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Places in Spain - Barbate on the Costa de la Luz

 

Situated in the southwest of the province of Cadiz, and part of the Costa Trafalgar, Barbate offers the diversity, richness and colour, typical of Andalucia. This little corner of Spain offers 25km of fine beaches and the national park area of La Breña. Barbate has two ports, the yachting harbour and the fishing port. The yachting harbour is situated next to the fishing port and divides the beaches of Nuestar Señora del Carmen and the beach of Hierbabuena. The beaches of Barbate offer all manner of water sports including diving, sailing and wind surfing. The whole area is perfect for activity holidays.

   

 
The natural park of La Breña and the Barbate Marshes is made up of the Dunes of Barbate and Breñas Alta y Baja, a total of 5,300 hectares. The protected area includes a strip of sea, one nautical mile wide. The area is home to many rare birds and other wildlife.

 

Barbate also harbours some important historical monuments including the Castle of the Almadrabas in Zahara de los Atunes, a 15th century construction built by the Dukes of Medina Sidonio.

 

Trafalgar Tower stands next to the lighthouse, now in ruins. Tajo Tower and Meca Tower are both examples of military watchtowers built on the cliff edge.

 
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One of the towns major industries is tuna fishing and the fishermen follow two seasons. The straight season is when the tuna are heading towards the Mediterranean and the return season is when they return to the Atlantic Ocean. This complicated activity has been practiced here since the times of the Romans and Arabs.
 
As Barbate is a town with a maritime tradition, its no surprise that the local cuisine is mainly based on the produce of the sea. Here you will find excellent dishes of cuttlefish, squid, tuna, sole, dogfish and bream.

When it comes to fiestas, Barbate celebrates the Virgin Carmen in July, patron saint of fishermen. In February Barbate has a massive carnival and they also partake in the usual Semana Santa celebrations at Easter.

 
 
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