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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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  • We live in a van and heard that this stretch is a surfers paradise. So we rocked up and really easily found plenty of fellow van dwellers to park with. It felt really safe and good natured and the sce...  more »
  • What rolls.. .what show. The place is beautiful and loop is a 20 minute walk. The small restaurant type surfer is super friendly and you can taste local products. C is cheap and super cool...
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  • Great Bay to the surf and sup-en... or just relax! Long walks with cultural information for the battle of the Cap Trafalgar.
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