Costa Ballena is a purpose built beach resort, located just a few kilometres east of Chipiona on the Cádiz section of the Costa de la Luz. The town has been carefully designed so that 62% of its surface area consists of open spaces landscaped with 45,000 trees and shrubs. There are no buildings over three storeys high and the residential zones consist mainly of developments of apartments or town houses with communal gardens, pools and/or tennis courts.
There is a range of shops, restaurants, services and sport and fitness facilities.
The town is built around an 18-hole golf course
(Photo - Costa Ballena Club de Golf) designed by José María Olazabal, and a further 9 holes are currently under construction. The golf club has a 9 hole par 3 course, and training facilities which include a pitch green and a long driving range.
In addition there is a Club House with restaurant, bar, gym, jacuzzi and sauna.
You can enjoy strolling or sunbathing along the 4 kilometres of sandy beach which are lined with sand dunes, and swim or practice water sports in the sea. There are also opportunities for cycling, riding, bowling and tennis.
The climate in this area is very pleasant. The average annual temperature in Costa Ballena is 18°C. It is mild all year round with Atlantic breezes moderating the heat of the Summer. Rainfall is light.
There are several interesting old towns close by : Chipiona, Rota (photo - Town Hall) and Sanlúcar de Barrameda are within a few kilometres. They are traditional fishing towns with whitewashed town centres and plenty of restaurants and bars serving local produce.
Flamenco music is a at the heart of cultural life in this area and there are frequent fiestas and events where you can enjoy the music and the atmosphere.
These symbols of Osborne and Tio Pepe sherry dominate the rolling, chalky hills planted with vines which characterize the landscape of this region.
You can take a boat trip into the Doñana Natural Park from Sanlúcar, drive through the vine yards which cover much of the local countryside and visit sherry bodegas in El Puerto de Santa María or Jerez.
Costa Ballena is about 20 kms west of El Puerto de Santa María. It is just a 25 minute drive from Jerez and 1.5 hours from Sevilla.
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