Los Barrios

Los Barrios | Source: Texts and photos: Patronato Provincial de Turismo.

"Los Barrios is more a rural village than a fishing village and has surroundings with many landscapes of extraordinary beauty and uniqueness."

Due to its excellent strategic location beside the Strait of Gibraltar there is proof of early settlements of Neolithic cultures (paintings of Puerto Bacinete and Pajarraco), Phoenicians and Romans.
The current village center was founded by the ancient inhabitants of Gibraltar who were expelled from the colony in the 19th century. Three of its most emblematic buildings are located in the Plaza de la Iglesia: the San Isidro Labrador Church, the City Hall and the House of the Urrutia, a beautiful Baroque mansion. Other civil buildings that are worth seeing are the Antiguo Posito de Trigo (old wheat granary and current Museum of Natural History), the baroque House of maidens (casa de las Doncellas), the Old Charity Hospital, the Parodys House, the Old Casino, the Old Slaughterhouse, the Pozo de Coca and the Plaza de Toros La Montera.
For leisure activities it has to offer from its Botanical Garden and the Botanical Park Betty Molesworth to routes in the outskirts of the town that will take you to the Hermitage and Village of Ojen, the Atalaya del Monte de la Torre, the mill of the Cachones and the roman bridge. In the surroundings there are also places like the Cortijo Guadacorte, which had lots of stables because the Larios family liked horses a lot, and they were essential for fox hunting with dogs, promoted by the Calpe Hunt of Gibraltar.
The Marismas del Río Palmones Natural Park has outstanding value as a resting area for thousands of birds. The Montera del Torero is a rocky mass with a whimsical shape of a hat and it has become an emblem of the population. At around eighteen kilometers from the town towards Jerez is the Charco Redondo Reservoir, an elegant artificial lake surrounded by mountains and has a recreational area. The Arroyo del Tiradero has one of the purest and best preserved forests of the Alcornocales Natural Park. The Guadacorte lake and the Palmones artificial beach, has calm waters and are ideal for sports and leisure activities.