Barbate is a coastal town which lies in the province of Cadiz in Spain. It is located on the coast of Cape Trafalgar and within the famous La Brena Marismas Del Barbate Natural Park.
Barbate is famous for offering the best horse riding holidays in the area. After a day of horse riding, you can enjoy sunbathing on a long golden sandy beach which extends over 2km along the coastline.
The beach of Barbate is lined with many idyllic seaside promenades where you will encounter ice-cream parlors, bars and restaurants in which you can relax when you have had enough of the Mediterranean sun. It can be visited any time during the year as it enjoys an excellent climate.
Barbate is also a renowned yacht charter destination and its marina, Marina Barbate can accommodate up to 314 yachts measuring up to 25m. Marina Barbate is composed of 3 yacht basins which offer good shelter however the visiting yachts are advised to berth near the marina office.
The Marina Barbate is also within easy distance to Puerto America in Cadiz, some marinas in Algeciras and Marina Hercules (Puerto Deportivo de Ceuta) in Ceuta.
Its location near the Cape of Trafalgar contributes to make Barbate a popular seaside resorts in Costa de la Luz.
There are 2 popular beaches in the area: The Playa del Carmen which is the main beach in the town and Playa del Botero whose beaches stretch for miles apart from a few areas which are under the Military Zone.
You can sail along the coastline to visit some other beaches around the town like Mangueta, Los Canos de Meca, Hierbabuena, Zahora, Canillos or Pajares y Zahara de Los Atunes. Most of the beaches offer a large variety of water sports and are lined with numerous cheap bars and restaurants.
As Barbate is also a well-known fishing resort especially the tuna fishing, you will also have the opportunity to learn the Almabraba, a system of fishing taught by the Phoenicians and which is still practiced today. The system consists of placing fishing nets about 3km off the coast to catch the fish, which is really a spectacle not to miss.
During your visit in the area, you can also explore the Natural Park of Barbate where you will see some spectacular cliffs, some beautiful woods dotted with numerous umbrellas pines and the marshes of the River Barbate.