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.
Tarifa sits at the southern-most point of mainland Europe, where the Med meets the Atlantic. Just 14km across the Straits of Gibraltar at its narrowest point, the town enjoys spectacular views of the Rif mountains of North Africa, just across the water.
The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "red or crimson castle", perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls. Created originally for military purposes, the Alhambra was an "alcazaba" (fortress), an "alcázar" (palace) and a small "medina" (city), all in one. Alhambra fortress had existed since the 9th century and a residence of Kings in the 13th century.
Novo Sancti Petri is packed with accommodation opportunities. As well as the wide variety of hotels on offer, it is also home to many aparthotels and apartment buildings providing self-catering accommodation for anyone who prefers a bit more independence during their holiday. The apartments are often located in resort-style complexes which provide all imaginable facilities - swimming pools, childrens play areas etc.
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.
A wonderful opportunity to get close to whales, dolphins and other sea mammals, in their natural habitat in the Straits of Gibraltar. This is the area of sea where where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea meet, in the narrow space between the southermost point of Spain, and the African continent.
The original Sancti Petri was a small tuna-fishing village located on a spit of land on the Atlantic coast near San Fernando, where the Cadiz peninsula meets the mainland. On the southern side, it is surrounded by marshes and sand bars, and beyond those, the town of Chiclana de la Frontera.
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.
There are a number options for types of hotels in Tarifa, to suit all budgets and tastes. For those in search of a hotel, there's everything from affordable, friendly hostels to hip boutique hotels and more luxurious establishments. As a host for the alternative culture that comes hand-in-hand with surf dudes - it's one of Europe’s top wind-powered watersports venues, and is known as the kitesurf capital of Europe.
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.
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'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.
Most hostals and hostels are located in the centre of this pueblo blanco (white village/town) town whereas apartments occupy the paseos lining the beaches. This doesn't mean to say that staying in the town's heart will jeopordise your beach holiday, quite the opposite. In Conil, whether staying in the old town or in primer linea (first line) you will most likely not be far from the stunning beach.
Conil is a small, lively beach town to the south of Cadiz, and near inland Vejer de la Frontera. It has a great atmosphere in the evening, with plenty of good tapas bars and excellent nightlife. It is a pretty, well-maintained town which is as ideal for a family stroll among the old streets, as for young people on a night out.
Alcudia de Monteagud offers a postcard view over its whitewashed houses and the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario. The remains of buildings like the Torre de los Casares and La Torrecilla, located in the outskirts of the village centre, are a reminder of the village’s Arab past. It has about 150 inhabitants.
Conil de la Frontera's bus station was officially opened on the 7th of November 2016. It's construction was overseen and carried out by the Junta de Andalucía ( Andalusian regional government) and the town hall in Conil, with an investment of 1.18 million euros. The station is conveniently located on Avenida Cañada Honda (Av. Cañada Honda.
In addition to the abundance of resort-style hotels, Conil de la Frontera also has many different self-catering accommodation options, including apartments and villas. The apartments are dotted all over town, some with views of the coast and the Mediterranean, and others with city views. Most have easy access to the beach and either a private or communal swimming pool - perfect for summer fun.