Zahara de Los Atúnes is a fishing village and also a summer tourist resort with a fantastic, Atlantic facing beach. The village is appropriately named after the fish because of the local and traditional seasonal La Almadraba (an age-old Phoenician technique for trapping and catching Atlantic bluefin tuna in elaborate nets. This technique was introduced by the Moors and takes place every May and June around which there are many fiestas).
In a land that so honours the pig, Zahara’s red tuna is granted the title "The Ibérico of the sea".
As ever in Spain, it can leave the dedicated vegetarian feeling hungry, even the pl...
This rather scruffy fishing village of Barbate along the southern coast of Spain near Cádiz, has been fishing bluefin tuna using the same methods for well over 3,000 years. This traditional tuna fishing method, known as almadraba, is famous throughout Spain for catching the country’s most popular tuna.
The almadraba season is in May and June. Small fishing boats attached to giant round nets float in an ever-widening circle in the narrow Gibraltar strait between Africa and Europe. As the circle widens, the nets become taught, drawing the tuna closer and closer to the surface. When silvery fins start flashi...
The palm fronted Hurricane Hotel sits above the beach where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, with Morocco just 15 km away across the straits of Gibraltar. It is on the coastal highway outside the town of Tarifa.
Laid back Andalusian in theme, it is set in lush gardens with a romantic dinner terrace that has views across to Africa.
The wind and kite surfing school helps make the most of Tarifa’s famous waves.
With the quiet patio and garden, this place is a lovely retreat during the warm months. The location is a few miles drive into town, so that might be a concern if you want to try othe...
This is a great little chilled hotel with something of a Ibiza and Bali vibe.
The rooms are scattered around the grounds, mostly situated around the swimming pool area, so best to visit when it's not school holidays, as it does get busy with kids then. Although the rooms are rather close, each has a sitting area outside. The pool area is quiet and relaxed during the day as many residents will be kitesurfing.
You use the footpath to get to the beach from the hotel that goes under the busy main road.
Playa Valdevaqueros is one of the best beaches in Europe and is full of surfers and windsurfer dudes.