Relics in the bay of Barbate © Michelle Chaplow
Relics in the bay of Barbate


Barbate is a town of some 20.000 people on the Costa de la Luz, 40km north of Tarifa. This modern town, (often called Barbate de Franco because the ex-dictator spent many summers here), has grown up around a fishing industry which goes back to Roman times when the fish-salting industry was at its peak.

Its modern layout lacks the charm of some of the more traditional Andalucian villages, but there are nevertheless, some nice buildings in the heart of the old town. There is a modern square "Plaza de la Inmaculada" with the Town Hall on one side and the ancient Church of Sta Paulino on the other.

The town is popular in the summer with Spanish holiday makers although it is generally untouched by foreign tourists.

Self-catering accommodation is the most popular option in Barbate, with apartments offering unrivalled views over the coastline and sea, and villas offering gardens, swimming pools and ultimate… More →

A very popular holiday destination, especially for Spanish holiday makers, Barbate has some of the most unspoilt beaches along the Cadiz coast. Due to the influx of tourists that descend upon the… More →

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… More →

Comes provide a daily bus service from Cadiz city to Barbate. Calling at San Fernando, Chiclana, San Andres golf, El Colorado to Conil de la Frontera, continuing on to Vejer, La Barca de Vejer,… More →

Barbate Marina information. Latitude: 36* 1'6"N - Longitude: 5*55'45"W - VHF: CH9, Harbour Entrance width: 150 M depth: 3.5 M, 421 Moorings, 6 - 20 M deep. Things to see: Visigoth hermitage San… More →

The municipality of Barbate boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa de la Luz inlcuding los Caños de Meca and Zahara de los Atunes. The golden sand of Playa de Zahora stretches from… More →


There are several beautiful beaches close to Barbate including one right in front of the town. More >

Natural Parks

Just to the north of the town, a vast Protected Area of pine forest reaches down to 100m high cliffs. The miles of long sandy beaches flanked by pines are well worth a visit.

To the south is another Protected Area, the marshy salt-flats of the Parque Natural de la Brena y Marismas del Barbate.

Local Festivals

23rd June: "Verbena de San Juan" Local crowds gather on the beach at night to burn images of local or national celebrities and notorious politicians.

16th July: "Feria del Carmen" Saint Carmen is the patron saint of Fishermen and also of the town so this festival has particular religious importance for the town.

Gran Sardina - "Festival of the Great Sardine" takes place in the fishing port.

Tourist Office

The local tourist office is located in Calle Ramon y Cajal, 43
Tel: (00 34) 956 431006


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Mountain bike tour Costa de la luz Barbate Zahora

Mountain bike tour Costa de la luz Barbate Zahora
Mountain bike tour Costa de la luz Barbate Zahora

A 40 kilometer long tour through the beautiful La Breña nature park. Departure point is from Zahora. The tour goes towards San Ambrosio up a dirt road through the La Breña nature park. Once you arrive in the nature park, you follow sandy roads to the seaside town Barbate. In Barbate we stop to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee. After having gained energy, we cycle up Barbate Mountain towards San Ambrosio the small village in the middle of the nature park, this route takes us over breathtaking cliffs overlooking the sea. It's a bit of a heavy part, but arrived in San Ambrosio our lunch Andalusian style is waiting for us.

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Mountain bike Holiday Costa de la luz Spain

Mountain bike Holiday Costa de la luz Spain
Mountain bike Holiday Costa de la luz Spain

This area on the Costa de la luz is not yet overrun by mass tourism, an incredible nature where the park Breña and white sandy beaches make it a perfect environment for outdoor activities.

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