we are on our annual family holiday in Vejer and its hot, hot, hot….if you cant get up early, then the only time to go to the beach in spain is after 4pm in the summer; but once you’re there, you can sunbathe right up til 8pm, then stay for sunset dinner on the beach.
my favourite beaches in andalucia are El Palmar – popular for surfing in the winter and the local beach to our village of Vejer de la Fronterra; its quite a long beach and the waves can be strong, but the sea is fresh and exhilarating. we tend to go to the far left of the beach by the chiringuito Guruguru, which is a little bit quieter. Zahora, hidden away, this natural beach is within a bay, so a bit more sheltered than the wider open beaches and is perfect for children; however, when the tide goes out, its very shallow with lots of rocks, but this beach is shorter and has been described as being in the caribean; cabo de Trafalgar, is the famous beach from the battle of Trafalgar, totally unspoilt with nothing built on it – lots of kite surfers feequent this beach when the conditions are right for surfing – a finer sand its completely unspoilt; Zahara de los Atunes is a fishing village by the sea with a long windswept rugged beach, popular in the summer with tourists – there is a lovely bit by the old town and a long stretch further down towards the newer apartments; we like to eat in the hotel Don antonio and then sit on that part of the beach after; Canos de la Meca is a smaller hippy beach, again a bit sheltered, but very busy in the summer – only worth going to out of the busy august period; the far end is rugged with cliff tops but also attracts nudists. Conil is more built up than the other beaches, but has a fantastic long wide beach and the sea is perfect for wave jumping – again, the end nearest Vejer has a bridge that takes you to a wilder non built up part, but the other end has 2 fantastic eating places right onto the beach; Bolonia is a great beach with the added attraction of some Roman ruins, dunes and the odd cow or horse stepping out on the seafront; – if you go left its quieter with cafes on the cliff top, right are the ruins. Tarifa is hip, young and a magnet for windsurfing and kite surfers, but also has the wonderful dunes nearby; between Tarifa and the dunes is the beach Valdequeros, which has a fun beach bar; La Barossa has more hotels around, more built up, but again a fabulous long beach; San Lucar de la Barrameda is an old fishing village by the sea, famed for its seafood – its one of our favourite towns in spain – not at all trendy, just full of locals from jerez and seville searching for the famous prawns. Seek Bajo de Guia and eat at casa Bigote – classic traditional food that is always of a high quality.