Photographer's Note

Trafalgar Square with Admiral Nelson's column is probably one of the most beautiful places in London. I guess everybody knows that this refers to the Battle of Trafalgar which happened near a cape with same name. It is to be found along Costa de la Luz, part of Spanish coast west from Gibraltar, facing Atlantic Ocean. It has beautiful beaches but very strong winds.

Cape Trafalgar (Spanish: Cabo 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 destroyed 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.

The 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 'extremit and hence refers to a promontory (edge of the land).

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