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Los Caños de Meca
The beaches of los Caños de Meca are an example of the natural beauty and peace of Cadiz' coastline, which for the moment has been spared from massive speculation and construction.
Little construction and few people at Caños de Meca
The atmosphere at los Caños de Meca
...is very relaxed: mostly small groups of young people, a few families. Los Caños is not very big, but in summer there are (beach)bars and restaurants, where you can have a drink, dinner, or go dancing. You can also simply enjoy a lovely evening stroll.
A beach bar (chiringuito) at Los Caños de Meca
From el Faro de Trafalgar lighthouse to the south, up to the village of los Caños itself, there is a variety of beaches to choose from. Most of them are nice and smooth, but at the far end of Los Caños the environment gets rougher, with cliffs and large rocks on the seashore.
Acantilado y pinar de Barbate nature park
Acantilado y pinar de Barbate
El Acantilado y Pinar de Barbate is a small natural park
("Acantilado" are the cliffs and "Pinar" is the pine tree forest) which consist partially of the landmass above the sealevel located between the towns of Los Caños de Meca and Barbate, and a portion of the corrsponding seashore.
It is one of the finest places to visit on the Costa de la Luz, either at sealevel at the foot of the cliffs, as on top, amongst the pine trees.
The authentic "Caños" of Caños de Meca
In addition to the beautiful environment, crossing the sometimes difficult "rocky" part, the beach offers another incentive. At the far end you find the authentic "Caños", small falls of sweet falling from the cliffs. This is where los Caños de Meca gets it's name from. This sweet water is the groundwater dropping from the cliffs that may reach up to 100 meters above the level of the sea.
The real 'Caños' at the foot of the cliffs los Caños de Meca.
On top of the cliffs you find a small pine tree forest which is easy to reach from los Caños de Meca, starting right at the end of the town (to the south).
Pine tree on top of the Acantilado y Pinar de Barbate
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Faro de Trafalgar, Zahora and Palmar beaches
Just outside the main "agglommeration" of Los Caños de Meca to the north, towards Conil de la Frontera, you pass the Faro de Trafalgar lighthouse, marking Cape Trafalgar.
Faro de Trafalgar lighthouse at Los Caños de Meca
And yes, right in front of the lighthouse the important Battle of Trafalgar took place in which the Royal Navy, led by Admiral Nelson, destroyed Napoleon's combined Spanish and French fleet in 1805. The famous Trafalgar Square in London is named after this historic event.
Cape Trafalgar as seen from Los Caños de Meca
Now it is hard to imagine the fierce battle that was fought here
Right next/after the Trafalgar lighthouse, to the north you find the magnificent Zahora beach, that stretches wide and almost empty as far as the eye can see. Behind the horizon Zahora turns into yet another marvelous beach: El Palmar.
Zahora beach next to Trafalgar lighthouse, Los Caños de Meca
Towns on the Costa de la Luz in Cadiz province,
from north-west to south-east: