Almadraba Tuna Tour

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  • Ruta del Atún de Almadraba
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1.- Almadraba Tuna Tour

The Almadraba Tuna Tour combines hands-on knowledge of this artisan fishing method through tours of the almadrabas of Barbate and Zahara de los Atunes, seeing first-hand the ‘Snoring Tuna' or cutting, while experiencing the landscape of this section of the coast, which runs from Cabo de Trafalgar to Punta Camarinal. 

*What is almadraba?

The word almadraba comes from Arabic and means the place to strike or fight. It is a fishing art used by the Phoenicians along the coasts of Cádiz and then later by the Romans. It consists of setting a maze of nets along tuna routes, normally located near the coast from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean from April to June. This fishing art is not aggressive and respectful of the species and the environment.



Traditionally there were almadrabas everywhere along the provincial coast, but nowadays they are concentrated in coastal towns such as Conil, Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes and Tarifa.

Conil is without a doubt a key tourist destination for beach and sun. It is one of the towns in the area with the most atmosphere, especially in summer, driven in part by the surrounding communities. Great masses of pine, such as in Roche or el Colorado push up many times to the beaches contributing to the fact that they are preserved. The beach extends for 14 km and offers something for every taste, fine white sand and clear water where you can practice any type of water sport with spectacular views.

Where to eat and shop 

*Food market: small but great variety, from April to June you can find almadraba tuna along with local species such as red porgy, urta, snapper and sea bass.

*Tuna Week: during the month of June some 30 establishments participate in offering special menus dedicated to tuna. Restaurants such as La Fontanilla, el Timón de Roche, El Roqueo, Blanco and Verde, etc.

Barbate located in the area the Greeks called ‘Pillars of Hercules', this bright white villa surrounding a picturesque fishing harbour has been associated with the sea and fishing since antiquity. The Phoenicians were the first to make Barbate a port of export by establishing the almadraba fishing system that is in use today. Under the Roman Empire the area saw its greatest splendour, becoming a prosperous enclave due to fishing and salt production. The beaches are paradise and ideal for swimming and water sports.

Where to eat and shop

*Food Market: to visit and purchase during almadraba season.

*Tuna gastronomy week: celebrated each year in May.

*Packing Houses: to purchase all types of packed fish, La Chanca, El Rey de Oros, El Ronqueo, Conservas de Cádiz, Herpac. The latter offers not only the possibility to visit but also to experience a tuna ‘ronqueo' (cutting).

*Restaurants and bars: El Campero, La Bocana, Taberna de Abelardo, etc.

Zahara de los Atunes, this village of Barbate is a charming seaside town full of Andalusian flavour and quaintness with pristine beaches that conserve their natural wealth intact.

Where to eat and shop

*Restaurants and bars: Casa Juanito, Marisquería Porfirio, Almadraba, Gaspar, La Botica, Restaurante Antonio, El Albedrío...

*Tuna Tour: celebrated each May, you can enjoy this fish served many different way in the restaurants and bars in the area.

Tarifa facing out into the sea, it is the southernmost point of Europe and closest to Africa. It is one of the coastal cities with the greatest tourist attraction due to it being the capital of windsurfing and kite surfing. You will see that the urban layout is reminiscent of North African towns, with its white houses, plazas and lively streets, where visitors of all nationalities mix in with the residents of Tarifa themselves. Its idyllic and vast windswept beaches make Tarifa a cult location for water sports or scuba diving enthusiasts, among others.

Baelo Claudia is located in Bolonia, some 15 km approximately. This Roman city was founded in the II Century and reached great economic and urban development. Its main industry was the salting of fish, primarily caught using the almadrabas system introduced by the Phoenicians as well as the production of the famous ‘garum' sauce, which was exported throughout the entire Roman Empire. We recommend that you not miss this tour

Where to eat and shop

*Conservera de Tarifa: a shop offering every type of packed fish. In addition to almadraba tuna you can find frigate tuna and mackerel from Tarifa; products with D.O. Designation. (Specific Designation of Origin) Andalusia. Two brands, la Tarifeña and Piñero, are historical in this sector.

*Restaurants and bars: El Ancla, El Picoteo, Patagonia,  Las Cuatro Esquinas, El Francés, Los Mellis, Hotel  Hurricane,  Playa Blanca...


*Activity Suggestions

  • Visit the Herpac packing house to learn about the skilful process of fish packing. You can also experience the ‘ronqueo' of the tuna, or, the cutting of a large fish. Contact Herpac 
  •  Gastronomy tours with the company Compuertas, almadraba excursions, tours of packing facilities, see one jump 
  • Visit the Roman ruins Baelo Claudia (Bolonia-Tarifa), one of the most important and well preserved cities of the Roman empire, where you can learn about the salting factory used by the Romans for the conservation and treatment of tuna.
  • Sporting activities: enjoy nature through hiking, diving mountain biking, bike tours, etc. in the Breña Natural Park and Marshes of Barbate - Nature Explorer 





Patrimonio almadrabero del litoral de La Janda (2ª parte).
Patrimonio almadrabero del litoral de La Janda.