Destination Zahara de los Atunes
The Phoenicians were the first people to settle in Zahara de los Atunes. Mainly, they were attracted by the richness of its waters, but particularly by the tuna fish. The Romans continued this usage, and brought to lots of palaces in Rome the most desired delicatessen: the garum, a fish-based sauce.
The Arabians continued with the fishing tradition, and after the reconquest, the first almadraba (the ancient artistry of tuna fishing) concessions were established. The almadraba and the social and economic movement it generated, are the origin of Zahara de los Atunes.
The name “Zahara” comes from Andalusian Arabic, meaning “wild and rocky”; and the “almadraba”, the ancient artistry of tuna fishing, gives this place its surname.
Back then, being almadraba fisherman was very hard. For this reason, many of them were ex-convicted or bad people, so they were banished from the area as a punishment. Attacks from Moorish pirates, the possibility to die or being captured as a slave were constant.
For these reasons, many defense bastions were destroyed, among them the Castle of Zahara, which was constructed in the 16th century as a defense building but also as the residence for noblemen and kings, who visited Zahara due to the almadraba. Precisely, this castle was mentioned in Cervante´s work “La ilustre fregona”.
At the beginning of the 16th century, Zahara began to grow due to the fame of the almadraba. Traders, soldiers and almadraba fishermen were the first ones to settle in this places, and built the first houses, poorly constructed and mostly near to the walls of the palace. This configuration was kept until the end of the 20th century with the construction and tourism boom. The Castle of Zahara de los Atunes was declared National Monument on 1949 April, 22nd, and it was designated of Cultural Interest on 1985.
It features a coastline over 8 km long, 100 meters width of golden, fine sand and 60 meters of autochthonous flora. Fresh and crystal-clear water, where the nature green merges with the sea blue. Due to the fact that it is a protected are, the sustainability and the respect of the environment have been promoted.
The great variety of different beaches makes of this place meet the demands of all visitors: from adventurous campers, over naturists and nudists, to families…
Zahara de los Atunes Beach
Approximately 5 km long. Just in front of the hotel. From our terraces, you can admire a sunset you will never forget.
3.300 meters long beach of sand and stones. There are wooden walkways to access the beach easily.
Búnker Beach o the German Cove
This cove is protected from the East wind, so you can enjoy your journey at the beach without any inconveniences. There are natural pools between the rocks, which are protected by a natural breakwater called “the bunker´s nest” and are the perfect place to dive.
Agua de en Medio Beach o Alemanes Beach
Approximately 1.500 meters long. Mainly, it consists of sand with remote stone areas. We can enjoy a wonderful beach with easy access and low influx of visitors, and views over Camarinal Lighthouse and Tangier.
WHAT TO DO IN ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES
Zahara town, which keeps the essence of Cádiz villages. Ancient Roman city Baelo Claudia. Built at the end of the 2nd century before Christ, over a Phoenician settlement. Parochial Church Nuestra Señora del Carmen, built in the 17th century.
Jadraza Palace, residence of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia and where Miguel de Cervantes wrote “The illustrious mop”. Visiting the Pope´s Chair, which is named after a ruins shape similar to this chair. Actually, it is the remains of a Visigothic church of Punica or Turdetans origin , which was there even before the Romans arrived.
Hiking in the natural parks with signaled itineraries to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and the ecological richness. You can hike, ride a bike or on a horse and do mountain sports.
Sport fishing, diving, canoeing, mountain bike, windsurfing, surfing, riding a horse or hiking are just some examples of the activities the visitors love to do.
DID YOU KNOW...
The steamboat called Gibralfaro, is stranded just a few meters away from the shore. It sank on 1902 January, 12th , and you can still sea the rusty steam boiler.
We also recommend you to visit the picturesque traditional fishing boats you can find in front of the town of Zapal in the historical center of Zahara de los Atunes.