Bolonia, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia, is a wonderful pocket of beach and splendour that lies around 25km west of Tarifa. You can find it easily by heading west on the N-340 and following the signs will take you off the main drag and onto a rising, winding stretch of road, 8km along which lies the picturesque beach village. Bear in mind that you will need your own transport as buses run very rarely outside of July and August.
Bolonia’s beauty is natural; the scattering of houses and small farms do little to impact on the landscape in any offensive way so the true majesty of the rocky hills, golden dunes and sandy lengths remain the focus of the area.
You can sit at one of the handful of chiringuitos dotted along the edge of the beach and cast your eyes across the water where, on a clear day, you can see the detailed landscape and villages of Morocco.
At the western end of the beach lies a huge rocky promontory which connects to the land by the dunes. Early morning bathers use this end to go skinny dipping away from the eyes of the more shy types and families who tend to huddle up near the car parks. On a weekend it’s almost impossible to see a break in the brightly coloured parasols, such is Bolonia’s allure.
There are some obvious attractions there too; a Roman site at the back of the beach awaits to pinch your hard earned euros/dollars/pounds in return for a slice of history depicted by a crumbling amphitheatre and a row of pillars. You can pay to enter if you want to get up close or you can walk along the edge of the beach on the wooden walkway and make the most of your camera’s zoom lens for free.
To the east of Bolonia there is a natural pool area where the sea is enclosed by rocks. This is called ‘La Piscina’ by locals and there are a few people actually living by it. Again, it gets a bit raucous as a lot of party heads gravitate towards it, but it is a great place to enjoy a swim and sun bathe.
Apart from a clutch of ‘essentials’ shops there’s not much more to the Andalucian village but you won’t mind that once you’ve savoured the beauty of the beach, the occasional glimpse of a whale or dolphin and the truly awesome landscape around Bolonia.
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