Caños de Meca is one of the destinations on the Cadiz Costa de la Luz that has a special magic. Of course, the great beaches that characterize this entire coastline bathed by the Atlantic stand out. But in addition to that, it has an atmosphere wrapped in historical events, as well as a hippie atmosphere that makes those who visit this place enjoy it above all with calm and delight.
For those looking for more adrenaline, Caños de Meca is also a good setting for the practice of various sports in nature. We give you some ideas so that you can enjoy everything that this beautiful Andalusian corner offers you.
1. Evoke the Battle of Trafalfar
The Cadiz town of Caños de Meca must appear in the Spanish and even European history books, because the famous battle of Trafalgar was fought off its coast in 1805. A war episode that meant a glorious victory for the British navy over Napoleon’s Spanish and French ships.
That event took place here, and to remember it, it is best to take a walk to the Trafalgar lighthouse, which was built with the remains of the old tower that watched the battle. The walk to get there shows the wild beauty of the beaches of Caños de Meca and, once located on the promontory, one can travel with the imagination to the past.
2. Enjoy the beaches of Caños de Meca
Due to the long stretches of sand on this coast, activities can be done throughout the year, given the good weather in these latitudes. It is always possible to take a walk along the beaches of Caños de Meca, on foot or on horseback.
Although, from late spring to early fall, these beaches are exceptional for bathers, especially in the case of Marisucia beach. But on the other hand, in the Great Beach you have to be attentive to the currents, although the place offers splendid sunsets.
3. Go scuba diving
The proximity of the Strait of Gibraltar makes the seabed of Caños de Meca extraordinarily rich, a treasure for lovers of diving. In these waters there are abundant fish that make their transit from the Mediterranean to the ocean, and vice versa.
There are different companies that offer dives, in which you can also see overwhelming shipwrecks. Quite a discovery, although you have to be very attentive to the currents.
4. Water sports in Caños de Meca
This area of southern Spain is known for its winds, therefore, the most practiced water sports in Caños de Meca and its surroundings are related to the sea and the wind. In other words, sports such as surfing , kite surfing or windsurfing are typical of the place, although there are also other more dynamic ones where the driving force is the human body, such is the case of paddle surfing .
5. Land sports in Caños de Meca
In Caños de Meca you can not only do sports in the sea. It is also possible to do it on land. It is quite an adventure to enter and go through the different hiking or mountain bike routes.
There are many recommendations that we can make. For example, the Torre del Tajo route will take you to this historic place surrounded by cliffs. You will also find cliffs on the Ruta de los Chorros, where a spectacular freshwater waterfall awaits you. And of course, you can delve into the beauty of the Breña Natural Park, where the famous Barbate marshes are already located.
6. Shopping in Caños de Meca
The population of Caños de Meca is very small, it hardly consists of a street, although other more or less isolated housing estates or houses have been built in the surroundings. Although, the original town was the seat in the 60s and 70s of many bohemians and hippies, some of whom have already stayed here permanently. Over time they even opened their own businesses in the form of a bar or as artisans.
In this way, Caños de Meca is a good place to go back a few decades in time and take home the odd very original jewelery item.
Cover photo: ANDARA RUTAS