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Why Costa Ballena, Why The Garigolo

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Costa Ballena invites you to rest, go to the beach, play golf on one of the best courses in Spain,  visit the incredible province of Cádiz , a marvel of variety and top-notch natural landscapes, go horseback riding, visit the famous white villages , try delicacies or taste wines, get closer to the fishing villages of Rota, Chipiona, El Puerto de Santa María or Sanlúcar de Barrameda or enjoy open-air activities in the Sierra. A privileged location only a 15 minute walk from the beach Costa Ballena, in the municipality of Rota and  Chipiona , has extraordinary environmental and urban characteristics. Regarding the planning of the territory, it should be noted that the so-called protection zone has a width of 100 meters from the inner limit of the shore to the sea. Thus, the current Coastal Law is complied with, achieving a wide-ranging result on the beach, enhanced by its dune system, with maximum preservation of nature. At the accesses to the beach, the different walkways make it possib

Head to the Coast of Light for phototherapy

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Studies show that appreciating natural beauty may boost well-being, increase generosity and enhance life satisfaction; the path out of winter depression leads to the Costa de la Luz We may be on our way towards spring, but we still have a few weeks of winter left. Perhaps we still need to shake off that sense of gloominess, or rather, winter blues. Here's the solution: head for the light. Bright light therapy The medical definition of this winter depression is seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Its symptoms are usually more apparent, more severe and even debilitating in deep winter - with late sunrises and early sunsets . The exact cause of these 'blues' is not fully understood, but it is often linked to reduced exposure to light. According to the main theory, prolonged darkness causes vitamin D deficiency, and by extension, may release more melatonin (a hormone that makes you feel sleepy) and it affects the production of serotonin. Reduced serotonin level results in negati

Paradise: Costa Ballena

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When in September 2000 I moved to live in Costa Ballena, I did so initially for the comfort of living near my workplace as well as by the benefits that I sensed that living in the complex would bring. I must admit that the reward has been great. Year after year, my temporary summer neighbors leave with great sorrow to their cities of origin and congratulate us on how lucky we are to be able to live here all year round. "Everyone dreams of being able to retire and live permanently in Costa Ballena. " Although in summer, as in Rota Pueblo, Costa Ballena comes alive to excess, from September to June it is a delight to walk through its streets, through its 4 km of beach and through its parks and gardens. At the beginning, as in all the urbanizations far from the urban nucleus, we had to go shopping, to the pharmacy, to the doctor, to Rota Pueblo. My daughter, who is currently 20 years old and is in her third year of university, attended school and institute in Rota Pueblo since s

Birding in Costa Ballena

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  On the Cadiz bank of the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, in the northeast corner of the province, some of the most interesting places for birdwatching are found. Just opposite Doñana National Park, from the rocky coast and beaches of Rota to Trebujena’s marshes, a notable variety of ecosystems fit together like the pieces of a puzzle, reaching high values of biodiversity. A big part of the enclaves of Sanlúcar de Barrameda belong to Doñana Natural Park. Let´s start in Rota, where the  residential development Costa Ballena  (1) has recently emerged as a hotspot for birdwatching, particularly gulls. The principal pond and surrounding gardens, located just a few metres from the beach, are used as a rest zone for a big number of Gull species which migrate and mostly winter, in this area. From among a long list, the Common Gull is one of the regulars. However, more rare species such as the Ring-billed Gull, the Iceland Gull or the Franklin’s Gull tend to frequently appear, too. Following