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Barbate at the Costa de la Luz is a small town mainly living of the traditional tuna fishing which has not changed within the last centuries.The up to 3m long tunas are still being caught by using huge nets between various boats, and at last by hand. 

The beautiful beach and plenty of fantastic fish restaurants along the Barbate beach promenade compensate the modern block buildings. Some people here still use the old name of "Barbate de Franco" - resulting from the fact that the former Spanish dictator Franco used to spend his summer vacations in Barbate.

Barbate's highlights are to be found in its surroundings. Little bays covered by steep cliffs, endless white sandy beaches and large pine woods provide an authentical view into the beautiful Andalusian wilderness. The natural park of La Breña invites to some extended hikes or bicycle tours.

One of the major arguments to spend a holiday in Barbate is its great nightlife attracting thousands of young people in the summer months. The day time on the beach is being used to recover from night time activities.

Don't forget to visit one of the traditional Bodegas in Barbate to try the famouse ham of the black Andalusian pigs, the fantastic Manchego cheese and, of course, some of the local fish specialities. Whine from the region or a glass of Sherry from the near by town of Jerez de la Frontera will round up this great culinaric experience.

Fun & leisure in Barbate

Nightlife in Barbate

Barbate earned its reputation for being a popular beach side resort not only for its great beaches but also for its exiting nightlife offers.

The evening starts in the beach bars (Chiringuitos) which don't close before the early morning. Later at night people move to the clubs to dance until the sun comes up.

Those who feel a lack of sleep can recover on the beach all day long to be fit for the following night.

Club Teatro
El Lentiscal
11391 Barbate
  The Club #1 in Barbate!
Very popular and open all year long.
Electronical music and dancing.
Club Bay Bay
El Lentiscal
11391 Barbate
  The former bullfighting arena is now a Club.
Right opposite of the port.
Party from dusk til dawn.

Restaurants in Barbate

Barbate ist eine excellent adress for friends of fish and sea food. Some of the best recommendations are situated along the beach promenade on the left side of the port and the light house. Most places here are still very affordable.

A speciality from Barbate is the so-called "Mojama". They cut the tuna in very thin slices, salt it and dry it for one month. The climate of Barbate is helping this process very well.
Enjoy the superb Spanish kitchen!

Restaurante Torres
Ruiz de Alda, 1
11391 Barbate
  The best restaurant in Barbate.
Directly at the beach next to the light house.
Mon-Sun: 11:00 - 24:00, Res. Tel. (+34) 956 430 985
Restaurante El Campero
Avenida de la Constitución, 5c
11391 Barbate
  On the beach promenade and very recommendable.
Good fish and meat specialities.
Mon-Sun: 11:00 - 24:00, Res. Tel. (+34) 956 432 300

Shopping in Barbate 

Barbate offers anything you may need in your holidays. Supermarkets are well sorted and fresh food from the region can be bought at the market.

A sports store and some clothing shops offer summer fashion. If this offer is not large enough for you, there is a huge shopping center in San Fernando about 40km away in direction Cadiz.

Excursions from Barbate

Barbate is a perfect base point for many interesting day trip destinations which could easiliy be visited in one day without causing "holiday stress".

We recommend to book a rental car to stay mobile and to be less dependent on public transportation. 

Here just some destinations you can reach from Barbate within one hour driving:

Cadiz - histor. center 
Barbate - Cadiz 60km
  60km from Barbate is the oldest town in Europe - Cadiz.
Find out more about Cadiz!
Tarifa - wind capitol
Barbate - Tarifa 40km
  Tarifa is the European mecca for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Visit Tarifa and its unique flair!
Caños de Meca
Barbate - Caños 10km
  One of the nicest spots at the Costa de la Luz.
Fantastic beaches of Caños de Meca!

Sports offers in Barbate

Barbate offers excellent sports facilities, on the water and on land.

Surfers love Barbate especially in the winter time, when the Atlantic swell hits this coast directly and provides great conditions.

Windsurfers and kiteboarders enjoy Barbate for its more moderate winds than for example in Tarifa. The beach is wide and long enough for everybody.

Riding on an Andalusian horse along the beach into the sunset is a fantastic experience! Horses for rent and guided tours can be organized in Barbate.

Some of the best golf courses in Andalusia are close by Barbate. Throughout the year, the golf season never ends in the most southern part of Europe.

Thanks to the warm climate you can practice your favourite sports in Barbate all year long.

Surfing in Barbate - Spots, beach and conditions

Barbate at the Costa de la Luz is one of the best spots to catch waves on the entire coast.

Yerbabuena is the name of the cape on the right end of the Barbate bay. When the swell is coming from the south-west then this is the best spot to look for quality waves.

Be careful entering the water!  There are stones that could cut your feet while entering or leaving the water. Once your in the deeper water, this spot is not dangerous.

Some kilometers further up the coast in direction Cadiz you can find waves in Caños de Meca or in El Palmar that will work well even if there's no waves in Barbate.

Golf near Barbate - the best Golf courses in Europe 

One of the finest golf resorts in Europe is the Dehesa Montenmedio Golf & Country Club. This beautiful golf course is not situated right by the sea, so you might prefer to reside in one of the comfortable holiday apartments in Barbate and drive the 17km to Montenmedio for playing golf.

Besides this one there are many more superb golf clubs around Barbate. Combine the best of these clubs to have the Andalusian golf vacations of your life time!

Thanks to the climate, the golf season never ends in Andalusia and even in January you can play in thin clothing.

Here some more recommendations for golf clubs in Andalusia:

  1. Costa Ballena Golf
  2. Sancti Petri Golf
  3. Benalup Golf
  4. Dehesa Montenmedio Golf

The beaches of Barbate

Playa de Carmen

The city beach in Barbate is called Playa de Carmen and attracts mostly young people who look for sun, beach and nightlife. 

Bars and restaurants are open all day long and can be found just a few meters away along the beach promenade. It is all about meeting people on the beach and making appointments for the next evening to go out together. 

The beach is being watched from life-saving-towers to assure the safety of swimmers. There are showers and toilets at the beach promenade.

Playa Yerbabuena

This beach is situated on the right side of the port of Barbate, just a 10min foot walk away from the promenade. Due to the fact that most tourists stay on the Playa de Carmen, Yerbabuena is never crowded.

Here you will find no beach bars, but the beach is still maintened in its natural beauty. Surrounded by tall cliffs and pine woods you will encounter a true and authentic Andalusian paradise. 

Surfers love Yerbabuena for its great pointbreak wave infront of the Cape at the right end of the bay.

Climate & Weather in Barbate

While temperatures in the summer at the Andalusian coast are comfortably warm, it may be unbearably hot just 20km further in the country. Seville, for example, is used to have above 40°C every day while on the coast you only feel 25°C.

In winter time it hardly gets any colder than 16°C, except for the nights which could end up being around 10°C. The temperatures also depend on the wind direction: Levante brings warmer air from the land, Poniente brings cool air form the sea.

The average humidity in summer is around 30%, in the winter it is above 50%.

The probability of rain is very low apart from January until April. Statistically the Costa de la Luz provides more than 300 days of sunshine per year. In fact, rain is always welcome to assure the water supply in the dry summer months.

Arrival to Barbate

Airports   Airport Jerez, ca. 70 km away, Tel. (+34) 956 186 863
Airport Seville, ca. 180 km away, Tel. (+34) 902 404 704
Airport Malaga, ca. 160 km away, Tel. (+34) 902 404 704
Bus connections   Find here updated information on  bus connections.
The bus station of Barbate is right in the center. Tel. (+34) 956 653 456
Train stations   Find here updated information about train connections.
The next train station from Barbate is San Fernando, Cadiz and Jerez.
Rental car   From all directions on the N340 national road, exit "Barbate" at Vejer d.l.F.

Useful informations about Barbate

Emergency   For emergencies on water, Tel. (+34) 900 202 202 (free)
Taxi   Plaza el Ancla, 11391 Barbate, Tel. (+34) 956 431 084
Farmacy   C/ Pío XII, 14, 11391 Barbate, Tel. (+34) 956 430 288
Hospital   c/ Amor de Dios, 11170, Tel. (+34) 956 410 254


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