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Whilst the Costa de la Luz is not quite the driest or sunniest province in Spain, that award goes to the dessert like landscapes of the Costa Calida around Murcia; the sun still shines on over 300 days of the year in Cádiz, enjoying over 3000 hours of sunshine per annum. Statistically, the temperatures on the Costa de la Luz are marginally lower in the summer months; and interestingly, marginally higher in the winter months than those of neighbouring Costa del Sol – making this an ideal destination to enjoy year round.
Costa de la Luz, or the ‘coast of light’ as it would be known in English, is situated on the South-West tip of Spain to the West of Costa del Sol. With around 12 hours of bright daylight throughout June, July and August, Costa de la Luz truly lives up to its name. The resort is popular with tourists seeking a tan, Brits in search of sunburn and, perhaps more tellingly, many Spaniards looking to take a break without leaving the country.
Hot days on one of the thirty-five beaches in the area are tempered by breezes blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean. The sea there is a beautiful, clear blue and relatively warm all year round with temperatures averaging over 20°C from June to October; this more than justifies the abundance of water-based activities in Costa de la Luz, activities which include snorkeling, swimming, sailing and surfing.
In fact, the water is sometimes warmer than the air there, which has been recorded at an average temperature of between 21°C and 23°C during the summer. The coldest month is January according to local temperature averages; however, at 10°C, it is still not as cold as winters in many other places. It is also important to note that, because the humidity tends to be around 70% (with some fluctuation), the climate can often feel slightly warmer than it actually is.
Costa de la Luz offers perfect beach weather during the summer; from June to August there is a great deal of sunshine (around 12hours per day), hot sea temperatures for water activities and little, if any, rain (except in the mountainous regions). In fact, the average amount of rainfall for July is exactly zero millimetres, making Costa de la Luz’s summers dryer than advanced math lessons with the Rain Man. The highest typical temperatures are 30°C and 31°C which occur during July and August, while the lowest average temperatures for summer are 17°C and 19°C which apply to June and July respectively.
Winter is a quieter time to visit Costa de la Luz since fewer tourists choose this time to holiday; nevertheless the weather is still mild, thanks to a combination of the region’s Southern location and the influence of the Atlantic. The lowest average temperatures range between 8°C and 9°C from December to February while the highest average temperatures are between 16°C and 17°C. Due to the generally clement climate some accommodation does not have central heating, so a warmer outfit may be needed for the evenings. There are 5/6 hours of sunlight in winter and a slightly increased chance of rain (so it could be useful to obtain a forecast before booking). The sea is typically warmer than the land at this time of year, maintaining an average temperature of 16/17°C.
During spring and autumn the best weather is in May and September which experience average temperature ranges of 14-24°C and 19-29°C respectively and 9/10hours of sunlight each. There is a good chance of a few days of rain in September and October. In April the average temperature ranges from 12°C to 21°C which, combined with 8hours of sunshine and a reduced chance of rain, makes it a popular choice for Easter holidays.