit, but in spring in Cadiz the water will surely still be quite cold and you will need a full body wetsuit.
  • In March or April the presence of windsurfers (and tourists) is small when compared to July or August, except in the Easter, especially from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday.
  • Although the solar radiation is lower that in the summer, we recommend that you used sunscreen.
  • Please, pay attention to East winds (Levante) in Tarifa which is very common in the area, especially in spring. These wind directions areoffshorein the Atlantic coast of the Strait of Gibraltar. If you had a problem with Levante here, due to an injury or to a material breakage, it will be more difficult to solve, because of the leeway .
  • If you have some knowledge of windsurfing, it will be useful for you to know that what is usually used in this area is small windsurfing stuff, around an average maximum of 5.5m2 of sailing area and an average minimum of 4.0m2, approximately.
  • If what you want is to learn windsurfing on your own or with, for example, an experienced friend, I suggest the mouth of the Río del Valle (see on the map), at high tide. In the spring the water is comfortably “warm” there.
  • In addition to the Valdevaqueros Bay, you can also sail in other places at the coast of Tarifa. With Poniente (Western winds) I would suggest the area known as "Arte and Vida" (see on the map), although you need to have a good level of windsurfing to sail there. And with Levante, you can practice windsurf in Bolonia, near the Serenade beach bar (see on the map).
  • Material thefts are not usually frequent in Tarifa, but pay attention, if you go with your own windsurfing equipment.

2. In spring in Cadiz, ride in a helicopter

From an early age, I loved the Strait of Gibraltar; fantastic views, two seas (one of them as an ocean) and many great events in human history. When I traveled from Algeciras to Ceuta, or the route in the opposite direction, I did it by boat, since there were no alternatives. The distance between the two cities was and still is too short to be done by commercial airplanes. I always thought that the aerial views of this privileged enclave would be impressive. So, I recently thought about the idea of making the Strait of Gibraltar trip by helicopter. I remembered that a few years ago there was a company that offered helicopter routes from Jerez de la Frontera to Ceuta. I searched the Internet and I found that this trip is no longer available… What a pity! However I found the Hélity company, which offers the Algeciras-Ceuta route by helicopter.

No sooner said than done, I booked a return ticket from Ceuta to Algeciras, since I decided to make the little voyage to the African continent by boat, bringing back memories of good old times.

Helicopter over the Strait of Gibraltar

Strait of Gibraltar (Algeciras-Ceuta and Ceuta-Algeciras) by helicopter. Image from: Hélity Copter Airlines

Some tips or personal recommendations for this beautiful journey:

  • for security reasons, you cannot photograph or film the helicopter from the outside and even less to take pictures from the inside. That is the reason why photographs of this trip do not appear in this article. I know it's a pity, but they are the safety regulations. On the positive side, the views will be remain etched on your mind.
  • Also for security reasons, there is a prohibited items list, which you can may read in this web page.
  • The trip time is just fifteen minutes. So, it's too short if you are looking for a leisure activity. At least it was too short for me, since I was used to the seventy-minute boat trip.
  • The cabin is "cozy", since the number of passengers is fifteen, more or less.
  • Don't be scared if the wind is strong, no matter Levante or from any other direction. The travel is safe and the company applies the appropriate safety precautions. Thus, you may focus on enjoying yourself -if you are in your idle time- and on providing you with a comfortable, safe and fast trip, anyway.
  • The Algeciras heliport is located in the same Algeciras port, but Ceuta's heliport is not in the same port, but it is about 2 km from it. I have to confess that for the Ceuta-Algeciras trip I went to the port and not to the Ceuta town heliport and I was near of missing the flight.

Definitely, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar seems to me to be a very original and relatively affordable activity to do in spring in Cadiz.

3. Hiking through cliffs and unspoilt coves on the coast of Cadiz

The coves of Conil de la Frontera (Cadiz) are clustered in two large groups: the Roche or Poniente (West) coves and the Levante (East) coves. The first ones are the furthest from the town of Conil and we have commented them a few weeks ago in this other post.

There are five Levante coves. From West to East they are: Cala (Cove) Melchor, Cala de Los Pitones, Cala de El Sudario, Cala Camacho and Cala de El Puntalejo. The set of the first three coves is known as Calas de El Quinto. With respect to Cala de El Aceite, there are people who prefer to include it within the Levante coves (for example, in this article) and there are also others (read, for example, this other post) that classify it as an intermediate cove between the Levante coves and the Poniente coves, without strictly belonging to neither of the two groups.

Our proposed trial begins at Cala de El Aceite. You should take the CA-4202 road from the Roche residential complex to Conil. You can take this road from Conil to Roche or on the opposite direction. Let's assume the second option. In this case, pass the Roche onlooking tower (if you have time, you may stop there for a while to see the sights) and after 2 km -more or less- you should turn right, taking then the dirty track that leads to Cala de El Aceite, where a campsite and a car park are located (see on the map).

Views from the Roche onlooking tower (Conil)

Views from the Roche onlooking tower (Conil)

Once you leave your car parked, the walking route points to the left (to the East), through a trial that runs along the coast and along a reddish soils cliff which ends at Cala de El Puntalejo.

Levante coves in Conil

Levante coves in Conil

For this activity we would like to point the following tips.

  • In summer these coves, although they are not exploited for tourism, become overcrowded. Outside of the summer season, they are very quiet places, thus becoming ideal destinations and routes to do in the spring in Cadiz.
  • Because of their peace, they are very suitable for the practice of nudism.
  • Due to their orientation, these coves protect against North winds and against winds with a North component. They can also help somewhat in terms of Levante protection. On the other hand, we do not recommend them with West winds and/or with South component winds.
  • On these beaches, fine golden sand alternates with rocks and stones. It may be a good idea to wear shoes that protect against blows. Some booties may be very useful.
  • The accesses to these coves are steep. So, we do not recommend them for people with reduced mobility. We contacted the Conil Town Hall to let us know about them and they recommended not to try to go down to Cala Melchor, Cala de Los Pitones and Cala del Sudario, since the access to them is very difficult.
  • They have no beach services, such as lifeguards or beach bars. So, we recommend you to be careful and also to bring enough water and drinks, although not too much, to avoid too much weight.
  • Sometimes it may be possible to have lack of telephone signal.

Have you already decided what to do in spring in Cadiz? Whether the answer is yes or no (or you are still in doubt), we would like to read you in the comments.

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Can you imagine enjoying a luxury vacation in the purest European style? Choose one of our 5 best winter destinations in Europe

Image of Val d'Isère (France) taken from nortlander.se

Last update: January 9, 2022
Last update: January 9, 2022

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En una web donde se habla de ocio y belleza, y en estas fechas tan señaladas, no podía faltar un artículo sobre los mejores destinos de invierno en Europa para pasar una experiencia de lujo. Nos ha sido muy difícil seleccionar 5 destinos de entre todos los muchos nombres que se nos pasan por nuestra mente. Hemos tenido que dejar fuera de esta selección lugares maravillosos como Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Baqueira Beret, Courchevel o incluso destinos para vacaciones de invierno que son típicamente veraniegos, como Saint-Tropez, o Marbella, los cuales también conservan en otoño/invierno buena parte de su glamour estival. Así que más allá de estas opciones, en este artículo te hemos seleccionado cinco destinos exclusivos para tu tiempo de ocio invernal, en los cuales se fusionan la belleza del lujo y la belleza natural. Naturalmente existen muchos otros enclaves que podrían tener cabida aquí, pero esperamos que con esta selección te demos ideas para darte un buen capricho en estas fechas.

1. Val d’Isère (Francia)

Val d’Isère, en pleno corazón de los Alpes, es famosa como estación de esquí. Conjuntamente con su vecina Tignes, ambas forman el área de esquí llamada Espacio Killy. El nivel de integración entre las dos es tal, que las convierten en una de las áreas de esquí más grandes de Europa y, por tanto, en una de las mejores propuestas si buscas vacaciones para esquiar.

A muy pocos km de la frontera con Italia, esta estación, con una muy animada calle principal, tiene hoteles y spas de lujo, boutiques de alta gama y una amplia oferta de actividades alternativas al esquí. Aquí podrás practicar escalada, squash, natación o poner a tono tus músculos en el gimnasio.

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Hotel de lujo en Val d’Isère. Imagen tomada de spanishtourism.es

Te hemos seleccionado algunos sitios web que consideramos interesantes en caso de quieras información adicional sobre este glamouroso destino invernal. Te indicamos también el idioma principal de cada uno.

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2. Vacaciones en Meloneras (Gran Canaria, España)

La isla de Gran Canaria es una de las ocho islas que conforman el archipiélago canario de España. Estas islas son altamente turísticas por su belleza y, fundamentalmente, por sus magníficas temperaturas durante todo el año, incluso en invierno. Cuando gran parte de Europa está bajo los efectos de la nieve invernal, en estas islas se puede disfrutar de un turismo de playa a 20 °C, lo que hace uno de los mejores destinos de playa en invierno.

Dentro de este entorno se encuentra Meloneras, situada en el suroeste de Gran Canaria. Es un lugar tranquilo y lujoso, cercano a Maspalomas (referente turístico de la isla), pero menos masificado y más selecto y refinado. Meloneras está repleto de prestigiosas joyerías, elegantes boutiques, campo de golf y un gran casino . Y todo ello en combinación con hoteles de alta categoría y centros donde el turista puede someterse a tratamientos de belleza exclusivos. Te recomendamos este hotel:

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Hotel Lopesan Baobab Resort, Meloneras. Gran Canaria (España)

Si lo deseas puedes encontrar más información sobre Meloneras en los siguientes sitios de Internet.

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3. Karlovy Vary, República Checa, uno de los mejores destinos de invierno en Europa por excelencia.

Karlovy Vary es una de las ciudades más importantes de la región del mismo nombre, en la Bohemia, ubicada en la República Checa. Esta región es famosa por el glamour de sus ciudades-spa con una amplia oferta de wellness, campos de golf y centros de esquí.

Tanto la región como la ciudad del mismo nombre -visitadas por reyes, emperadores y zares- tienen una dilatada historia por las aguas de sus manantiales termales y minerales para tratamientos medicinales y de bienestar. Debido a su famoso festival cinematográfico, también estrellas de Hollywood se han acercado por esta ciudad, dejándose mimar por los exclusivos tratamientos de sus resorts y balnearios. Estos hechos son motivo suficientes para que sea uno de los mejores destinos de invierno en Europa.

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Lujo en el Spa Hotel Thermal de Karlovy Vary (República Checa).

En Internet puedes encontrar bastante información sobre esta bella ciudad. Nosotros hemos seleccionado para ti los siguientes sitios web:

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4. St. Moritz (Suiza)

Otro de los posibles destinos de invierno en Europa es la ciudad alpina de St. Moritz. Aquí, un hotel fabuloso que te recomendamos es el Hotel Schweizerhof St. Moritz

A casi 1900 metros sobre el nivel del mar, es una de las estaciones de esquí más famosas del mundo. Siempre se ha la asociado con la belleza natural de su entorno, la elegancia, el lujo, y los eventos deportivos.

Aquí los deportes de invierno gozan de una gran tradición. Aparte del esquí, se pueden practicar una gran variedad de deportes que van desde el golf hasta el curling, sin olvidar el polo sobre nieve.

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Polo en St. Moritz (Suiza). Imagen tomada de iamexpat.ch

Desde St. Moritz puedes iniciar el trayecto, de más de siete horas, del legendario tren panorámico Glacier Express, que conecta St. Moritz y Zermatt, en un recorrido fantástico que va de los Alpes suizos orientales a los occidentales.

Te invitamos a disponer de más información sobre esta bella ciudad alpina en los siguiente sitios de Internet:

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5. Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italia)

Cortina d’Ampezzo se encuentra en medio de Los Dolomitas, Italia. Actualmente es un enclave invernal muy frecuentado por la jet-set internacional. ¿Qué es lo que le hace ser uno de los mejores destinos de Europa en invierno? Puede ser por el glamuroso ambiente que sus famosas pistas de esquí generan; y por los coches de lujo y los abrigos de pieles de las personas que lo frecuentan. Hablar de Cortina d’Ampezzo es hablar de relax, lujo y estilo italiano. Te recomendamos este hotel.

Hotel de Lujo en Cortina D'Ampezzo

Hotel Villa Blu Cortina D’Ampezzo en Cortina D’Ampezzo (Italia)

Esta localidad dolomítica acoge tiendas exclusivas donde se puede encontrar lo mejor de la alta moda italiana, joyas y antigüedades. Ir de tiendas en Cortina es un rito que no debes pasar por alto.

Cuando termines de esquiar y de comprar, puedes completar tu estancia de ocio y belleza visitando los tres museos de la ciudad, todos ubicados en el mismo edificio: el Museo de Arte Moderno, el Museo Paleontológico y el Museo Etnográfico.

De entre los muchos sitios web que proporcionan extensa descripción detallada de Cortina, te hemos seleccionado éstos por si deseas información adicional:

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¿Qué te ha parecido nuestra propuesta de los mejores destinos de invierno en Europa para pasar unas vacaciones diferentes y a todo lujo? Cuéntanos, ¿qué otros destinos exclusivos seleccionarías para tu tiempo de ocio invernal en Europa? Nos encantaría tener en cuenta tus experiencias y ampliar este artículo en el futuro. Te leemos en los comentarios.

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Our proposal of the best beaches in Cádiz for autumn and winter

Last updated: December 2, 2021
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Las versiones en inglés y francés de este artículo están en fase de elaboración

La costa de Cádiz es un destino fabuloso para disfrutar de nuestro merecido tiempo de ocio. Tendemos a asociar sus playas a la temporada de verano, lo cual es en muy buena parte lógico. Sin embargo, también podemos disfrutarlas y hacer uso de nuestro tiempo libre en otras épocas del año como invierno y otoño. En este artículo te hablamos de tres de las mejores playas de Cádiz, junto con algunos tips o recomendaciones, ya que cada una tiene sus peculiaridades. Por supuesto, esta selección no quiere decir que no haya otras playas muy recomendables. Hay otras como La Barrosa y Sancti Petri, en Chiclana, que pueden resultar muy atractivas en temporada baja, pero eso te lo contamos en otro artículo al que puedes acceder desde aquí. Su urbanización de lujo Novo Sancti Petri, las playas de Conil, las de Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes… Si deseas consultarnos o matizar algo acerca de estas playas u otras de Cádiz en otoño/invierno, con gusto te atenderemos si rellenas el formulario de comentarios de más abajo al final de este artículo.

1. Playa de Valdevaqueros, Tarifa – Una de las mejores playas de Cádiz por excelencia

Estamos convencidos de que si preguntas cuál es la mejor playa de Cádiz en la mayoría de las ocasiones te responderán la playa de Valdevaqueros. ¡Y no es para menos! Valdevaqueros es considerada, si no la mejor playa de Cádiz, una de las más famosas y conocidas por los aficionados a deportes acuáticos, como el windsurf o el kitesurf. No en vano está enclavada en Tarifa, la meca del viento en Cádiz.

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Windsurf y kitesurf en Valdevaqueros en otoño e invierno

Accesos a la Playa de Valdevaqueros

La playa tiene varios accesos y te recomendamos unos u otros en función de lo que deseas. Si lo que buscas es un estilo bohemio, en plan autocaravana y lejos del mundanal ruido, te sugerimos una zona próxima a la duna de Punta Paloma. En cambio, en el acceso del conocido como El Tumbao el ambiente suele ser más de turismo tradicional, especialmente de juventud.

Paseos y caminatas en Valdevaqueros

Esta playa es muy recomendable para ello, sobre todo cuando hay marea baja. La mayor pega es el Levante (viento del este); si sopla de moderado a fuerte no te la recomendamos ya que hay alternativas mejores. También desemboca en esta playa un pequeño riachuelo, llamado Río del Valle, junto a la duna de Punta Paloma. Con marea alta, te puede incomodar en tu paseo.

Tomar el sol en la Playa de Valdevaqueros

En otoño e invierno las temperaturas bajan bastante y necesitarás algún sitio guarecido de vientos. No es tan fácil encontrar sitios así en esta playa, así que te aconsejamos buscar alternativas mejores, por ejemplo, las Calas de Conil. No olvides proteger tu piel aplicando un spray o crema multifunción que además te proteja del frío en temporada baja. Te contamos más sobre nuestra recomendación de productos de cosmética aquí.

Windsurf y kitesurf en Valdevaqueros

Si lo que buscas son estos deportes acuáticos de deslizamiento, esta playa te encantará, aún más en kitesurf, por la cantidad extraordinaria de cometas que puedes ver aquí.
Por el contrario, si lo que deseas es hacer surf tienes mejores alternativas como la Playa de El Palmar o la Playa de la Yerbabuena. Para navegar aquí en windsurf o kitesurf es bastante aconsejable tener un nivel medio/alto, aunque para nivel de iniciación puedes practicar en la desembocadura del Río del Valle con marea alta. Con Levante esta playa no es aconsejable, a menos que tengas buen nivel, ya que es un viento que te aleja de la costa en caso de lesión o de rotura de material. De todos modos, no tengas miedo, aunque sí precaución, ya que suele haber muchos windsurfs y kitesurfs que te pueden echar una mano en caso de problemas.

2. Playa de la Yerbabuena (Barbate)

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Playa de la Yerbabuena, Barbate

Acceso a la Playa de la Yerbabuena

El acceso quizás más cómodo y que más se suele emplear es el más cercano al puerto del pueblo de Barbate. Puedes dejar tu coche en un parking que hay junto a la carretera A-2233, que une Barbate con Caños de Meca. En verano este parking se llena rápidamente y es muy difícil encontrar aparcamiento libre. Sin embargo, en otoño e invierno es mucho más fácil encontrar sitio libre en él.

Paseos y caminatas en la Playa de la Yerbabuena

Puedes pasear por la orilla de esta playa, pero quizás te resulte demasiado corta para una caminata larga. Además, el viento de Levante entra con fuerza sin que haya parapetos que lo contengan. Una alternativa que te puede resultar interesante es realizar senderismo por el Sendero de la Breña, que recorre buena parte de los Acantilados de Barbate. El inicio de la caminata se suele realizar desde el parking más lejano al puerto de Barbate, lugar en el que puedes dejar el coche aparcado con mucha más facilidad que en verano.

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Sendero de la Breña junto a los Acantilados de Barbate y con vistas de la Playa de la Yerbabuena

Tomar el sol en la Playa de la Yerbabuena

Puedes tomar el sol en esta playa, aunque te recomendamos hacerlo únicamente con brisas y marea baja. Si sopla de moderado a fuerte el viento de Levante o el de Poniente creemos que no es la mejor opción para el otoño y el invierno. En cambio, con vientos del Norte -frecuentes en otoño e invierno- puedes encontrar buen cobijo al final de la playa, en las faldas de los inicios de los Acantilados de Barbate.

Surf en la Playa de la Yerbabuena

Esta playa es una de las “mecas” del surf en la costa de Cádiz. En cambio, no reúne las mejores condiciones para la práctica de deportes como el windsurf o el kitesurf. Las mejores condiciones para el surf aquí son con vientos del Norte, del Este o del NorEste (los cuales son frecuentes en otoño e invierno) y con mar de fondo del SurOeste. La ola de aquí es de derechas. Puedes saber más acerca de esta playa para surf en la web de surf-forecast.com.

3. Cala de El Enebro (Calas de Roche, Conil)

La cala de El Enebro es una de las calas de Conil. Las calas de esta localidad costera se agrupan en dos conjuntos de calas: las calas de Poniente, llamadas también de Roche, y las calas de Levante. Las primeras son las más alejadas del pueblo de Conil y son en total siete. De Norte a Sur son:

  • Cala Encendida,
  • Cala de El Áspero,
  • Cala de El Frailecillo,
  • Cala de El Enebro,
  • Cala de El Pato,
  • Cala de El Tío Juan de Medina,
  • Cala de El Faro.
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Aunque cada una de estas calas tiene sus peculiaridades todas comparten una característica en común como, por ejemplo, ser las mejores playas de Cádiz sin viento de Levante, o al menos servir como opciones interesantes para estar protegidos contra el mismo. En este artículo hemos seleccionado la Cala de El Enebro, pero muchos tips para esta cala valdrían también para el resto.

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Tranquilidad y buen clima en la Cala de El Enebro

Acceso a la Cala El Enebro

El mejor sitio para dejar aparcado tu coche es en una pequeña bolsa de aparcamiento en la carretera CA-4202 que une el pueblo de Conil con la urbanización residencial de Roche. En otoño e invierno resulta bastante fácil encontrar aparcamiento. Una vez aparcado hay un camino de tierra de unos 100 metros hasta llegar a la escalera de bajada a la cala.

Paseos y caminatas en la Cala de El Enebro

Esta cala, como todas las calas de Conil, es de reducidas dimensiones, por lo que no son adecuadas para caminatas, a no ser que se trate de paseos cortos. Una posibilidad alternativa para paseos más largos consiste en recorrer los senderos que conectan las calas, los cuales discurren por la parte superior del acantilado.

Tomar el sol en la Cala de El Enebro

El punto fuerte de esta cala reside en su estupenda orientación para ofrecer protección contra los vientos de Levante y Norte. Los últimos son frecuentes en invierno y otoño. Sin duda os la recomendamos si lo que deseas es tomar el sol sin que notes el viento.

Surf y otros deportes acuáticos en la Cala de El Enebro

Las calas de Conil en general, y en particular esta cala, no te las recomendamos para deportes tales como el surf, el windsurf o el kitesurf. Además de ser una zona rocosa, son calas de reducidas dimensiones y de complicado acceso para transportar el material correspondiente.

Esperamos que te haya gustado nuestra propuesta de las tres mejores playas de Cádiz. La verdad es que la costa gaditana tiene una amplia variedad de opciones para disfrutar fuera de la época veraniega. Hay muchas otras alternativas en la bella costa de Cádiz, pero creemos que entre estas tres propuestas cubrimos los distintos deseos y propósitos para pasar aquí tu tiempo de ocio. Desde la búsqueda de playas donde el viento sea deseable, hasta la protección frente al mismo, pasando por actividades alternativas como el surf o el senderismo. Esperamos que hayas disfrutado de la lectura del artículo y que te haya resultado útil. No dudes en contactarnos si tuvieras alguna duda que no hayas encontrado resuelta hasta ahora.

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Nautical activities in the Caño de Sancti Petri

The beauty of Chiclana's beaches (part II)

Last update: January 9, 2022
Part I: 7 minutes read | Part II: 6 minutes

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This post is the second part of the article about the beauty of the Chiclana coast, whose first part you can read here. And remember that I do not pretend just to proclaim the excellence of this place; I would like to offer information that may be useful for you and that you can not find easily on the Internet.

Part I. Chiclana (Cádiz). The beauty of its coast (part I)

  1. Chiclana de la Frontera, La Barrosa beach, Novo Sancti Petri ...
    Where are they and how do you recommend to get there?
  2. Sancti Petri, Novo Sancti Petri, Chiclana, La Barrosa beach
    Differences? Are they the same?
  3. Temperatures? Wind? What kind of weather can I find?

Part II. This post

  1. I can choose the Chiclana's part to go to. Which part do you recommend for me?
  2. What nautical activities can I practice, when to do them and where?
  3. More information? References and Notes

I can choose the Chiclana's part to go to. Which part do you recommend for me?

If you asked me which area of ​​Chiclana I recommend you go, I would tell you that it depends. Perhaps you would like a traditional tourism with reservation, for example, flights, accommodation and transfers between hotel and airport. In this case, let me suggest that you opt for the hotel and apartment offer of Novo Sancti Petri. You will have all the no excessively crowded comforts of a tourist complex, without giving up a natural environment.

If you are going to have a vehicle, either own or of rental, you will have ease to move around the area and you will be able to taste the best of every part of the Chiclana coast.

In case you are looking for bars, restaurants, shopping or relaxed walking and without further complications for a promenade I would suggest you La Barrosa beach, between the First Pista (track) and the second one. It is the liveliest part, especially in summer.

The part of La Barrosa that is between the Second Pista and the third one is a trade-off area between the Novo Sancti Petri tourist complex and the animation of the promenade. I recommend you this part if you are not looking for an excessively hotel environment and in case you do not want so much noise.

If what you want is to see impressive views from a rugged cliff, I would recommend that you move along the Farallón de Laja Bermeja, either along the shore -at low tide- or from the top of the cliff.

At the top of the cliff I would suggest you visit the Hercules viewpoint (see on the map). You can contemplate from here the same natural setting that the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans could see more than two millennia ago.

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Hercules viewpoint. The Castle of Sancti Petri is at the background

Also, if you visit this viewpoint on the March and September equinoxes you will see the Sun setting exactly in the Castle of Sancti Petri.

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Sunset on the Northern Hemisphere fall equinox, September 21, 2021. The Sun sets in the Castle of Sancti Petri

Lavaculos beach is a semi urban and intermediate area, alternating sand and rocks. It may not be comfortable for you to walk along the shore because there are many stones and rocks, especially when you are approaching to the cliff, but if you are looking for tranquility it is the ideal place.

The area of ​​the mouth of the Caño de Sancti Petri is usually quite lively in summer. Personally, it is not my favorite area from the point of view of natural beauty. On the other hand, it is a very appropriate area if you are looking to carry out nautical activities. I will talk about them in the next section.

What nautical activities can I practice, when to do them and where?

The Chiclana coast is an amazing setting for practicing nautical activities. Here are some of my suggestions in this regard.

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Nautical activities one day in July in the Caño de Sancti Petri

The surf and bodyboard are on La Barrosa beach, because on Sancti Petri beach, especially in the Caño area, you don't have good waves. For surfing I suggest the area near the Second Track or Pista (see on the map). Besides, surf lessons are usually taught in this area. There is parking next to the Spanish Red Cross, although in summer it is difficult to find a place to park there. You can also practice surf in Novo Sancti Petri, between the Third Pista (see on the map) and the Torre del Puerco (see on the map).

The best conditions for surfing in La Barrosa are with West South West swell, in combination with East North East winds. The waves break left and right here.

You can also practice paddle surfin La Barrosa beach, although it can be dangerous with east winds -Levante-. Also watch out for the waves and the breaker.

I do not recommend surfing or any nautical activity in the Lavaculos beach, because of the rocks near the Farallón de Laja Bermeja.

You can practice windsurf or kitesurf in La Barrosa beach, although it's not frequent to do these activities here, since the shore break can be big. People usually navigate at the mouth of the CAÑO DE SANCTI PETRI, but please, BE CAUTIOUS. When the TIDE is GOING DOWN, the pipe is emptying and there are streams in the direction of the open sea. It can be DANGEROUS, especially with high tidal coefficients (coefficient greater than 0.70). It can be even more dangerous when, in addition, the prevailing wind has an important NORTH component.

East winds -Levante- can also be dangerous; a certain level is required to get back to where you started. If you are going to sail with Levante, I recommend that you stay inside the Caño. Anyway East winds do not have the best directions here with respect to the shore. With strong Levante the local experts usually go between the Castle (see on the map) and the breakwater (see on the map), since there are good waves to jump there, but if you do not have enough skills or know little about the area, I do not recommend it.

On the opposite side, towards the inside of the Caño, you also have to be careful with the mud on the banks. It is very soft and it can be difficult to get out of it.

There are several parking lots and accesses to the beach in the Caño de Sancti Petri area, from the one closest to the Poblado de Sancti Petri (see on the map) to the furthest one (see on the map).

With respect to ​​Punta del Boquerón (see on the map), windsurfing or kitesurfing there is not easy. You have to know the spot well and you have to go at the right times. To navigate there, I would recommend you have a good level and let the locals advise you.

The best conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing in the Caño de Sancti Petri are with West Winds (Poniente), rising tide and small tidal coefficients (less than 0.70). Anyway, with any type of weather conditions, the water inside the Caño is flat.

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Windsurfing in the foreground and kitesurfing in the background at the mouth of the Caño de Sancti Petri

In the Caño de Sancti Petri you can also sail in a canoe; it's very frequent here the practice of kayak. However, I have experience in windsurfing and sailing, but in kayak I cannot say the same. I would suggest you read this kayak website in Sancti Petri. As a summary of what you can read there, I will tell you that, due to the presence of important streams, it is advisable to plan routes based on the tides, especially with high tidal coefficients (greater than 0.70).

More information? References and Notes

In this section I provide you with clarifications in the form of observations and websites where you can find additional information about the Chiclana coast. I hope it can be useful to you.

[1] The Typical Weather Anywhere on Earth – Weather Spark. Cedar Lake Ventures, Inc., ©2018 [Accessed: August 18, 2021]. Available at weatherspark.com.
It is a website with typical climates from anywhere in the world and that can be used to obtain climate data for Chiclana.

[2] QUIJANO, Eduardo. Sancti-Petri Kayak: Notes on kayaking through Sancti-Petri [online]. Sancti-Petri Kayak, undated [accessed: August 18, 2021]. Available in: http://www.sanctipetrikayak.com/2015/04/apuntes-sobre-navegacion-en-kayak-por.html.

[3] Chiclana de la Frontera | Cadiz | Chiclana Holidays. Ygoo, S.A., © undated [accessed: August 18, 2021]. Available in: https://chiclana.costasur.com/.
This website provides guides and tourist information as well as reservations for accommodation, transportation or activities, in this case of Chiclana and its coast.

[4] JANSSOM, Janus. Kitesurfing in Sancti Petri and Punta del Boquerón // Learn about the Spot [online]. Surf Kite House, February 5, 2018 [accessed: August 18, 2021]. Available in: https://surfkitehouse.es/kitesurf-en-sancti-petri/.
This is a post about kitesurfing from the blog of a Kitesurfing, Surfing and SUP / Paddle Surf school, based in Chiclana.

[5] Wave Forecasts and World Surf Reports | Surf-Forecast.com. Meteo365 dot com c / o The AMS Group, © undated [accessed: 21 August 2021]. Available in: https://es.surf-forecast.com/
It is a website that provides forecasts, reports and useful webcams for surfing.

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Chiclana Beaches

The beauty of Chiclana's beaches (part I)


Last update: January 9, 2022
Part I: 7 min read | Part II: 5 min

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Is this just one more website about visiting places? No. This is what I am not pretending to do. I would like to offer you some additional information -about the coast of Chiclana de la Frontera, in this case- that could be useful to you and very difficult to find on the Internet. Did you know that Novo Sancti Petri is not in Sancti Petri? Would you like to now which zone in the coast of Chiclana and what weather conditions are the best to practice windsurf ? Do you want to know how protect yourself from the wind at the Chiclana's beaches? If you are interesting, I invite you to read this article that contains two parts. You will enjoy it, trust me and also I hope that it was useful for you.

Part I. This post

  1. Chiclana de la Frontera, La Barrosa beach, Novo Sancti Petri ...
    Where are they and how do you recommend to get there?
  2. Sancti Petri, New Sancti Petri, Chiclana, la Barrosa
    Differences? Are they the same?
  3. Temperatures? Wind? What kind of weather can I find?

Part II: Chiclana (Cádiz). The beauty of its coast (part II)

  1. I can choose the Chiclana's part to go to. Which part do you recommend for me?
  2. What nautical activities can I practice, when to do them and where?
  3. More information? References and Notes

Chiclana de la Frontera, La Barrosa beach, Novo Sancti Petri ...
Where are they and how do you recommend to get there?

With the search tools that are on the web today, it may not be too useful for you to tell you where is, for example, Novo Sancti Petri from Chiclana. I would like to offer some additional information and try to help you in your search for beautiful places for your leisure time, whether you are German, French, English or Spanish.
If you are Spanish -or you are not but you have been living in our country for a long time- I am not going to explain you where is Andalusia and how you can reach there, although you can always ask me through the comments.
If you are not Spanish and have read this far, you may be interested to know, for example, that Novo Sancti Petri in Chiclana is located in Andalusia. This region of southern Spain can offer you, among other things, nice and sunny weather, with very pleasant temperatures throughout the year.
To reach Chiclana the airport that may interest you the most is Jerez de la Frontera, which is about 60 km away, mostly by highway in very good condition. You can also consider the possibility of the important Malaga airport, just over 200 km away or the Seville one about 150 km away.
I do not extend more in this section since there are many and very good websites that can provide you with more information about it.

Sancti Petri, New Sancti Petri, Chiclana, la Barrosa
Differences? Are they the same?

To explain the different parts of the Chiclana coast, the following simplified map may be useful to you

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The coast of Chiclana

Chiclana has two beaches (playas, in Spanish): Sancti Petri beach and La Barrosa beachBut beware: Novo Sancti Petri is not in Sancti Petri but in La Barrosa. El Novo is not itself a beach, but a tourist complex of 5 star exclusive hotels and also 4 star hotels, apartments, shopping centers and golf courses.

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Hotel in Novo Sancti Petri

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Golf course in Novo Sancti Petri

La Barrosa beach has many accesses, but the important ones are called pistas. Looking towards the sea, on the right you can see the beginning of a cliff called the Farallón de Laja Bermeja. Well then: the First Pista (see on the map) is at the beginning of the Farallón.

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Farallón de Laja Bermeja, at low tide, seen from the First Pista or Track of La Barrosa beach

With respect to the Second Pista or Track (see on the map) you can easily locate it, since it is next to the Red Cross post in La Barrosa. The Third Pista (see on the map) may not be so easy to locate. If you asked me "where is the Third Pista?", I would tell you to look for Calle Vespasiano on your GPS navigator.
The area between the First Track and the second has a long promenade, gardens, shops, restaurants, bars and places for leisure. Without a doubt, I would tell you that it is the liveliest area of ​​La Barrosa.

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Promenade of La Barrosa beach

Between the Second Track and the third you find mainly residential areas. From the Third Track to a 16th century tower -called Torre del Puerco (see on the map) -, you have La Barrosa at Novo Sancti Petri.

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Playa de la Barrosa. Novo Sancti Petri tourist complex

With respect to, not Novo Sancti Petri, but Sancti Petri, it is separated from La Barrosa beach by the cliffs of Farallón de Laja Bermeja.

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Farallón de Laja Bermeja

At low tide you can walk from the Sancti Petri beach to the Barrosa beach and it is a hike that, personally, I really like.

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Walk between Sancti Petri beach and La Barrosa beach

At Sancti Petri you have two different areas. From the Laja Bermeja cliff to an artificial breakwater (see on the map) there is a virgin beach that many people know as Lavaculos beach. In this, there seem to be discrepancies between those who call only this beach Lavaculos and those who call the entire Sancti Petri beach Lavaculos, including the northernmost area of ​​the breakwater.

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Lavaculos beach views from the Farallón de Laja Bermeja

Beyond the breakwater you can find the mouth of a pipe -the Caño de Sancti Petri-, which you can also use as a beach, although I would recommend you to be careful with its STREAMS. The most DANGEROUS STREAMS are formed at high tidal coefficients and when the tide is lowing down.

At the mouth of the pipe you can find the Poblado de Sancti Petri -an old fishing village-, in which there is a marina as well as schools and rental sites for windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and other nautical activities. In Part II of this article you can find more details of these nautical activities.

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Sunset in the Caño de Sancti Petri

From the Caño you can also see an islet -the Islote de Sancti Petri-, about 2.5 miles from the coast of the fishing village, where you can find the Castillo de Sancti Petri (see on the map), a fortification dating from the 17th century.

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Castillo de Sancti Petri, seen from the other bank of the Caño

One place that deserves special attention is the Punta del Boquerón (see on the map). This point is a cape located on the southern limit of Camposoto beach, which does not belong to Chiclana but to San Fernando (an adjoining municipality).

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Punta del Boquerón, on the other bank of the Caño de Sancti Petri

The Caño de Sancti Petri has two banks: that one from Sancti Petri and the shore of Punta del Boquerón. Punta del Boquerón cannot be reached on foot from Sancti Petri; one way to get there is from Camposoto walking south. Another way to do it is by sea using some kind of boat.

Temperatures? Wind? What kind of weather can I find? [1]

If you are interested in knowing something about the temperature and the possibility of rain in these latitudes, I will tell you that you should not be too worry; instead: perhaps what you are looking for, above all, is sunny weather and pleasant temperatures. In Chiclana and its surroundings you will have this almost all year round.

During the summer you will rarely find a maximum temperature above 30 °C (86 °F) in the middle of the day. Even so, you already know how important it is to protect yourself from solar radiation, especially in these latitudes during the central hours of the day. At night, temperatures do not usually drop below 18 °C (65 °F, approximately).

Spring and fall are somewhat cooler - but not much cooler - with highs around 20 ° C (68 ° F) and lows around 14 ° C (57 ° F).

If you are used to winters in Germany, France or England, I don't think the weather factor will bother you too much even in winter, where temperatures range from approximately 16 °C (60 °F, approximately) to the 10°C at night (about 50°F). Of course: although here it is moderate, the cold and also the wind can harm your skin.

In this corner of Andalusia perhaps the windsurfing and kitesurfing, whether can be in frequency and intensity, is the most notable meteorological characteristic. Levante -East wind- is the predominant one in the area, followed by Poniente -western wind-. But don't worry: there are places where you can take shelter from the wind.

If you want to protect yourself from the Levante, I would suggest you at the foot of the Farallón de Laja Bermeja, yes: at low tide. If you are in La Barrosa, a good option is next to the First Track, as close as possible to the Farallón. In winter the north wind usually blows, which is cold compared to the usual temperatures of the Chiclana coast. With this wind, again, at the foot of the cliff is the best option.

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Place to protect yourself from the Levante, at the foot of Laja Bermeja

To protect you from the Levant and the North calas (coves) of Conil, about 15 minutes by car, can be a good alternative. All these coves protect from the Levante, although there is one that can come in handy if it is Poniente blowing: if you go to the Cala del Aceite and you place yourself on the opposite sidesee on the map) of the access on foot, you will hardly notice the wind.

Outside of the summer season, I do not recommend going to the Cala del Aceite with Levante -or with Norte- or the rest of the coves in Conil with Poniente.

If you have a swimming pool, this may also be a good option, especially in summer and with Levante wind.

So far the part I of this article is dedicated to the beauty of the Chiclana coast. If you are still interested, I suggest you read the second part.

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