Zahara de los Atunes

Zahara de los Atunes

Zahara's Costa de la Luz clear waters and long sandy beaches make this coastal destination a perfect stop for those interested in watersports like diving, kite and wind surfing. Tarifa is just a short drive away, with its' lively nightlife and laid back atmosphere, characteristics that Zahara is also well known for.

Like many coastal towns, Zahara has a good selection of self-catering apartments and villas available for those who prefer self-catering accommodation over a hotel. Many of the apartments are situated on or very close to the beach, giving delightful views across the Mediterranean and the surrounding scenery. There are also some beautiful villas in and just outside of the town offering high quality accommodation options.

In Zahara de los Atunes, there is an abundance of accommodation options, ranging from self-catering villas and apartments to hotels and hostels. The vast majority of hotels in Zahara have direct access to the beach and views to the sea. There is everything from budget hostels to big, resort style hotels and smaller, boutique hotels, suiting everyone´s needs.

Every year in May, after the first full moon, fishermen from towns on the Cadiz part of the Costa de la Luz, including Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes, Conil de la Frontera, and Tarifa, set up a complicated labyrinth of nets off the Atlantic coast, called the almadraba, to catch blue-fin tuna. This is a major social and gastronomic event, providing essential (if seasonal) work for fishermen, packing factories, restaurants along the coast.

There is a local bus from Cadiz and Seville to Atlanterra calling at Zahara de los Atunes and Conil de la Frontera. For destinations such as Tarifa, Algeciras, Estepona, Marbella or Malaga you would need to change at Conil. The RENFE train stations nearest to Zahara de los Atunes are in Cádiz, San Fernando and Algeciras. Each of these arrival points are about one hour driving.

Although Zahara de los Atunes lies within the municipal district of Barbate, these beaches are so good that they deserve their own dedicated page. Playa de Zahara de los Atunes is one of the most well-known beaches in the area, and beyond. Famous for its 6.3km-long shoreline of virtually untouched sand, this beach stretches from the little fishing village of Zahara de Los Atunes all the way south to Cabo de Plata.

Zahara de los Atunes is one of the most charming, and fashionable, towns on the Cadiz Costa de la Luz. With a stunning beach, boasting crystal-clear waters and golden sand, Zahara's main advantage over some other beach resorts in the area, which consist largely of hotels (albeit low-rise) and restaurants lining a beachfront road, is its villagey feel.