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Playa Barrosa Costa de la Luz
ABOUT PLAYA BARROSA
South of Cadiz Bay, La Barrosa is part of Spain's Costa de la Luz, the western side of the Andalucía coastline, that faces the Atlantic ocean. Costa de la Luz or the Coast of Lights gets its name from the clarity of the light and the over 3,000 hours of annual sunshine that it receives. Typical of the beaches of the Costa de la Luz, Playa Barrosa is a magnificent expanse of beach, backed by sand dunes, pine trees and composed of fine, golden coloured sands.
The beach forms an eight kilometer arch. Within its arch it offers two distinct stretches, Coto la Barrosa or the virginal, unspoiled beach area and Novo Sancti Petri, the urbanised stretch with coffee bars, hotels, and restaurants. Although there are no high-rise blocks in Novo Sancti Petri, and mass tourism hasn't yet found this place, Coto la Barrosa is the prettier of the two.
Along Coto la Barrosa one finds neat whitewashed villas with flowery gardens, a promenade walkway, and views of Sancti Petri Island. The coast is mostly fringed with marshland and salt pans, and it's all absolutely teeming with bird life.
At the end of the virgin beach-stretch is Novo Santi Petri & La Barrosa, a tourist resort that offers luxury hotels, shops, restaurants, bars, sporting facilities, car rentals, motorbikes and bicycles, and many other amenities. Novo Sancti Petri is also home to a magnificent 36 hole golf course situated overlooking the sands of La Barrosa and designed by Severiano Ballesteros. Novo Sancti Petri and its beach are beautiful despite the development.
Sun worshippers, sailors, golfers and water sports fanatics.
Five miles inland, Chiclana de la Frontera is the nearest town, though Cadiz city is only about 40 minutes away.