Atlanterra – Zahara
Travel guide, holiday apartments, holiday houses and chalets in Atlanterra
The area is characterized by beautiful bays (in the direction of Bolonia) and its proximity to the major tourist centres of the Costa de la Luz.
If you look for a comfortable beach holiday resort in Andalusia, then Atlanterra is the right choice.
The luxurious residential zone Playa de los Alemanes is situated on a hill on the left side of the Atlanterra bay. The name derives from the times of General Franco, the former Spanish dictator who distributed some pieces of terrain to some of his German ideological comrades.
Atlanterra consists of a few large apartment complexes which are definitely recommendable for families.
They offer all benefits of a high class family holiday resort in Andalusia: playgrounds for the children, a large swimming pool in the perfectly manicured garden, paddle courts (a mixture of squash and tennis) and direct beach access.
Fun and leisure in Atlanterra
In Atlanterra crowded bars and clubs are not the first choice. Instead we recommend the so-called Chiringuitos (the beach bars) situated along the beach promenade. Especially in the summer months you'll find great party here ending many times not before 8 am. Up from midnight the beach bars usually turn into dancefloors on the beach.
Forget about dress-codes in Atlanterra! Beach wear is always the right choice. If you prefer to spend the night in a club, let us recommend you the club in the Hotel Sol Melia which is open to everyone. Besides, plenty of typical Spanish bars can be found in Zahara de los Atunes , the fishing village 1km away from Atlanterra.
The food in Atlanterra is fantastic! Try the typical Andalusian recipes for fresh local fish like the tuna and sword fish, the unbeatable "Jamon" of the black Andalusian pigs or a filet of the best Spanish beef. We recommend to join the food with a bottle of Rioja and for dessert a glass of sherry from the nearby vineyards around Jerez de la Frontera.
Atlanterra provides some smaller shops selling food, drinks, beach accessories and sun cream. The Hotel Sol Melia has a bit more choice to offer in its hotel shops. The shopping offer in Zahara de los Atunes, however, is much more versatile and complete. If you still want more offer, around 10km further north in the city of Barbate all kinds of shops can be found.
Beaches and watersport in Atlanterra
The variety of sports offered in Atlanterra is unlimited. Horseback riding, windsurfing, kitesurfing,mountain biking, hiking, paddle, diving and sailing are just a few examples. Thanks to the warmclimate all year round you can practice your favourite sports at any time of year in Atlanterra.
The beaches of Atlanterra are some of the nicest beaches in Andalusia. The fine, white sand will satisfy even the most demanding tourists. We recommend to use sun protection while sun bathing. The Andalusian sun can cause sun burns within a short period.
Those who want to cool down their bodies jump into the Atlantic ocean which in the summer hardly has more than 20°C. In the winter the lowest water temperatures are around 15°C. For water sports it is recommendable to wear a neoprene suit. The sea water is very clean here and currents or strong tides are no danger hazard. Jelly fish or other non-welcome sea animals are not a problem.
Climate in Atlanterra
While temperatures in the summer at the Andalusian coast are comfortably warm, it may be unbearably hot just 20km further in the country. Seville, for example, is used to have above 40°C every day while on the coast you only feel 25°C.
In winter time it hardly gets any colder than 16°C, except for the nights which could end up being around 10°C. The temperatures also depend on the wind direction: Levante brings warmer air from the land, Poniente brings cool air form the sea.
The average humidity in summer is around 30%, in the winter it is above 50%. The probability of rain is very low apart from January til April. Statistically the Costa de la Luz provides more than 300 days of sunshine per year. In fact, rain is always welcome to assure the water supply in summer.