Cape Trafalgar is a headland in Province of Cádiz in the south-west of Spain. It lies on the seashore of theAtlantic Ocean, northwest of the Strait of Gibraltar. The name is of Arabic origin, with the modern pronunciation being a corruption of 'Tarf al-Gharb' meaning 'Western Cape' or 'Cape of the West'.The Battle of Trafalgar, an 1805 naval battle in which the Royal Navy destroyed Napoleon's combined Spanish and French fleet, took place off the cape. There is a 34 metres high lighthouse (51 metres over sea), faro de Cabo Trafalgar. Built in 1860 close to the Arabic almenara with the same name. The light can be seen for 22 miles.
Los Caños de Meca is a small seaside village to the east of Cape Trafalgar on the Costa de la Luz of Spain. It is part of the province of Cádiz and the autonomous region of Andalusia. Los Canos de Meca history is related to the Straits of Gibraltar, the Roman Fretus Herculeum and the Arab Boughaz el Tarek. Also the Battle of Trafalgar was fought near the coast of Caños de Meca, off the Cape of Trafalgar over 200 years ago, 21 October 1805.
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