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La Antilla Mini Guide
I’d not Heard of La Antilla Before, What can you tell me?
It’s a small seaside resort with a beautiful beach on the Costa de la Luz near the town of Lepe in Andalusia. It’s very close to the Portuguese border and the region, especially Lepe, is known for the mass production of Spanish strawberries which have made the towns and villages in the region very wealthy. La Antilla has a small year round population swelled considerably by tens of thousands of Spanish holidaymakers who choose to take their holidays here away from the busier resorts.
How do I get to La Antilla?
The best airport for La Antilla is Faro Airport in Portugal. Whilst still forty miles from the resort, it’s a lot closer than the 65 miles to Jerez Airport
in Spain. The benefit too of Faro is that it accepts year round budget flights from low cost carriers such as easyJet and Ryanair from many UK destinations. Onward transport is fairly accessible from Faro although many people choose to hire a car for convenience and to allow them to explore further afield in Andalusia.
What’s There to see and do in La Antilla?
There’s not very much there and that’s the charm of the place. One guide book suggests you simply sit on the beach in May and stuff strawberries. The beach is beautiful and very relaxing with clear blue seas and just the right amount of water sports if you get bored but La Antilla is a place to unwind, read a book on the beach before getting ready to enjoy a meal at one of the many traditional Spanish restaurants in the resort. If you simply must do something different, a day trip will take you to spectacular Seville with its manifold attractions.
What is There to buy in La Antilla?
It’s an upmarket resort so there’s less of the tourist tat there. Good buys include wooden and stone jewellery sold on the beach by traders from North Africa together with carved wooden figures and pretty bags.
What do you Suggest that I eat Whilst There?
The village is renowned for its seafood as well as strawberries. The daily catch is landed nearby and many of the restaurants serve whatever has been taken in the nets that day. The meals are always accompanied by delicious fresh salads and finished with a selection of fresh fruit from the region.
What About Festivals and Events in the Area?
There are a number of small scale celebrations there and across the border but for real fiestas you need to head inland to Seville
which does the religious festivals with panache and energy. Even if you need to stay overnight there, the trip will be worth it for street processions, music, dance and fireworks.
- On the 16th August, La Antilla will host one of the events in the European Open Water Swimming Championship. Dozens of swimmers will cross the bay in an attempt to win this leg of the competition. Last year's was cancelled because of rare bad weather and the organisers are hoping for better luck this time.