4 Things To Do In Barbate, A Beautiful Town In Cadiz

4 things to do in Barbate, a beautiful town in Cadiz

Barbate is a beautiful town in Cádiz with a great fishing tradition. It is famous, among other things, for hosting Cape Trafalgar, a natural monument and witness to one of the most famous battles in the history of Spain. Although Barbate also highlights its beaches and gastronomy. All this falls within the best plans that it offers and that we will discover below.

1. Get to know the most historical part of Barbate

The municipal term to which Barbate belongs has very old architectural vestiges. For example, you must see the remains of the Almadrabas castle, built in the 15th century as a building with military characteristics. In it the materials of the trap were protected from the attacks of the pirates.

Tagus Tower in Barbate
Tagus Tower – Angelo D’Amico

We move to the Natural Park of La Breña and Marismas del Barbate. There, and on the edge of a cliff, stands the Tagus tower, which dates back to the 16th century. It is shaped like a truncated cone and is over thirteen meters high. Inside it houses a spiral staircase that leads to a rooftop with a horseshoe-shaped sentry box.

Very close to the previous monument is Cape Trafalgar, where the lighthouse of the same name is located.  You will also see the Trafalgar tower, as old as that of the Tagus and also with a defensive function. The Trafalgar tower is today partially demolished, even so you can see the square plan and the vaulted plinth on which it rises.

The last stop on this trip to the past takes us to the remains of the hermitage of San Ambrosio, located in the town entity that gives it its name. The monument, whose origin dates back to the 7th century, is of Visigothic and early Christian origin and underwent several transformations during the Middle Ages. Its importance is such that it has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest.

2. Visit the Natural Park of La Breña and Marismas del Barbate

Pinar de Barbate
Pinar de Barbate – the roads of Malaga / Flickr.com

This park includes the dunes of Barbate and the upper and lower Breñas, as well as a marine strip and the river marsh, a resting point for birds on their migratory route between Europe and Africa. The protected areas cover some 5,000 hectares and include authentic natural jewels, such as the Tagus cliff. A good way to see it is through a boat trip from the port of Barbate.

The park also encompasses a pine forest, which is a good example of a Mediterranean forest and scrub. Likewise, the characteristic tree is the stone pine, although there are other plant species such as eucalyptus or juniper. How could it be otherwise, the combination of smells, both on rainy days and in hot seasons, is intense and peculiar.

3. Go to the beach

Caños de Meca – ANDARA RUTAS / Flickr.com

Barbate has a pleasant temperature practically all year round, which is why it invites tourists to go to the beach. They have a choice, since the municipality has 25 kilometers of coastline, which extends to Cape Gracia, already in Tarifa. Along it there are Cape Trafalgar, the cliffs of La Breña and several beaches.

There are eight beaches in Barbate in total : Mangueta and Zahora; Los Caños de Meca, ideal for windsurfers or kitesurfers ; Hierbabuena, Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Cañillos, Pajares and Zahara de los Atunes. All of them form a mantle of fine golden sand that runs from the west to the east of the Barbate coastline with a foray into the sea, the Trafalgar tombolo. 

4. Enjoy the typical gastronomy of the area

Boats in Barbate
Barbate- ajcabeza

Being a fishing village, fish-based dishes such as squid or anchovies could not be absent, although the red tuna from Almadraba stands out especially. And it is that Barbate is one of the main producers of mojama next to Isla Cristina, in Huelva. In addition, tuna is the protagonist of various elaborations typical of the area.

Another typical dish of Barbate is the oxtail, its secret being that it is cooked over low heat after browning it in oil and making it a fritter with various vegetables. You should also try the dogfish in yellow, the potatoes stewed with cod or the tonino in onion sauce, a simple dish that will delight all those who try it.

Cover photo: Diputación de Cádiz

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