Barbate | Source: Texts and photos: Patronato provincial de Turismo.
Located in the environment which the Greeks called “Pillars of Hercules”, with numerous prehistoric paintings (Cuevas de Fuente Santa and Mojama, with traces of schematic paintings, anthropomorphic graves and the Caño Arado dolmens) it was the Phoenicians who made Barbate an export port, to implement the Almadrabas(tuna trap systems) which continue to this day and age. During the Roman Empire the town has its greatest period, becoming a prosperous enclave due to the fishing industry and salting. Located nearby from the Visigoth period is the San Ambrosio Hermitage.
The paradisiac beaches are ideal for swimming and water sports. The Playa del Carmen is located near the port (inside the town), it has a great promenade and is used usually to practice fishing and windsurfing. Los Caños de Meca is a long stretch of sand and clear waters, natural caves and cliffs where you can practice nudism (as in the Zahara beach). The Yerbabuena beach is known for its wild state, while Zahara de los Atunes is connected with the Atlanterra beach.
Barbate is situated between the Natural Park of La Breña and the marshes of Barbate, with multiple leisure opportunities to do. In the natural park there are lots of itineraries equipped and signposted to help enjoy its scenic beauty and ecological wealth. You can go hiking, biking, horseback riding and many other mountain sports. You can also enjoy its famous Lookout Towers (Torres Del Tajo, Trafalgar and Mecca) built as a defense points against pirate attacks that this area used to suffer.