Tings to Do: Activities and Sports
Trekking in La Breña National Park
La Breña National park and the salt marshes at Barbate make up one of the most stunning landscapes on the whole coast of Andalusia. Walking through the forest of pine-nut pines, along 100m high cliffs, with Trafalgar Lighthouse back along the coast and the Atlantic ocean below you as your only company, it is a route that is well worth the effort.
There are quite a few different trekking routes through the park that also pass through or start in Caños, up to nearby San Ambrosio and even to Barbate and the marshes along the river there. For more detailed information there is a Tourist Information office at the harbour in Barbate.
Two routes we recommend starting from Hostal Fortuna:
• The Cliff Route or Torre del Tajo Route.(7kms-3hours approx.)
• Torre de Meca Route (3kms-2hours approx.)
Bicycle or Mountain Bike
There are many different cycling routes in Caños, they vary in difficulty but all are out in the wonderful natural surroundings and a mountain bike is probably the better option. You can cycle through the Park and find your way to Trafalgar or explore unknown tracks around La Aceitera and Zahora, or just as easily head up to the pretty countryside at San Ambrosio and visit the VIIth century Visigoth hermitage or the Palomar de La Breña, or the old windmills up in Vejer, or cycle along to the waterfall in Santa Lucia.…..
Here at Fortuna we are more than willing to help and advise you on the best options for cycling around and where to discover an area full of life.
Horse Riding Routes
There are various stables and riding schools in the area which offer routes through the National Park or along the beach. It’s another great way to see our beautiful surroundings. We can help you with all the necessary arrangements.
Canoe and Kayak Excursions
Surfing, Windsurfing and Kitesurfing
Los Caños de Meca is a well-known and emblematic spot for practising any of these sports and has international recognition. Depending on the weather conditions you will see either surfers or windsurfers and their sails or kitesurfers if the Levante wind is very strong. The surfing season begins in November and goes on the whole way through to March. It is a bit more difficult to get good waves in summer.
Surf-lovers get together at a few different places, all close to the hostel: Castillejos beach, Urbanizacion Playas del Estrecho, or at El Faro beach. When the easterly Levante wind blows hard the waves disappear and it´s time for the windsurfers and kite surfers to hit the water.
If you need to rent surfing equipment there are a number of surf schools and shops in El Palmar, just a 10minute drive away. Windsurf and kitesurfing equipment has to be rented in Tarifa.
The beaches at Caños have different types of sea beds, there is some sand but small reefs and loose stones predominate.
On the beach across from Hostal Fortuna you can reach the reef at low tide and fish directly from there.
The fishing is also good at El Faro, near La Aceitera and people often get lucky and make a nice catch.
Below the cliffs of the National Park there are some lovely little coves but you must be careful as you can get stranded there at high tide.
The most common species found in the area are rock bream, sea bream, saddled sea bream, sea bass, braize and.…..
Harpoon Fishing or Apnea and Snorkelling
The sea beds around Caños are another amazing feature. For these activities it is very important that the conditions are right and that the water is clear, be careful with the currents.
Very close to the water’s edge on the beach across from the Hostal Fortuna there is a small reef that emerges at low tide. The currents here are not as strong and on the outer rim the water is about 7metres deep. If you are lucky you might spot some grouper, rock bream, sea bream, haddock, denton,grouper,butterfish and maybe even some gilt heads and sea bass.
Other places which are good for fishing are the Cala del Aceite near Conil, Cabo Roche or Bolonia.
• Engraero (22metres to 28metres approx.)
• Los Boquetes (12metres to 18metres approx.)
The geographical location of La Breña National Park and Barbate´s salt marsh, wedged between two continents makes it impossible for migratory birds not to pass through here. Seagulls, pelicans, egrets and herons all nest and breed on the high cliffs in the area.
It is an activity that has gained in popularity over the last few years and now you often see birdwatchers in the area, with their binoculars and camera always close at hand.
The golf course which is closest to us is only 20minutes away, Montenmedio. It is a well renowned and prestigious club where world-level tournaments are played.
This golf course is a real treat in store for players, with its 18 holes and a par of 72. The layout of the course is totally integrated with the surrounding terrain and feels absolutely in touch with nature.
If you do visit Montenmedio you must not miss the NMAC Foundation, a sculpture park out in the open air. World renowned artists have worked hard since 2001 and have consolidated a unique collection of sculptures and interesting installations here.