The Barbate Nature Park is Andalucia’s second largest coastal reserve, a major attraction for its underwater sports. The shoreline is lined by towering cliffs called Los Caños de Meca, home to teeming colonies of herring gulls and egrets. Thick stands of stone pine provide shade for a stunning variety of Mediterranean wildflowers. Ancient watchtowers stands on the cliffs overlooking the sea, where local fishermen use the traditional almadraba technique to catch tuna fish, laying walls of netting to force the huge animals into their trap.
Caños de Meca is a small but unspoilt community on the windswept but stunning Costa de la Luz on the Atlantic coast. Deep in the Parque Natural del Acantilado, Caños de Meca has beautiful beaches, backed by cliffs and pine trees. Straddling the coast road, this sleepy little village is fast waking up to a reputation as a trendy place to spend the summer. Caños de Meca is well off the beaten track and has to be reached by taking one of the small side roads off the N340 coast road near Vejer de la Frontera or by taking the minor road through the pine forest from Barbate.