Barbate, not just any fisherman’s town

Whenever the small fisherman’s town of Barbate gets in the news it’s normally bad news.
Drug problems, high unemployment rate (about 5,000 people out of work on a population of 25,000), a vanishing fish industry, a bankrupt municipality or stranded boats with illegal immigrants. These are big problems, but I always love being there.
I see hundreds of beautiful pictures before me. Colourful markets, tattooed fishermen mending their nets, a little chapel in the harbour (for safe returns and a good catch), anchored tuna vessels, half sunken carcasses, buildings in decay, abandoned fish and salt factories..
Walking through Barbate one can feel it’s soul. And it’s alive, no matter what.

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