Tourist zone: Campo de Gibraltar
Distance from the capital (km): 131
Altitude above sea level (m): 23
Area (Km2): 331.33
Nº of inhabitants: 22587
Name for people: Barreños
Postal code: 11370
This town, which is more rural than maritime, owes its magnificent strategic position beside the Straits to early settlement by Neolithic cultures (there are cave paintings at Puerto de Bacinete and El Pajarraco), Phoenicians, and Romans. The current urban centre was founded by the old inhabitants of Gibraltar who were banished from the colony in the 18th century.
In the Plaza de la Iglesia, the Church Square, there are three of the town’s most emblematic buildings, the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church, the Town Hall and the Urrutia House, a beautiful, Baroque-style manor house. Other civil buildings which are worth visiting are the Old Pósito del Trigo (Wheat Granary) currently housing the Natural History Museum, the
Baroque Doncellas House, the Old Hospital de la Caridad, the Parodys House, the Old Casino, the Old Slaughterhouse, the Coca Well and La Montera Bullring.
Other leisure options include features ranging from the Botanic Garden and the Betty Molesworth Botanic Park to the walks through the surrounding areas allowing the visitor to stop in at the Ojen Hermitage and Village, the Monte de la Torre Watchtower, Los Cachones Mill and the Roman Bridge.
Also in the area around the town, there is the Cortijo de Guadacorte, which had stables of a standard appropriate to the high-esteem in which the Larios family held horses, an indispensable aspect of fox-hunting with hounds, made popular by Gibraltar’s Calpe Hunt.
In the area around Los Barrios, there are numerous natural beauty spots of extraordinary, unique beauty. The Marismas del Río Palmones Natural Beauty Spot stands out as an important resting area for thousands of birds. La Montera del Torero is a rock mass with the curious shape of a bull-fighter’s cap which has become an emblem of the town. Some 18km from the urban centre heading for Jerez, there is the Charco Redondo Reservoir, an elegant artificial lake surrounded by mountains, which has a recreational area.
The Tiradero Stream retains one of the purest, best-conserved forests in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park. Guadacorte Lake and the artificial beach at Palmones, with its quiet waters, are ideal for water sports and leisure activities.
The most interesting are:
- The Church of San Isidro Labrador, 18 th century, a beautiful church with three naves.
- The Pósito building, also 18 th century that was used as a granary.
- The house of the Doncellas, which during the war of independence was used to protect the town's virgins from the French. .
The Fair and Exhibition ground where important celebrations are held throughout the year.
It is interesting to visit the "Charco Redondo", a reservoir served by the river Palmones, where it is possible to fish for trout and barbel. ïLa Almogueraï has a horse riding centre and organises pony trekking.
The town has a beach called the Palmones surrounded by hotels and residential complexes.
Interesting web pages with more information on this place:http://www.losbarrios.es/
Official Web of the city council of Los Barrios http://www.alcornocales.org/
Official Web of Alcornocales Natural Park http://www.mancomunidadcg.es/
Mancomunidad del Campo de Gibraltar http://turismo.ayto-losbarrios.es/
Los Barrios Tourism Blog