Andalusia is synonymous with joie de vivre. History unfolded in the Costa de la Luz: Cadiz is where Columbus set sail to discover the New World, and according to legend Spains oldest town was founded by none other than Hercules. Sandy beaches and sherry, formula one and Flamenco what a celebration!
The coast of light
Sand in your hair and salt on your tongue: the southern part of the Costa de la Luz (coast of light) boasts all the prerequisites of a perfect beach holiday destination: stunningly beautiful beaches lined by vast pine forests, dreamy fishing villages full of character and impressive buildings and sights that grace the cities.
The cosmopolitan city and capital of the eponymous province is a true blessing for anyone interested in cultural highlights and culinary delights. A picturesque harbour and the recommended Museo de Cadiz at the central Plaza de Mina offer plenty of insight into Andalusian traditions and everyday life.
The majestic Cathedral of Cadiz featuring two towers and a lavish yellow-tiled dome was built in the 18th century and is the newest of the great Andalusian cathedrals. Its curved baroque space with three naves and the crypt with the tomb of composer Manuel de Falla, Cadizs most famous son, constitute impressive elements of the cathedral.
As the sun sets in the evening, the white houses of Cadiz are bathed in a golden light: this is a holiday dream come true!
Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez is where the party is. The art of celebrating is practiced here, for instance at the Fera del Caballo (the horse fair) in May. Thanks to sun-drenched hilly landscapes, calcareous soils and cool Atlantic winds, the Jerez wine (sherry) has earned the region worldwide fame.
As well as being a sherry metropolis, Jerez de la Frontera is a centre of Spanish horse-breeding and home to the Royal Andalusian School of the Equestrian Art (Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre).
Just like Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera boasts a charming Old Town with romantic squares, picturesque alleyways and many delightful Mudejar churches and aristocratic palaces.
Nowhere else is the aura of Andalusia more tangible than along the Costa de la Luz. Why not experience it yourself!
Destinations - A to Z
- Cagliari (Sardinia)
- Cape Town
- Funchal (Madeira)
- Gran Canaria
- Heraklion (Crete)
- Maldive Islands
- Marsa Alam
Distance & flight time
- Distance from Zurich: 1690 km
- Time shift: 0h
- Flight time from Zurich: 01:55h
The origin of Flamenco is still not entirely clear, but one thing is certain: it is rooted in Andalusia. In Jerez, Flamenco is taught and danced from a very young age. This is where the most famous Flamenco performers come from; there is even a so-called Flamenco district. The songs and dances used to be especially popular among poor people. Today, Flamenco enjoys the official status of a UNESCO cultural heritage.
The most important musical instrument accompanying the rhythmic dances is the guitar. Vivacious, sensual, multifaceted: Flamenco is a true classic!