Castelar 11, Tarifa, 11380, Spain
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The fermentation ponds for 'garum'
Decumanus Maximus - the main E-W street
From an old statue
Sacred Heart of Jesus marks breakwater end
travel from cadiz to tarifa and back
Hello, My friend and I are traveling to Tarifa from Sevilla, via Cadiz. We only have one night in Tarifa and plan to spend the following day in Morocco until 4 pm. My question is... will we have enough time to get from Tarifa, to Cadiz and back onto the train to return to Madird at a decent hour that night? I am trying to figure out bus stops and train time tables and I'm not doing a good job of it. We leave the country the next day and don't want to risk getting stuck somemwhere..
Any HELP is greatly appreciated.
Re: travel from cadiz to tarifa and back
Hello Karen. I looked up the train times on Spanish Railways: www.renfe.es and it looks like you won't make it back to Madrid by train. If you go to Cadiz, the last train to Cadiz (without changing) is at 16.15. I looked at Algeciras (which is an alternative and popular route) and the last train to Madrid is at 15.15.
So what are alternatives?
Well you can take a local train from Cadiz or Jerez that will take you to Seville. Then at Seville you could take the fast AVE service (2 1/2 hours from Seville to Madrid Atocha station) . This would mean finding a suitable bus to get from Tarifa to either Cadiz or Jerez.
Possibly the better route is for you to get from Tarifa to Malaga and then take a train (or bus) to Madrid. There are buses to and from Algeciras on a fairly regular basis. You could check by looking at www.tgcomes.es
At Algeciras you can take a bus to Malaga. Also look at http://www.ctsa-portillo.com/ (PORTILLO BUS COMPANY)
But I think you may find this route too difficult - timewise.
As I said. there is a regular bus from Tarifa to Algeciras. Maybe the best option although not the most comfortable, would be to take the overnight bus from Algeciras to Madrid? This leaves at 21.45 from Algeciras allowing you plenty of time to find the bus. It arrives at Madrid in the early morning at 06.20 ! if this sort of travel is appealing then look at the bus operator: www.daibus.es and also look at the best ticketing web site in Spain www.movelia.es (this latter one does not do all bus operators but you can order tickets online if you like)
One other thing. If you decide to look at the Algeciras option then I think you should also look at the LINESUR option to get from Seville to Tarifa via Algeciras. There are buses that run down to Jerez then on to Algeciras run by www.linesur.com and they are possibly the quickest ones. I have used them and they are fine. When you arrive at Algeciras bus station (called San Bernardo) you will then have to look out for the Tarifa bus (COMES bus) which will take you around the headland. have a look at a map of the area on www.viamichelin.com
Ask any questions and will try to help.
Travel Tips for Tarifa (Cadiz)
It has been always a city with history, but in the last 20 years it became world wide famous because of its weather conditions, ideal for wind surfers.
Around the village you will find lots of shops specialised on wind surfing and all the news sports
A surfer's paradise?
After spending most of our holiday in Spain either in the inland mountainous regions or blocked off from the Mediterranean coast by high-rise resorts, it was quite thrilling to see the wild activity taking place in Tarifa as the winter waves of the Atlantic Ocean rolled in one after the other.
According to the surfing websites, the coast between Cadiz and Tarifa provides some of Spain's best surfing locations, with the best months for large waves being between October and May when the ocean is at its stormiest. Visitors don't have to go far for surfing because Los Lances beach is right in the city beside the land connection to Isla La Poloma, with the geography providing a natural amplification of the waves. We thought it was quite an exciting-looking spot but apparently it is simply just a good place to practise before tackling some of the other beaches which require higher skill levels. Wind and kite surfing are extremely popular in the Tarifa area as well.
If you have time to spare you can visit Africa. There is a ferry service from Tarifa to Tangier in Morrocco. It takes 35 minutes and there are regular services each way each day.
On board is a duty free shop, cafe and restaurant.
Should you arrive in Algeciras there is a free shuttle bus between Algexiras and Tarifa for people buying a ferry ticket.
We did notice quite a large car park down by the ferry however, I dont know whether you have to pay for parking or not.
Apparently euros, dollars or british pounds are accepted in most places in Tangiers if you prefer not to change any money.
Bolonia Roman ruins "Baelo Claudia "
Located just behind Bolonia Beach are the ancient ruins of the Roman city Baelo Claudia. Open to the public the site is interesting and worth visiting. The city covered a large area and a large section of it is available for exploration, ideal if you get a little bored of sitting on the beach all day.
I am building a Bolonia page giving much more information on this site.
Sancho the Brave as he was known was born in 1257 and died in 1295. He became a spanish king in 1275 on the death of his elder brother. He had to fight for his kingdom though mostly with his late brothers heirs. In 1292 he conquered Tarifa from the Moors. His son who eventually succeded him was Ferdinand IV.
This statue of him him celebrates 700 years from 1292 - 1992. It is in front of the Castle
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