Zahara de los Atunes Beach (Playa el Carmen)

Also going by the name of Playa el Carmen, Zahara de los Atunes is never unduly over crowded, even during the peak summer months, thanks largely to its sheer size. Stretching for more than six kilometres, its dune-like landscape of fine sand is backed by low cliffs, coastal flora, and unobtrusive villas.

Offering waters so clear they have been awarded a Blue Flag, Zahara de los Atunes is a good option for families and younger visitors, and provides public facilities including changing rooms and showers. The beach is, however, accessed via steep stairs set into the cliffs, making use of a pushchair or wheelchair difficult.

The clarity of the waters here makes Zahara de los Atunes a popular spot for swimming and snorkelling, as well as for windsurfing and sailing. There are natural pools to explore, as well as a stout fort and the sunken wreck of a steamship locally known as El Vapor which is visible at low tide.

Known for its red tuna, a series or bars and restaurants lining the beach are open in the summer, with the majority of the facilities located at the northern end of the beach. The main car park is relatively small, but regular bus services link Zahara de los Atunes with the likes of Cadiz and Seville.

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Zahara de los Atunes

Also known as:

Playa el Carmen

Type of beach



  • Swimming/bathing

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Restroom/toilets


Blue Flag Award

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