There is a simple but nice church dedicated to the Virgin of "El Carmen", the patron of the sea workers. The Virgin of "El Carmen" is also the patron of lots of coastal cities and villages. In 2006 Zahara de los Atunes celebrates the first hundred anniversary of the Virgin protection. Hay una iglesia sencilla pero bonita desdicada a la Virgen del...more
This castle was built up in the 15th century by the Dukes of Medina Sidonia searching for defence the fishermen from pirates. It was very big and it hosted canning industry facilities, fishing warehoses, housing, farms, markets and a chapel. Unfortunatly it's in very bad conditions right now and there are just some walls and towers. It's said the...more
It's a very beautiful beach and you can see it in the pictures. The Atlantic Ocean looks light blue, the sand is fine and white and there are just a few visitors, in comparison with other Spanish beaches. The only cons I can mention is the wind, very strong at the area. On the otrher hand such a condition makes this places a paradise for the water...more
Since these times the Duques of Medina Sidonia have enjoyed the benefits of the Almadraba due as I explained in the previous tip, to the safety they offered to the fisherman of the coast. Desde entonces los Duques de Medina Sidonia han disfrutado de parte de los beneficios de la captura del atún.more
Even if you can only find the walls close to the main beach, at the XVI century the Duques of Medina Sidonia constructed a castle due to the importance of the Tuna fishing.The fisherman were having trouble with the pirates, so they constructed the castle and offered safety to them for some benefits of the Almadraba (fishing tuna) Solo queda parte...more
Since the beginning of the town, they had been practising the fishing of the tuna.It felt down in the past but due to the tourism, it has come back to life.Almadraba is the technique they fish them. Esta zona es famosa por la pesca del atún desde tiempos romanos, en el ultimo siglo estuvo en decadencia por lo que la ciudad decayó. La técnica de la...more
Avenida. Hnos. Dtres. Sanchez Rodriguez, 12, Zahara de los Atunes, 11393, Spain
Good for: Couples
I have not stay at this hotel really and neither in any other hotel in town, because I went to...more
Avda de Atlanterra s/n, Zahara de los Atunes, 11380, Spain
Good for: Business
We ate in this restaurant, next to the beach, attracted by the fresh sea food they offred, specialy tuna, the great local speciality. It's a little expensive dish, in comparison with other fishish as anchovines or squirls, but if you are in Zahara de los Atunes...
Comimos en este restaurante junto a la playa, atraidos por el pescado fresco que ofrecían, especialmente atún, la gran especialidad local. Es un plato un poc caro, en comparación con otros pescados, como los boquerones o los calamares, pero si estás en Zahara de los Atunes...
Favorite Dish: I liked the tuna and the special salad too.
Me gustó el atún y la ensalada especial
We arrived to Zahara de los Atunes driving our own car. I think it's the best way to arrive here because there are just a few regular buses. If you come from Cádiz you must go straight following the road to Algeciras and turn right when you're next to Vejer de la Frontera. Then, there is a very narrow but beautiful road from Barbate, passing through a Spanish Army training field where you can see cows and horses in the beach!! It's a completly natural landscape thanks to the ban on building here.
Nosotros llegamos a Zahara de los Atunes en nuestro propio coche. Creo que esta es la mejor manera porque hay muy pocos autobuses públicos. Si vienes desde Cádiz debes seguir la dirección a Algeciras y girar a la derecha a la altura de Vejer de la Frontera. Después hay una estrecha pero bonita carretera desde Barbate que atraviesa un campo de entrenamiento del ejército español ¡¡donde puedes ver vacas y caballos en la playa!! Es un paisaje completamente natural gracias a la prohibición de construir aquí.
During the months of April and August the tunas pas the Straight of Gibraltar after being at the arctic north pole and Norway.
In the Mediterranean due to the warm water they reproduce.
First come the oldest ones (the biggest) and second the youngsters
La almadraba is they way of catching them in both ways that has been like that since the old times
They have records of an incredible amount of Tunas in the old years, but due to the fishing with no control before they come here by the big boats, now the numbers have gone down drastically
There is a sunken boat pretty near from the coast line and you must pay attention to it because it's a little bit hidden. It's just in front of the beach access and there is a warning sign at the end of the wooden footbridge. It was a steam boat which carried fishermen to Zahara from Barbate during the first decades of the 20th century, when there...more
There is strong East wind (levante) in the whole area. When we were there the wind was specially unpleasant but it's one of its advantages because it takes the regular crowd far from these untouched beaches! You must rent a small wind shelter to enjoy the beach. They're not cheap at all and you can choose to be there the whole day or just a half....more
38 Reviews and Opinions
There is a small monument devoted to whom who died for Spain in the different wars our country has been in. It's a small cross located beside the castle wall and close to the church. It was erected in 2005 commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, where more than 1000 Spanish people died in front of these beaches. Hay un...more
Tarifa is a medieval town that converted into a world-wide famous for windsurf. It has incredible beaches with massive dunes and the ruins of a Roman city at Bolonia Beach Esta ciudad medieval se ha convertido en un punto mundialmente famoso del windsurfing en el mundo. Tiene unas playas de dunas incre?bles y puedes ver las ruinas de una ciudad...more
I had visited a few times, in the last two occasions I enjoyed VT meetings with our famous SirRichard who is from Cadiz and visits the area very often. I had enjoyed his hospitality and is a pleasure to keep on meeting you ;-) ....Conil has incredible beaches and I had used both times as home base on my excursions around; Zahara de los Atunes,...more
It's a good water sports area, thanks to such strong winds. It's possible to practice windsurf, surf, sailing...
Es una buena zona para prácticar deportes acuáticos gracias a los fuertes vientos. Es posible hacer windsurf, surf, vela...
Zahara de los Atunes is so small and it has not its own town hall because it's under the goverment of Barbate's city council. There is a small council office not far from the church to run some administrative affaires. zahara de los Atunes es un pueblo tan pequeño que no tiene ayuntamiento propio, sino que depende del de Barbate. Hay una pequeña...more
It's a very small city and you'll not need any city map in advance. There is a tourist information office in front of the beach access, between the Hotel Gran Sol and the castle. In addition there is a city map next to the office. Es una ciudad muy pequeña y no necesitarás un plano del pueblo antes de tu llegada. Hay una oficina de información...more