Tarifa (Cadiz) Off The Beaten Path

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    Wind Farms

    by keeweechic Written Nov 15, 2008

    Dotting the hillsides behind Tarifa are huge wind farms. In fact these farms are one of the largest in Europe with hundreds of wind turbines making the most of this windy region to create electricity.

    These huge modern windmills stand some 67 metres high and create enough electricity to service Tarifa town and more.

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    Another Continent

    by bugalugs Updated Jan 1, 2006

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    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.

    Ferry
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    Gibraltar (continued)

    by bugalugs Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Here is also where you walk across the runway of the tiny airport to get into Spain.
    If coming in by car, queues can be very long especially in the summer months. There is car parks on the Spanish side if you prefer not to queue and walk in. You must have a passport to gain entry into Gibraltar even if you are British.

    I actually find it strange though that Gibraltarians have to show their passports when entering Spain, and yet by some arrangement with the Spanish authorities, Spaniards dont have to show their passport but just their ID.

    Lots of English pubs, you would think you were at home if you were from the UK.

    Here is where John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married, as did Sean Connery.
    It is quite popular getting married here, you only need to register the day before.

    The currency here is the British Pound Sterling. You can use Euros but you will get a terrible exchange rate so everything will appear much more expensive then. There are bureau exchanges in Main Street if you want to change money.

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    Gibraltar

    by bugalugs Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Within an hours drive from Tarifa is Gibraltar, which is British territory. The people there are known as Gibraltarians and speak english and spanglish which is a mixture of english and spanish.

    It was here in the bay 200 years ago that Admiral Nelson of the British Royal Navy Fleet was killed during the battle of trafalgar and his body was brought ashore here.

    Gibraltar is also known for the Rock which looms up so high, and is the home to dozens of monkeys that roam free.

    You can get a cable car up the Rock, or even walk if you are energetic enough. St Michaels Caves on the Rock are very impressive. Casemates Square where there are cafes and restaurants. Main Street which has an assortment of supposedly 'duty free' shops, although I dont think they are particularly duty free prices, unless you haggle with them and get the prices down, especially electrical, never buy something without having a haggle first. Pefume shops, and cigarette shops where the prices are a 1/5th of the price that they are in the UK. Probably half the price that you would pay in Spain. You are only allowed to take 200 into Spain though and the customs there are very strict, not the English customs but the Spanish customs.

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    Tarifa is an ancient city, full of contrasts

    by venteeocho Written Oct 25, 2005

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    Tarifa is an ancient city, full of contrasts, where tradition and modern life live together: a fishing port and water sports such as kitesurf and windsurf; an agricultural town; an old town and a medieval castle with roman ruins; an international city with excellent gastronomy, typical Andalusian soups and a great variety of exotic restaurants.

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    Los Alcornocales Natural Park

    by Carmela71 Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    Not many people know about this area (apart of locals or Tarifa lovers, even if they pass by many times as many of the hiden beaches have the access crossing them by foot.

    On some areas you can park your car and read the trekking itineraries on the maps :-)

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    Bolonia Beach

    by Beach_dog Updated Oct 5, 2004

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    Another of the coasts incredible beaches. Miles of clean white sand and sand dunes, rarely becoming crowded even in the summer months. Bolonia also has another attraction. Just behind the beach is the ruined Roman city Baelo Claudia.

    The beach has large parking areas and some good small seafood restaurants.

    Clean white sand at Bolonia.
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    Punta Paloma Beach

    by Beach_dog Updated Oct 5, 2004

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    The town of Tarifa has some pleasant beaches, but for the very best head a few kilometers west. Punta Paloma has fastastic stretches of white clean sand and many large sand dunes. It has ample parking space and is very rarely busy. A few small cafes and some campsites are located just behind the beach near the car park.

    Punta Paloma Beach
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    Wind farms

    by Beach_dog Updated Oct 5, 2004

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    Tarifa is reputedly the windiest spot in Europe. Lining the higher hills around the area are literally hundreds of windmills. I my opinion one of the more pleasant forms of modern progress, I think they are attractive and neccesary, better than seeing coal fired power stations on the skyline, churning out copious amouts of steam and smoke.

    Windfarm on hill above Tarifa.

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    Vejer de la Frontera

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 6, 2004

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    love to stop at VEJER DE LA FRONTERA, where i have enjoyed good days years ago. It is sited on the top of a mountain, and apart of an old castle and incredible views it has the spirit of a white village.

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    Moorish Fountains

    by barryg23 Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    Tarifa was ruled by Muslims for over five centuries and in the old town there are some reminders of this time, especially around the Mirador El Estrecho, where we found this fountain.

    Fountain in Old Town

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    Quiet streets

    by barryg23 Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    There are some lovely quiet streets in Tarifa's old town, in particular south of Iglesia de San Mateo and west of Calle Sancho IV El Bravo.

    On alle Coron el Moscardo

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    Windmills

    by barryg23 Updated Apr 12, 2005

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    One of the first things you notice on the way to Tarifa is the hundreds of windmills above the town, built to take advantage of Tarifa's famous winds.

    Windmills near Tarifa

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    Punta Paloma Beach 2: Dunes

    by Beach_dog Updated Oct 5, 2004

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    The dunes at Punta Paloma stretch for miles. Sculpted by the wind there are a great place for photography, and worth exploring.

    Dunes at Punta Paloma
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    Punta Paloma Beach

    by Carmela71 Written Oct 14, 2003

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    Outside Tarifa in direction to Cadiz, stop in this one.

    Some areas are not available as are military areas, but the dunes there, deserve a visit by sure

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