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Zahara de los Atunes E-11393, Cádiz
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From impressive wildlife to a wide range of leisure activities and an unparalleled gastronomic offering
Andalusian architecture has been shaped by external influences for more than 3000 years: Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians and Arabs shaped entire cities with their constructions and left behind world-famous buildings such as the Alhambra in Granada, the Mosque of Cordoba or the Seville Cathedral.
With our development we are upholding this tradition and writing the next chapter of a story that has produced a veritable wealth of architectural styles. Numerous internationally renowned architects have immortalised themselves here with their works. The artistic value of the different architectural styles is as diverse as the region itself and includes buildings in traditional Andalusian style, as well as modern architectural treasures.
The construction of most of our chalets follows the latest trends in contemporary architecture or is based on classic-modern designs with avant-garde trends, inspired in part by original concepts based on Gaudí or Frank Lloyd Wright. We have worked with many renowned and award-winning international architects. Artists such as Antonio Lamela, Alberto Campo Baeza and Luis Moreno-Mansilla have made Atlanterra grow in beauty and importance with their works.
The style of traditional Andalusian architecture is unmistakably Mediterranean. Typical patios and roofs have their roots in Roman and Arabic architecture. Ornamental tiles, wrought iron grilles and flowers decorate houses. Squares and fountains are inseparably linked to the Andalusian urban landscape, as are white walls and narrow streets within the urban landscape. It is an ideal creation for the Mediterranean climate.
Wide Andalusian meadows and picturesque villages surround our development. Charming towns such as Vejer de la Frontera, Medina Sidonia, Alcalá de los Gazules, Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema, Ubrique or Ronda have routes that are well worth exploring such as the Camino de los Toros or the Camino de los Pueblos Blancos.
Nearby is the fishing village of Zahara de los Atunes in the province of Cádiz, known for its superb beaches, its exclusive tourism and excellent cuisine. In our neighbouring bay you will find the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Baelo Claudia. You can also explore the city of Cádiz and its surroundings. Founded by the Phoenicians more than 3,000 years ago, it is considered today to be the oldest city in Europe, and it is worth seeing the old town as it is considered one of most interesting places in Spain. A visit to Seville is also always a good idea. The capital of Andalusia is of great interest for its innumerable monuments and its world-famous Holy Week procession. Also, Marbella and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Malaga, have great appeal, since the latter also offers an international airport with intercontinental connections.
On the other side of the sea, on the African continent, you can visit the exotic cities of the modern East such as Assilah, Tanger and Chauen.
The city “on the border” hosts Sherry and the world-famous Royal Andalusian Riding School. During the Horse Fair, which takes place every year in May, it celebrates the importance of livestock for the development of regional culture, all with the typical Andalusian joie de vivre, numerous horses and carriages. The old city of Formula 1 fame also has an international airport, only eight kilometres from the city centre.
East of Atlanterra is one of the last English colonies and one of the most interesting cultural melting pots in the world, where Christian, Arab, Jewish and Indian cultures merge with that of the English.
Andalusian cuisine is also influenced by a variety of cultural influences. It reflects the legacy of late antiquity, the Arab occupation and the era of Spanish foreign trade.
The clean water of the area forms the basis of Mediterranean cuisine, with its preference for fish dishes, and provides the coastal region with an exquisite richness of maritime delicacies, from sardines, gilthead breams and sole to squid, mussels and lobsters. Locally caught, the catches are sold the same morning in the market to be served at night in the local cuisine.
There is probably no other place in the world with a higher density of first-class restaurants than Zahara de los Atunes. The charming fishing village has also been spared from mass tourism, retained its authenticity and completely dedicated to quality. Thus, its chefs could and can gain national renown throughout Spain, as well as internationally. And the level is constantly rising with annual cooking competitions between restaurants.
The name of the fishing village translates as “tuna paradise” and is known for its bluefin tuna, which has been captured here using traditional methods since Phoenician times. The art of tuna fishing, 3,000 years old, is called Almadrabaand is held here annually from May 15 to 20 on Ruta del Atún (the Tuna Route). Around 40 restaurants and bars create their own tuna tapas. Visitors come from all over the world, wandering from door to door, enjoying a sherry or a cold beer. Even the best Japanese chefs travel to Atlanterra at this time of year to acquire high quality tuna for their restaurants.
The meat available in the market of Zahara de los Atunes has an extraordinary quality and flavour. Since cattle can graze freely in the large pastures of Andalusia and feed naturally, it grows slowly and healthily. Retinto meat has even become a brand recognised by the European Union, with unparalleled quality. This quality can be appreciated especially in one of the two festivals of beef tapas, where you can taste all kinds of retinto dishes: in September in la Ruta del Retinto of Zahara de los Atunes or in December in Conil de la Frontera.
Chef Joaquín Olmedo Muñoz has won the Tuna Festival competition several times. His restaurant, Antonio, is not far from our development and a mere two steps from the shore. Here you can enjoy tuna tartar, white prawns or an exquisite John Dory while listening to the waves and watching the ocean. Joaquín has already been awarded for his skills by the renowned Repsol travel guide with one of its famous suns.
The most popular activity is probably observing the African coast from your own swimming pool. If you are tired of the changing play of colours over the sea which, after Sundown, is replaced by the glow of moonlight on the waves, this area’s surroundings also offer a variety of entertainment possibilities.
Our long beaches of fine golden sand and crystal-clear water offer excellent conditions for swimming, snorkelling, diving, windsurfing or just a long walk. The Strait Natural Park and others in the area are great options for hiking, mountain biking and canoeing. The Atlanterra region offers the right activity for every resident.
The horse riding is a centuries-old tradition in Andalusia. Strolling along the beach and watching the sunset on horseback, as well as riding in the natural parks or in the surrounding pastures, are experiences as unforgettable as they are easy to carry out, because owning horses or borrowing them for a ride are available options in Atlanterra.
Our golf course with sea views is currently under construction. Our golf enthusiasts will also find a selection of several high-quality courses in the surrounding area, including the famous Club Montenmedio. Of course, there is also the possibility of playing tennis or padel tennis, which has become a nationally important sport in Spain over recent years. Taking trips by sailboat or motor yacht is also possible.
The locals call them “crazy about the wind”. Throughout the years the city of Tarifa has become one of the three world capitals of kite and windsurfing, together with Ho’okipa in Hawaii and Fuerteventura. Except for a few days, this place spoils water sports enthusiasts all year round with winds from 7 am to 9 pm.
When designing Atlanterra, we have always given great importance to the respectful treatment of nature. Through our careful planning, we managed to preserve the natural paradise we found when we arrived here.
Wide beaches of fine sand with crystal clear waters, surrounded by a beautiful nature, protected and intact, make Atlanterra one of the most beautiful bays in the world. This idyllic refuge contains wildlife comprised by some 2,000 species.
Mastic, periwinkle and toadflax – the landscape of Atlanterra and its surroundings is characterised by predominantly shrubby vegetation. Plants bloom here throughout the year. From palm and olive trees, pines, bougainvillea, oleander, orange and lemon trees to flowers: the magnificent variety of plants can be best admired in the gardens.
Starting from Camarinal Lighthouse, part of the Natural Reserve of the Nature Park of del Estrecho, you can find wonderful intact flora serving as home to hawks, eagles, storks, vultures and many other bird species. There are three other parks nearby: La Breña, Grazalema and Alcornocales Nature Parks.
In addition to a varied selection of leisure activities, you can also enjoy exclusive annual events in the region.
Since the celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2012, Atlanterra AG has organised on the beach of Zahara de los Atunes a publicly accessible horserace involving professional runners, as well as a beach polo tournament run following international regulations. No less popular are the performances of the Royal Andalusian Riding School. These three events must be considered when planning your stay at Atlanterra.
Andalusian culture is characterised by horse breeding and, therefore, we anticipate that you will never forget the grandeur of seeing these horses galloping at dusk after attending this show. This southern European horse-riding highlight takes place the last weekend of September, when you can also attend the Beef Tapas Festival and Retinto Route.
The Atlanterra Beach Polo Tournament will also be held that weekend. With this event the joy of the players and spectators is prominent. Beach polo differs from classic polo in that it is played on sand, so a smaller playing field and a special ball are used.
The strong attachment to horses that remains to this day is also reflected in the impressive performances of the Royal Andalusian Riding School of Jerez and the annual fairs of Seville and Jerez, in which many visitors take part on horseback or in magnificent carriages. In the surrounding estates, such as the famous Domecq Estate, horses are still used today, and many of the people who work there demonstrate their skills in this art by riding with pride and pleasure.