Thankfully, Seville is about an hour from the coast and the beautiful beaches of Cádiz and Huelva since it’s one of the hottest cities in the Iberian peninsula. The coastline called Costa de la Luz is where many Sevillians escape in the heat of summer when the temperature reaches up to 45 degress (in the shade!). It’s not uncommon that they have houses or apartments near the beach, where they will also spend some weekends or during Semana Santa.
Neighbouring Portugal and the Algarve coast we find Huelva. Here it’s possible to visit beaches as well as the Doñana National Park, bordering the Sevilla and Cádiz provinces.
Matalascañas – a beach next to Doñana and one of the most popular beaches among the Sevillians with a long, white sandy beach lined with restaurants and bars. Before going to the beach it’s possible to make a quick stop at el Rocío, a Wild West type village dedicated to pilgrimage la Romería de El Rocío.
Mazagón – one of the most touristy beaches in Huelva and is perfect as a day trip in summer. As summer brings a lot of people it can also be worth going during the winter months before the tourist season has started. At that time you can walk along the beach at your own pace and enjoy the warm sun.
Punta Umbría – as a beach this is the widest in Huelva. The water temperature is pleasant and the waves not too high. The beach reaches from the town Punta Umbría, through an area of pine trees and sand dunes to a more untouched beach. For those in need of a break from the sun bathing, there are plenty of restarants and bars.
Cádiz is the province situation in the far south and closest to Africa. The long, white beaches of the Atlantic coast continue from the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda to Tarifa.
Chipiona – this is the second most visited beach by the Sevillians. It’s possible to mix sun bathing with touristing as the largest lighthouse in Spain stands here and the Nuestra Señora de Regla Basilica. Chipiona has a 7 km long beach with fine, white sand and is said (by the chipiones themselves) to have healing powers due to the high level of iodine.
El Puerto de Santa María – another beautiful village on the coast of Cádiz with a lot of history and wine-growing tradition. There the possibility to explore the village, visit a bodega, eat seafood and fried fish while enjoying the coast.
Bolonia – a beach situated by Tarifa and still in the province of Cadiz. Some people say this is the best beach in the whole of Andalusia, with its impressive sand dunes and ruins of an old roman town. The water is cristal clear and the beach isn’t overcrowded. There is also a camping for those who wish to stay over the night.
If you don’t have access to a car there are buses that take you to the closest beaches. This means you can take a day trip and spend the entire day on the beach. The perfect way to escape the city and the heat the Sevillian way!