COSTA DE LA LUZ/CADIZ

COSTA DE LA LUZ/CADIZ

CHARISMATIC CADIZ

The Costa De La Luz, The Coast of Light, 450 miles of rugged, dramatic Atlantic coastline where some of Spain’s finest beaches are to be found, fashioned by the relentless, rolling Atlantic breakers perpetually pounding against the shore, bathed in glorious sunshine for an average of 3000 hours per year.

Although just around the coast from the Costa Del Sol, this is authentic, unspoilt Spain, favourite holiday haunt to the Spanish wealthy, professional, middle classes. A magical mélange of picturesque pueblos perched on hillsides, traditional towns teeming with historical heritage, sedate seaside sanctuaries boasting mile after mile of endless, enchanting beaches.

Divided geographically, rather conveniently, by the two provinces that constitute the Costa, Cadiz in the south and Huelva to the north, they also define perfectly the distinctly different destinations for golf. 

CADIZ

The province of Cadiz, birthplace of the excitingly seductive Flamenco, a place with an abundance of colour, romance and passion, often fueled by the other famous creation of the area…Sherry!

The city that bestows on the province its name was once the capital of the country. Its rich history can be traced back for over 3,000 years, making it the oldest city in Spain, if not the whole of southwest Europe. The city is almost an island, connected only by the narrowest sliver of land. During the golden age of Spain it was the prime port from which ships sailing to and from the “New World” operated and it was just across the bay in Puerto Santa Maria that Columbus’ flagship of the same name was fitted out before embarking on the epic voyage of discovery to the Americas.

Cadiz was also the principle port of the Spanish navy and it was no coincidence that Admiral Lord Nelson chose to engage and defeat the combined might of the Spanish and French fleets a few miles down the coast at Trafalgar.

JEREZ

Jerez or to give it, its full title Jerez De La Frontera. It does not go unnoticed that many of the towns and pueblos of Cadiz carry the mantle of “de la Frontera” , a legacy from the era when these conurbations defined the border between the Moors and Christian Spain.

Wine making was introduced by the Phoenicians around 1100 BC, but it was not until Sir Francis Drake destroyed the Spanish armada and sacked Jerez in 1587, returning to England with 3,000 barrels of wine as part of his booty, that Sherry became a much favoured tipple of the British. Of course Sherry is the anglicised name, as the true pronunciation of Jerez has perennially produced problems for linguistically challenged Britons. When pronounced by the natives it is a sound that emanates from the back of the throat and culminates with the tongue sandwiched firmly between the front teeth.

Sherry became so popular that many British companies relocated to the city, including Sandeman, Osborne and Harveys, whose Bristol Cream brand became the best selling sherry in the world. Surprisingly, most of the sherry bodegas are located in the centre of the city and it would be a sacrilege to visit Jerez without finding time to tour one of the famous factories and perhaps partake of a small potation. To witness sherry being extracted straight from the barrel and poured by the traditional art of venenciar is an awesome experience.

Cadiz is fast gaining a reputation as an alternative golfing destination to its neighbour  the Costa del Sol. Now with over 20 courses designed by such luminaries as Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Snr, Seve Ballersteros, Cabell Robinson, Dave Thomas, Jose Maria Olazabal et al. From the world famous Ryder Cup venue Valderama and Sotogrande in the south (many mistakenly class them as being on the Costa del Sol) to Montecastillo to the north of the province, many golfers are now awakening to the pleasures of golf in…

CHARISMATIC CADIZ