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Cabo Trafalgar, Los Canos de Meca

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Cape Trafalgar is a headland in the Province of Cádiz in the south-west of Spain. The 1805 naval Battle of Trafalgar, in which the Royal Navy decisively defeated Napoleon's combined Spanish and French fleet, took place off the cape.It lies on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the Strait of Gibraltar at 36°10'58"N, 6°2'2"W. The International Hydrographic Organization defines the Western limit of the strait as a line that joins Cape Trafalgar to the North to Cape Spartel to the south.The most prominent structure on the cape is a 34-metre-high lighthouse (51 metres above sea level), the faro de Cabo Trafalgar, built in 1860.EtymologyThe name is of Arabic origin, corresponding possibly to Taraf al-Gharb (طرف الغرب 'cape of the west') or Taraf al-Ghar (طرف الغار 'cape of the cave/laurel').In both cases, taraf (طرف) literally means 'edge' or 'extremity' and hence refers to a promontory (edge of the land).In modern Arabic, however, the place is sometimes re-transcribed as al-Taraf al-Aghar (الطرف الأغر).
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  • After a good meal, we went to see the lighthouse of Trafalgar. You arrive by car to an area where you have to pay 2 Euros for parking (possibly if you leave the car a little further do not have to pay). Then you have to go approx. 1 km. walk to get to the lighthouse area where there is a good view and you can see the area where tube place the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. A lovely walk. A pity that the area is a bit rough and dirty, especially by the remains that we always leave people who enjoy these places.
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  • A beach with charm, promenade that invites you to relax. I imagine that in the summer there will be many people, but in October is a wonderful place with that infinite Beach and its dunes
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  • There is a pleasant walk to the lighthouse and monument which conmemorates the battle of Trafalgar. You can park nearby and walk on a path which takes you through huge sand dunes which are engulfing t...  read more »
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