The name Barbariga derives from the Venetian noble family name Barbarigo that gave two doges, cardinals and ten district governors provveditori. Due to numerous Roman finds on the area of stancija Barbariga, it is known as an archaeologically rich area.

Among the ruins of the still existing ancient houses, this area also yielded remains of a large wool production and fabric dyeing plant, the most important oilery in Istria in the 4th century and two large villae rusticae with polychrome marble mosaics.

In the Middle Ages Cape Barbariga was named Cape Cissana after the legendary town of Cissa, sunken in the 8th century. There are also other archaeological sites, as well as remains of the pre-historic hill-fort Mandriola and the Early Christian three-aisled basilica of St. Andrew with mosaics, sarcophagi, and stone reliefs from the 7th century. 

Tourists and bathers often visit Barbariga bay with its beach and quay. Between Peroj and Barbariga lies the old basilica of St. Foška (9th – 11th centuries), often visited by pilgrims and artists. There is a significant number of seasonal tourists, as well as restaurants and taverns offering a fine selection of fish. This beautiful area offers cultural and religious itineraries, sports activities, hunting and fishing.