The western side of the Andalucian coastline faces the Atlantic and is a far more wild affair than the neighbouring Costa Blanca. Beaches are wider, more expansive and more often than not are backed by sand dunes and pine trees as opposed to high-rise blocks. The coastline also feels the impact of the Atlantic on its weather, with often strong winds and milder temperatures than in the immediate east.

The coastline is divided into two provinces, northern Huelva which borders Portugal while the southern Cadiz province stretches to the mouth of the Mediterranean. Huelva consists of small fishing ports and resorts broken up by marshes and rivers and remains popular with mostly Spanish tourists. During July and August the area is packed but remains quiet much of the rest of the year, making it an ideal time to visit. Beaches to visit include the Playa de Castilla, 16 miles of which to the north are accessible only by foot while a further 14-mile stretch to the south is more accessible. However, both sections are large enough to guarantee some peace and quiet no matter how busy the resorts are.

The southern Cadiz province is dominated by the historic walled city of Cadiz but that is not its only attraction. With its strong winds, the area around Tarifa is known for offering some of the best windsurfing and kite surfing in Europe. Fans of both sports will be familiar with the beaches of Playa Los Lances and Playa Valdevaqueros while anyone looking for somewhere a bit quieter should head for the coves and rocky headlands of Guadiaro.

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