Tourist Guide for Travelling to Zahara de los Atunes

Zahara de los Atunes tourist guide

Zahara de los Atunes is an ideal place to travel to, especially during the summer. It's located between Barbate and Tarifa, which makes it a great attraction for sun and beach tourism. The town stands out for its exceptional gastronomic options, high quality bars and restaurants. It also offers cocktail bars, markets with hand-craft products and beautiful coves and beaches. On these beaches you can find charming beach bars where you can eat, sunbathe, enjoy a sunset or even watch the sunrise with a cocktail in hand.

How to Get to Zahara de los Atunes?

Driving is perhaps the most comfortable and flexible way to get to Zahara de los Atunes. From major cities such as Seville or Malaga, the journey usually takes between 2 and 3 hours. If you are coming from Madrid, be prepared for a journey of approximately 6 hours. The roads are in good condition and the scenery is pleasant, which makes travelling by car an attractive option.

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Zahara de los Atunes is a small coastal town in the province of Cadiz, famous for its unspoiled beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Here, time seems to stand still, allowing visitors to unwind and enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. The town centre offers narrow, picturesque streets, dotted with local shops, as well as tapas bars and restaurants where local gastronomy takes centre stage.

What to do in Zahara de los Atunes?

Zahara de los Atunes is a destination full of possibilities for all tastes, from those looking to relax and enjoy the sea to those who prefer more dynamic activities. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your visit:

Explore Nature!

For nature lovers, the Parque Natural de la Breña y Marismas del Barbate are close by and perfect for hiking or cycling. Well-marked trails will take you through varied landscapes, from cliffs to forests and marshes.

Taste the local gastronomy!

Gastronomy is another of the great attractions of Zahara de los Atunes. Be sure to try the tofu, a star product in the town, which is prepared in a variety of ways, from raw in tartar or roasted or in stews. The restaurants here know how to treat this delicacy, so you're in for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Water Activities

If you are more adventurous, water activities such as surfing, windsurfing or kite surfing are very popular in Zahara. There are several schools that offer lessons for beginners and rent the necessary equipment, so this is your chance to learn something new in a spectacular setting.

Dream Beaches in Zahara de los Atunes

Zahara de los Atunes has more than 8 km of beaches, some of which extend into the municipality of Tarifa, such as Atlanterra. In Zahara, you will find different types of beaches: some are perfect for spending the day with the family, others are empty beaches and there are also options for people who don't like to go to the beach with clothes. All these beaches have clear waters and offer beautiful sunsets.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen stretches for 1600 metres of sand, sun and sea. It is a very quiet place, perfect for a family holiday due to its clear waters. This beach has excellent services: civil protection, public toilets, regular cleaning, accessibility for people with reduced mobility, parking, a tourist office, lifeguard service, watchtower, and sun loungers as well as parasols for rent.

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Furthermore, from the beach, you can see the remains of an old steamboat. The locals call it ‘El Vapor’, but its original name is ‘El Gladiador’. This ship, which was travelling from Gibraltar to Liverpool loaded with sugar, ran aground off the coast in 1893.

Atlanterra Beach

Atlanterra Beach is 2,600 metres long and has attractive natural swimming pools. It is one of the most suitable beaches for families, offering a wide range of services such as sun lounger hire, lifeguards, toilets, showers and beach bars. In addition, the natural pools that form with the tides are ideal for children to play safely. This beach is located between the beach of Zahara de los Atunes and Playa de los Alemanes.

Playa del Cañuelo Beach or Playa de los Militares Beach

This beach is 800 metres long and is located within the municipality of Tarifa. To get there, it is best to park in the car park near the Faro Camarinal lighthouse and be prepared to walk almost 1 km to the beach. Although the access is a bit complicated, it is totally worth it. It is a completely unspoilt cove, surrounded by pine trees, a type of beach that you don't find every day. Located between the beach of Bolonia and the beach of Los Alemanes, its difficult access results in fewer visitors, making this beach an ideal place for those seeking tranquillity or to practice sunbathing without clothes.

Where to Stay in Zahara de los Atunes?

Located just a short distance from Zahara de los Atunes, the Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa Hotel represents the perfect fusion of nature and luxury. This establishment is not only located in a stunning natural setting, but also offers all the facilities to ensure an unforgettable visit.

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The four-star Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa hotel is inspired by traditional Andalusian architecture and is located in Costa Ballena, nestled between Rota and Chipiona on the beautiful Costa de la Luz. The hotel overlooks a stunning 27-hole golf course and is within walking distance of the fine sandy beaches typical of the Cadiz region. It has 228 rooms which are known for their spaciousness and abundant natural light. All are fully equipped and include terraces offering lovely views of the swimming pool and golf course.

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For those seeking a moment of relaxation, the hotel offers the U-Spa, which features a variety of health and beauty treatments and a relaxing water circuit. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the surroundings, with options including cycling, paddle tennis courts, football pitches and more. If you would like to book please visit

Wrap Up: Tourist Guide to Zahara de los Atunes

Zahara de los Atunes is an ideal place to relax and enjoy an enriching cultural and gastronomic experience. You can choose between the cosy atmosphere of the Hotel Zahara Beach & Spa or the luxury of the Hotel Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa. Whichever you choose, your visit to this corner of southern Spain will be unforgettable. Explore and experience the magic of Zahara de los Atunes for yourself.

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