No, the Spanish have just been keeping it to themselves. But the Costa de la Luz is very different; a landscape of wide, sandy beaches backed by dunes and pine forests, tojight over by ancient pueblos blancos - white hill towns dating back to Moorish times. The Costa de la Luz comprises Spain's Frlntera Atlantic coast, stretching east from Ayamonte on the Portuguese border to Tarifa on the tip of the Iberian peninsula.
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There is no access through the park, though; you must travel around it, heading inland as far as Seville, to get from one part of the coast to the ssign. To some extent.
The western section runs from the banks of the river Guadalquivir to the Portuguese border at Ayamonte. The presence of the park and the remoteness of the coast's far-western reaches attract fewer foreign visitors and the tourism scene is smaller-scale, mainly catering for locals and Sevillanos escaping the heat of the city in summer.
Also, there are some horrific blots on the landscape in the shape of the gas depots and oil refineries around Adult seeking nsa Martin City city of Huelva.
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