The sea and fishing have for centuries been the main livelihood of the inhabitants of this area, making it a prosperous territory. Located between the towns of Conil and Tarifa, Barbate stands out due to its environment between beautiful beaches, cliffs and pine forests, and Parque Natural de La Breña and Marismas de Barbate.
The nearest international airport is Jerez de la Frontera. Its municipal term includes Barbate, the pedanía of Los Canos de Meca and the core of Zahara de los Atunes. Three places to forget your clock and get carried away by the rhythm of the calm and unhurried life that marks its lush natural heritage.
You will fall in love with its sunsets and colors which transform the Costa de la Luz into a magical place. You can enjoy rich and varied cuisine on the waterfront in its many restaurants and terraces, with a fabulous summer atmosphere. In the kitchens of Barbate, the real main attraction is the red tuna of Almadraba, which is prepared in a thousand different ways.
The port of Albufera de Barbate is really beautiful, although it is already far from the splendor of the past, when in the 1970s it was one of the main and most important fishing ports in Spain.
Puerto de la Albufera and the central beach of the Virgen del Carmen give way to Playa de la Hierbabuena, where land and sea merge forming a natural park, cliffs and centuries of history. On the shore, we reach the fantastic area of Los Caños de Meca. Dune chains lead to Zahora until Tómbolo de Trafalgar.
It’s hard to think that such a peaceful and idyllic place was a scene of one of the greatest naval battles in history. Here, on October 21, 1805, the great Franco-Spanish armada fought the British navy led by the famous commander Nelson. That day, the beaches of Barbate were stained with blood, mostly Spanish blood, because this country suffered one of the biggest defeats in recent memory in Spanish military history.
25 km of beach of fine white sand bathed by crystal blue waters awaits us in Barbate. It features a total of 6 beaches, mostly in wild condition, which include the beach and dunes of Faro de Trafalgar, the urban beach of Hierbabuena, Playa del Carmen in the center of Barbate, Zahora or the coves and cliffs of Caños de Meca.