San Jose del Valle
CN-340, PK 70, Tarifa, 11380, Spain
More about Tarifa (Cadiz)
Customs control onboard the FRS wessel
A surfer is dwarfed by the ocean
Standing columns and bits of columns
Ancient Roman columns and lively sand dunes
EL beaterio - any opinions?
have anyone stayed at el beaterio (www.tarifa.net/beaterio)? How was it?
I cannot find opinions about this hotel in internet.
Thank you for help
Re: EL beaterio - any opinions?
Location appears to be very good - near the busy public area around Av de la Constitucion not far from the Port. http://el-beaterio-tarifa.com/
hope you find some more information. Seems to be 'apartments' not a hotel as such. possibly these 'apartments' are elsewhere and not actually in Plaza del Angel. needs verifying. Maybe ask them directly ?
Re: EL beaterio - any opinions?
I came back few weeks ago and I can honestly recommend el beaterio. Nice, clean apartments for reasonable price.
Travel Tips for Tarifa (Cadiz)
The best view of Africa
If you are in luck and it's a clear day, then you are at the nearest to Africa at Tarifa.
A real good view of Africa, is on the road between Tarifa and Algaceras. There is a cafe on the side of the road in the hills, that has good parking and a fantastic view. A good place to stop and see Africa just only 14 km's away!
Muelle de Rivera
Is the causeway linking Tarifa town to Isla de las Palomas (Dove Island), you can drive out to the island although parking maybe scarce, it affords great views of Tarifas beach and the harbour.
Behind me is the statue of the Virgin of Carmen
Kite surf in Tarifa
Tarifa has become known as 'the Wind Capital' for many different reasons. Its wind reliability probably tops them all. It is very difficult to have two consecutive non windy days, as the detailed comparative chart shows.
However conditions are not always constant. It is wise to bring your full range of sails (renting locally is any easy option with the many schools spread along the beach). Here it is just as common to sail with your 3.5 m² as it is with your 6.5 m², even if I personally consider the 4.5 m² as the ideal sail. The new trend is to use a wave board in strong winds and kitesurf when winds are weaker. Actually kiters are starting to go out in all conditions!
Apart from rare occasions (during equinoxes and storms) the water is pretty flat, which make it ideal for beginners and slalom sailors. The most radical often make the trip to Caños de Meca which is only 50 km away. This is best after a few days of strong levante.
Remains of the water supply aqueduct
As we left the Visitor's Centre to begin our actual explorations of the site we immediately came upon the remains of one of their aqueducts, used to carry water down from the mountains surrounding this little cove to supply the homes and buildings of the community. In the first photo it is possible to see a part of the actual water-channel that has fallen off the top of aqueduct. A second aqueduct is also present on the other (western) side of Baelo Claudia where the Hot Baths were located outside the city walls.
Baelo Claudia first came to prominence in ~120 BC partially because it was close to an easy crossing passage between Europe and Africa but also because it was a excellent fishing area as schools of tuna migrated between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It did quite well for a few centuries but two earthquakes in ~50 AD and ~350 AD as well as a tidal wave caused severe damage that can still be seen in the masonry today as the site is excavated. Later attacks by pirates along this coast were the final blow as the town was gradually abandoned about 100 years before the Roman Empire itself collapsed. Hmm, maybe those earthquakes and the tidal wave are why that section of aqueduct has fallen off?
Tourist attraction with a strange history
This harbourfront area of Tarifa seems to be quite a historic spot. After watching the ferry depart for Africa, we continued our walk past this very interesting looking building with the appearance of some sort of old defensive tower.
This castle-like building, known as Santa Catalina, was actually built not that long ago - in 1929 to serve as a weather centre for shipping in the area. However, its role changed drastically only a few years later with the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. General Franscisco Franco and his forces that eventually won the war took it over for military purposes by converting it into an ammunition storage facility and also outfitted it with concrete bunkers for defensive purposes. The various slits and doorways at ground level are remnants of those military days before it was allowed to revert back to a weather station in the 1950s (and subsequently retired around 2000).
Over the years Santa Catalina with its distinctive shape has become quite a symbol of Tarifa, so plans are now afoot to rehabilitate the structure to make it more accessible by tourists.
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