Zahara de los Atunes
|Municipality of Barbate: Zahara de los Atunes|
|coat of arms||Map of Spain|
|Autonomous Community :||Andalusia|
|Comarca :||La Janda|
|Residents :||1,250 (2012) INE|
|Postal code :||11393|
|Location of the place|
Zahara de los Atunes is a small coastal town on the Costa de la Luz ( Spanish Atlantic coast) in Andalusia . It belongs to the municipality of Barbate in the province of Cádiz . The place is known as the center of tuna fishing .
The name of the place is of Arabic origin and can be derived from Ṣaḫra (to do ), 'rock'. The addition of the name de los Atunes serves to distinguish Zahara from Zahara de la Sierra , also located in the province of Cádiz. Atún : . Span tuna is exerted here on the form of tuna fishing, the Almadraba due
The location of the place on the southernmost foothills of the Iberian Peninsula near Tarifa (southernmost city of Spain) and the English Gibraltar allows a view over the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier in Morocco on the African continent in good weather .
The place is still not particularly big today. Due to the mainly Spanish, but also among others German tourists in the holiday season, the place has grown by some tourist facilities such as hotels, apartments and the like. Similar to the neighboring town of Atlanterra , today it consists mostly of apartments and a few hotels. In the summer months there is a traditional craft and hippie market.
Zahara de los Atunes was built in the 16th century next to a fortress built by the dukes of Medina-Sidonia . This served to protect the tuna catch that gave the place its name, for which the dukes of Medina-Sidonia held a royal privilege.
Efforts to separate the place from the municipality of Barbate and to found an independent municipality have not yet found a majority.
Zahara de los Atunes, like Bolonia, was founded by the Romans. Today's church and the Castillo , the fortress, were used as a salt store and as a storage facility for the salt-pickled tuna.
- Local history (spanish)