Barbate is a town on the Costa de la Luz in southern Spain. Barbate is located about 66 km south-east of Cadiz and 20 km north- west of Tarifa on the Atlantic coast near the Straits of Gibraltar. Towns and villages in the immediate vicinity are Vejer de la Frontera, Zahara and Los Canos de Meca. About 10 km north-west is also located the Cape Trafalgar.

The former name " Barbate de Franco ," named after the Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco (1892-1975) is hardly in use. On 7 March 1998 the nickname has been abolished.


Economic mainstay has long been the tuna fishing. Due to the decline in fishing, unemployment has risen, which in smuggling drugs (especially cannabis ) from Morocco see especially young people a source of income.

Tourism plays only a minor role, mostly it is the Spaniards themselves, who travel to Barbate. In the high season months of July and August Barbate still resembles a typical Spanish seaside resort. Water quality is affected by the effluents of the Rio Barbate.

Climate, Nature & Landscape

The climate is typically maritime by the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean. Even in winter, daytime temperatures hardly drop below 15 ° C and the values ​​in August hardly exceed 32 ° C.

Geographical landmarks are specially around Barbate: rocky coves and long sandy beaches surrounded by vast pine forests in the north- west ( La Brena ) and the marsh ( Marshes ) in the southeast, which are under protection.

To the west rises the Cape Trafalgar (Cabo T. ) in the Atlantic Ocean.

Playa del Carmen

Harbor wall of Barbate

Atlantic Ocean surrounded by pine

Rocky Bay near Barbate


Street Scene

Street Scene

Over the rooftops

Beach promenade