The beautiful beaches and unspoilt countryside of Andalusia’s western coast makes for a sensational trip in a Flamenco Campervan. So, hit the road, and discover Southern Spain’s wild west!
Choose this road trip holiday if you are looking to experience a relaxed and bohemian part of Spain. A place that is home to surf culture; where visitors and athletes from all over the world come to kite and wind surf.
This stunningly beautiful part of western Andalucia is also home to exceptional beaches, forests of Mediterranean pines and cork oaks, quintessential Andalusian white villages, and one of the most important wetland National Parks in Europe. It’s also a great area for foodies, with lots of local cuisine using regional ingredients, from tasty tapas, the very best gourmet ham, to fino sherry and crisp white wines.
Where It Is
Andalusia’s wild west is the renowned Costa de la Luz; or Coast of Light, that runs from the strait of Gibraltar, in Cadiz province, along the Atlantic coast up to the beautiful Doñana National park.
This road trip will take you to the very southernmost point of Europe, where Spain almost touches Africa! You will be able to look out across the Strait and see the Rif mountains of Morocco; a thrilling sight.
This chilled, relaxed part of Cadiz province has understandably been christened Spain’s Cadizfornia – the perfect Flamenco Campers destination!
How to Get There
The journey to Spain’s Cadizforna from our Flamenco Campers office will take about 2 hours. It is easy to incorporate this itinerary into other road trips across Andalusia – just ask us for advice when you pick up your Flamenco Camper.
From our offices, join the AP7 motorway, which follows the Andalusian coast down to Gibraltar and onto the fishing town of Tarifa.
Town of Interest – Tarifa
This port town is at the southernmost point of Europe and well worth a visit. There is secure, open-air parking with lots of space near the old Arab fort, as you head into the town. Once you’ve parked your Flamenco Camper, you can be in the charming old town within a few minutes’ walk.
This is a wonderful place to enjoy classic tapas or a set lunch (called a ‘menú del día’) in one of the many bars and restaurants that line the cobbled streets.
If you have time, walk past the ferry and fishing port to the causeway that leads out to the ‘Isla de las Palomas’. This is the beginning of the Strait of Gibraltar, where you will be in a unique position of having the Mediterranean Sea on one side of the causeway, (to your east), and the Atlantic Ocean, on the other side, (to the west).
Places to Eat/Drink
- La Casona – just off the main street for a good-value, home-made ‘menu del dia.
- Bar Rico – in old town, for no-nonsense local tapas.
- Restaurante Souk – west of the town centre, for an exotic north African/ Al Andalus vibe. Menu of Moroccan inspired dishes, and good wine list.
- El Chiringuito Tarifa – by the causeway, for mojitos and sundowners
As you drive out of Tarifa you will be passing some of the most stunning coastline in Europe. Here are some ideas of some memorable beaches to visit.
Punta Paloma is about 10km west of Tarifa; a vast natural monument, a moving sand dune that is cutting through the coastal pine forests. Here you’ll find plenty of parking for your campervan. You will be sure to meet like-minded travellers here, but bare in mind that overnight stays are not legally permitted at these beachside parking areas. Please choose one of the nearby campsites.
With the continents of Africa and Europe so close here at the strait of Gibraltar, the wind is often accelerated by the land masses making watersports very popular. Expect the colourful sight of surfer’s kites dominating the near horizon. It’s a cool, relaxed and friendly place.
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