La Breña y Marismas de Barbate
Hiding its treasures from the sea, the gorge covers from view the Breña and the Barbate Marshes, a group of lagoons that have suffered the impact of man, creeks, channels, and estuaries that are home to the most extraordinary list of birds.
Halfway between The Bay of Cadiz and El Estrecho between Mediterranean and Atlantic waters, this area is home to a magnificent diversity that occupies what was once the now extinct lagoon of La Janda which, alongside other smaller bodies, comprised one of the largest wetlands in Europe until it was drained in the mid-20th century.
Today the stage is shared by marshes, rice fields, meadows, dunes (Playa de Hierbabuena) and pine groves, such as La Breña, overlooking the cliff, a tremendous 90-metre gorge that runs along a stretch of six kilometres of coastline. Closer to the coast, small and intimate coves, sandy spits as Trafalgar or the famous stone yards used for fishing since the time of the Phoenicians and Romans, give way to seagrass meadows where the light pierces a crystal-clear, turquoise waters.
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- Tourist Office