Villa de Algar

CL Arroyo Vinatero S/N, Cádiz, 11639, Spain
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Costa de la Luz in July: advice please

by CoralGirl

I've managed to get myself COMPLETELY confused (possibly reading too much in too many places)! Now I have a few details too many and wonder if anyone can sort truth from rumor for me.
I am traveling to Costa Luz next July with my husband and 3 grown children. We are not conservative or fussy travelers, enjoy new people, places and cultures. We are trying to decide whether to stay in Vejer de la Frontera or in Los Canos de Meca.
We had heard that Los Canos might be a little to much of an inebriated party town for us--nothing against but maybe not 24 hour--and clogged with crowds and traffic during summer months. Vejer looks lovely, we love street wandering, and it seems like a short enough drive to explore the coast/various beaches. THEN I read that Vejer is too hot to sleep with no a/c in summer, AND that it swarms with mosquitos at night so no windows open. Can this all be true?
We were very excited about possibility of visiting Costa Luz: lovely area by sea not yet completely populated by tourists while hosting a majority of local guests. Now we come upon dire warnings of being eaten by sand flies and buffeted by winds on coast or nibbled by mosquitos while expiring from heat up hill. The house we have become fond of in Vejer does not have a/c but says rooms are cool with thick walls.
Any advice? Heat, mossies, winds, need a/c in Vejer, fine at night without? Must be on coast to get to beach because roads stand still in summer? Vejer close enough? All info and opinions welcome!
Thank you,

RE: Costa de la Luz in July: advice please

by Maurizioago

I went to Vejer long ago. It is a very nice place to spend some days. I mean three or four days. Not far from that village there is a fine seaside village; Conil de la Frontera.

RE: Costa de la Luz in July: advice please

by cidercyber

Another Option.

My family including our grandchildren (11 of us in total) stayed near Peutro da Santa Maria which lies across the bay from Cadiz. We all thought is was a wonderful place to stay. We were there in June, we saw one mosquito and no sand flies. We had an apartment in a newly developed area named Sherry Port and was 5 minutes from a very good beach. The apartment was booked via a agency run by an English lady centred in a bar called (i think) Emilio's bar.

This is real Spain so no UK type outlets. Peurto Santa Maria is busy with bars and restaurants.

Just in case it helps you can get a scheduled flight into Jeres or Seville, generally at good prices.


RE: RE: Costa de la Luz in July: advice please

by CoralGirl

Thank you so much. All very helpful information. At least I am happy about visiting the area once more and now have more choices there to consider.

Re: Costa de la Luz in July: advice please

by Traveldi

A Fellow Diane...

Vejer is just beautiful Diane you will love it - I think!!!
I have only visited, but it has always been so lovely. I think the 3 grown children depending on age may find it a bit quiet. Los Canos I was only driving through once and it was more of a chilled out hippy style vibe going on - people hanging out in scooby do style camper vans but it wasn't high season. I am here in Cadiz and really appreciate being by the sea, so don't stay too long in Vejer, you might need a breath and a wee relax on the beach. As other people suggested Conil / El Puerto all lovely places. I can't think of a better place to be in July. Hope you enjoy it.


Travel Tips for Cadiz


by blint

One of the best things about Cadiz has to be that there are blue sky days all year round, and even if it starts cloudy or misty by mid day it is often lovely and sunny.

Even if you come here in winter you will be able to enjoy the sunshine and even a walk along the beach front. There are generally just two seasons here summer and winter.

The temperatures never get down below freezing even at night. Although December, January and February can have some warm sunny days the nights can be cold:lowest about 5 degrees. In April the night time temperature will be about 17 degrees during the day and 12 at night. Summer starts around May, this is when the beach bars open and the beach services. The weather in July and August is very hot with temperatures even reach 40 degrees on some days. At night it is really pleasant though in bed it can feel really hot, even if you do nothing but sleep ;)

These temperatures don't take into account the humidity which is very high here often making winter feel colder than it is, especially with the strong winds. The winds here aren't bitterly cold at all, but they do feel cold on a February night. We have two winds a warm one and a cold one. You really feel the difference when it is the cold one.

The rainiest month has to be April, where you should be prepared for a strong downpour that not even an umbrella can save you from! It barely rains at all in July and August.

I think June is the most pleasant month to come to Cadiz. Not too hot and not too cold and not too busy.

From around March time you can experience heat waves, giving you a taster of summer and giving you the opportunity to get those white legs out. I remember in my first year here I got sunburnt in February!!!!

Oh, and I nearly forgot: IT NEVER SNOWS HERE! Only in the mountains in the south of the province.

The Ins and Outs of Carnaval PART 3

by blint

The Competition of music groups in the theatre El Gran Falla usually takes place in February. If you are interested in going then be prepared not to understand anything at all even if you think you speak Spanish. Many Spanish people from outside of Cadiz even have difficulty understanding not only as it is sung in the local dialect but because they talk about things very specific to Cadiz.

It lasts 20 days and over 100 groups take part. The final is always celebrated the Thursday before Samana Santa (Holy Week). You can buy tickets from the theatre a few days before it begins. You can usually find people who have bought tickets selling them on the internet. Be cafeful if you do it this way though.

Carrusel de Coros

by Carmela71

If you want to enjoy the carnival in its best you have to see the “carrusel de coros”, some groups of friends during the year invent the songs, design the dresses and train to go out on that days on a tractor and trailer driving along the streets, stopping often signing their songs. A good group will have lots of bottles of alcohol around them (as better you are, as drunk you get during that days!) and the people around will corus their lyrics.


by Carmela71

Tarifa is a medieval town that converted into a world-wide famous for windsurf. It has incredible beaches with massive dunes and the ruins of a Roman city at Bolonia Beach

Esta ciudad medieval se ha convertido en un punto mundialmente famoso del windsurfing en el mundo. Tiene unas playas de dunas increíbles y puedes ver las ruinas de una ciudad romana en Bolonia.

Buho Bus (night owl bus)

by blint

Be careful of the Buho Bus that circulates all Saturday night. You can not get on it unless you are under 29, and are a documented resident of cadiz. Don't even try you can't even enter paying (for those with the Buho bus card it if free and runs til 6 in the morning).

So make sure you check to see if it is a Buho and if the bus driver seems not to let you on then don't worry, it's probably just that you got on a Buho!

If you are moving to cadiz and are under 29 then get yourself to the town hall to fill out a form taking with you your resident card, and proof of address, such as the rent contract or a bill and two days later you will have your Buho card meaning you can travel for free from about 10pm to 6am on a Saturday!

In the main photos attached you can see the commissioned Buho and in the other photo you can see the Buho disguised as a normal Cadiz bus!


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