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Zahara de los Atunes? History.
Even though Zahara de los Atunes has experienced a boom in recent decades thanks to tourism, it boasts some very interesting events throughout its history.

Zahara de los Atunes? history goes right back to the many caves in the area that are witness to prehistoric human presence like the Atlanterra Cave and the Cave of Los Alemanes (The Germans).

Another interesting tale is about the birth of the word ?Cachondeo? (Spanish for Partying), thanks to the river ?Cachon?; it?s well worth reading about.

The beaches all have their own, interesting stories, like the Playa de los Alemanes, which the Germans who were keeping watch on the Straight fell in love with during the Second World War.

But if there is a curious and enigmatic history in Zahara de los Atunes it is regarding the ?Vapor Gibralfaro?, nobody knows where it came from or when it arrived.

Bullfighter ?Paquirri? is also part of Zahara?s history as it was here that he was born on the 5th of March 1948.

The first accounts of this pretty town on the Costa de la Luz date back to the 15th century in the first historic document which contains the name Zahara. Sometime later, Miguel de Cervantes, a famous Spanish writer, mentioned it in his novel, La Ilustre Fregona, precisely because of the feature that most stood out in this town before the tourist boom, the red tuna fishing in the waters of the straight.

The fact is that Zahara is a town that has always played a prominent part in different cultures and civilizations, thanks to its privileged geographic position. It is quite impressive to see the neighbouring African coast from any of Zahara de los Atunes? beaches.

What we now know as Zahara starts at Pajares beach, and spreads until Cabo de Gracia, a coastal area with incredible beaches; national press have called it ?Paradise?.

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