24 May 2019.

Tarifa, Spain

Situated on the southernmost tip of Spain, Tarifa is not your typical Spanish Costa’s seaside resort. It’s a place steeped in culture with a heritage stretching back several millennia. The town comprises a mix of architectural styles much of it influenced by the Moors who inhabited Tarifa until the mid-thirteen-hundreds. But, the Moor’s are not the only ones with a hand in Tarifa’s architectural evolution. One very prominent feature of the resort and a good example of the mix of influences are the old town walls that were originally erected by the Islamic Moors and laterally extended by the Catholic Spaniards. One cultures expansion on another’s progress is evident throughout the town.

Today the narrow cobbled lanes are populated by a mix of residential dwellings, boutiques, tapas bars and restaurants. Typically for Spain, they come alive each night around 10pm as throngs of locals, tourists and immigrants (Tarifa is also the gateway to Europe for many Africans) take their place for an evening of indulgence. The tourists are generally a mix of windsurfers, kitesurfers and sightseers. Tarifa is not the domain of the average sun worshiper. This is probably due in part to the extremely high winds experienced here. And it is for this reason that Tarifa claims to be the windsurfing and kitesurfing capital of mainland Europe.

There’s a good choice of accommodation in Tarifa including private holiday lets, hotels and guesthouses. To the west of town, dotted along the largely development free sailing beaches – the coastline being protected from development by law – there are several hotels and campsites with good access to the action.

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Easily accessible by road from major airports such as Malaga and Seville. Tarifa is one of the main sea crossing points to Tangier in Morocco with frequent ferry sailings each day. Train links from Algeciras just twenty minutes up the road.


Great range of accommodation types and standards on offer. From 3, 4 and 5 star beach club hotels, bed and breakfasts, basic self catering apartments to campsites Tarifa has it all.

Aesthetic Appeal

The old town of Tarifa is full of narrow cobbled lanes lined with fashionable traditional terraced town houses with highly ornate courtyards. The architecture is a mix of Moorish and Christian.

Eating Out

Great choice of tapas bars and restaurants most suitable for people watching and buzzing with atmosphere.

Night Life

Very lively. Tarifa is a high octane destination and knows how to burst onto the stage. It's nights are typically Spanish and happily - although some revellers will undoubtedly drink more than they should - void of the drunken louts common in other coastal destinations in Spain.

Outdoor Activities

Tarifa offers a good range of outdoor activities including deep sea fishing, wildlife cruises, cycling and mountain biking, hill walking, coastal walks, scuba diving and of course windsurfing and kitesurfing.