Cala de los Alemanes, a Stunning Beach on Costa de la Luz

Cala de los Alemanes, also called Cabo de Plata beach or Aguaenmedio, is located near Tarifa, in Zahara de los Atunes, a village on the Costa de la Luz of Spain.

This beach is the largest in the village of Zahara de los Atunes. It is located next to a mountain, so it is the perfect place when there’s east wind. The beach can be accessed only by car and has a parking of more than 100 seats in the vicinity. The lack of amenities could give the impression that it is not worth visiting but maybe it’s exactly this (still) rough and unspoiled character that gives the place its unique charm.

Cala de los Alemanes is also peculiar for its natural “pools” located between the sharp rocks, and its natural breakwater (called “nest of the underground refuge”), create beautiful bays. As a curious fact, the beach owes its name to the German soldiers who, during the Second World War, used this bay as a reserve of provisions.

The beach has an area of ​​1500 meters and an average width of 50 meters. It is not a crowded beach during the summer, partly because it is far from the main ones population centers and also because the neighbouring beach of Atlanterra has far more popularity. The village of Zahara de los Atunes is located 73 kms south of the provincial capital, Cádiz, and bordered to the south by the municipality of Tarifa and to the north by Barbate.


Zahara de los Atunes is noted for its excellent beaches, an outdoor cinema, and la Iglesia Del Carmen church where, curiously, tuna caught in Almadraba traps was butchered and salted. The now-ruined beachfront Palacio de la Chanca was built in the 15th century by the dukes of Medina-Sidonia, who profited hugely from the tuna fishing industry. Today the palace’s ruined walls host summer’s exuberant open air Cine de Verano (June-September) and stalls selling everything from kente cloth bumbags to octopus stew. Also in the town there are excellent facilities including a variety of restaurants, cafes and hotels.

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