Hiking Acontilado Natural park from Barbate to Cape Trafalgar will give you a real sense of achievement, along with the most amazing views of the historic cape and lighthouse through the abundant maritime pines which throng the sandy path.
Yes, there is parking at the entrance to the port where the tourist information office is situated and literally 50m from the start of the hike. We didn’t stay overnight.
Yes, this is an easy walk if they can manage the distance. A good alternative would be to go out as far as the Torre de Tajo and back, this would be around 6.5km return. Be mindful of pine processional caterpillars which may be observed in January/February…they are fascinating but poisonous.
There are lots of bars and shops at either end of the hike, but nothing on the route.
Busy in summer to the Torre de Tajo but quieter the further on you go. Cape Trafalgar can also get busy in the summer months.
Hiking Acontilado Natural Park, Barbate to Cape Trafalgar
A superb hike starting in the tourist information centre in Barbate, along a well defined cliff path, past the mirador at Torre de Tajo and on to Cape Trafalgar.
The hike is though a natural park of typical coastal trees such as maritime pines and other flora and fauna, with stunning turquoise sea views and glimpses of the lighthouse at the cape. The path is well defined if not marked, just keep walking north with the sea on your left!
You pass through the small town of Los Canos de Meca before arriving at the cape, this is a little tedious; you can walk on the beach instead…it makes for a much harder hike though! The cape itself is glorious but can be very windy. The distance quoted is for a return hike but taxi’s are available in Los Canos de Meca.