Throughout Spain, Andalucía is known for the quality of its olive oil, air-cured ham, wild mushrooms, seafood and artisan cheese. Winegrowing remains at its heart too, from traditional sherry bodegas to small vineyards cultivating grapes just like the Romans did. Culture, old and modern, thrives in all its colour. Old shepherd trails carry us through the beautiful countryside in our boots, quiet roads lead to hilltop villages little changed from their Arabic roots.

20 years on from creating our first trips here, we still come back year after year to discover new places to explore, new experiences to enjoy and new people to meet. It's this combination of experience and fresh eyes that makes our trips so special.

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A storied coastline

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In April 711, an Umayyad commander named Tariq led an army across the Strait of Gibraltar and changed the course of Spanish history forever.

This was the start of seven centuries of Islamic occupation on the Iberian Peninsula, infusing Andalucía with a physical and cultural heritage that still defines so much of what we experience on our travels here.

But the Moors weren't the first to arrive.

The history books tell of great civilisations which quarreled over and settled on the coast long before the Moors crossed the sea. Go and see for yourself at the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, an erstwhile trading post and fishing centre looking out over the clear blue waters of the Strait.

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The Roman remains of Baelo Claudia
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Exotic shadows on the Costa de la Luz

Nor did the age of empires end with the Christian Reconquest.

The Cape of Trafalgar is indelibly linked to one of the most famous naval battles in European history. And Sanlúcar de Barrameda will be forever recognised as the port from which Conquistadors sailed west in search of the New World and from which the first circumnavigation of the globe began in 1520 and ended two years later.

Remarkably, all of this history unfolded along one coastline; Andalucía's Costa de la Luz.

But from the uproar of empire building, life has reached a more peaceful plateau these days. Your goal here is not to conquer new lands, but a more modest one; to pick your way through what is quite the tangled web of history, nature, cultural texture and cuisine.

For that, you have us to help steer you through it all.

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Window over Tarifa
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Barbate is famed for its red tuna

Your base will be a little white village, where time has seemingly rumbled on undisturbed ever since the Moors left. From here, you have much at hand. The aforementioned Romans ruins and a wonderful beach for strolling at Bolonia. Barbate is the place to enjoy fresh red tuna and to follow coastal trails above azure seas and ragged ivory-coloured cliffs.

If wildlife is a priority, you have boat trips to spot bottlenose and striped dolphins and pilot, fin and sperm whales down at the southern tip in spring and summer. At the northern end are the marshlands and sand dunes of Doñana National Park, where flamboyances of flamingos (surely the greatest of all collective nouns?) gather in huge numbers.

We'd love to share it all with you.

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Walking along the Costa de Luz
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A flamboyance of flamingos in Doñana National Park

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