Tarifa (Cadiz) Things to Do

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    View to Morocco

    by keeweechic Written Nov 15, 2008

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    Just around 14kms across the Straits of Gibraltar is the continent of Africa. On a clear day you can see the rugged Rif Mountains of Morocco. The highest points of this mountain range rise to 2,448 metres.

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    High Price To Pay

    by keeweechic Written Nov 15, 2008

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    The Guman's castle came under threat by the Moors who demanded that Guzman surrender the castle for the release of his infant son who they had captured. Guzman refused and his son as killed. The castle was to go through many sieges, the last of which was an unsuccessful attempt by Napoleon’s troops in 1812. The castle is open to the public for a small fee.

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    Tarifa Castle

    by keeweechic Written Nov 15, 2008

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    A central point of the town is the Castillo de Guzman el Bueno. The old castle was built during the 10th century reportedly on Roman ruins of a military camp which may explain its architecture. During the 13th century it was rebuilt by Guzman El Bueno. The towers are still the original ones except for the towers in the south which were adapted during the 18th century for he use of weapons.

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    Tarifa Lighthouse

    by keeweechic Written Nov 14, 2008

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    On the highest point of the island is the Tarifa lighthouse. Built during the latter part of the 1700’s. In 1854, renovations were made to the lighthouse and it was increased in height. While the lighthouse is closed, you can enjoy great views of Morocco.

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    Isle de las Palomas

    by keeweechic Written Nov 14, 2008

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    Isle de las Palomos (or Dove’s Island) is the small island which is connected to the mainland by small causeway which divides the Atlantic Ocean from the Mediterranean Sea. Point of Tarifa (Punta de Tarifa) is the southernmost tip of continental Europe. You can still see the old bunkers where the guns were protecting Tarifa.

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    Statue at harbour

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    In the port of Tarifa is a statue standing high on the sea wall watching over the fishing vessels. The statue is of the Virgen Del Carmen, patron saint of the sea and those who fish there. On the 16th of July each year Tarifa, along with a lot of other fishing villages, celebrate the feast day of the Virgen by carrying an effigy through the streets in a parade. Fishing boats are adorned with flowers and the day is usually finished off with fireworks.

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    Fishing Village

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    Tarifa is a little fishing village and that is evidenced by the number of fishing boats you see in the harbour. The locals still fish using the Almadraba method which was used during the 13th century. This involves using nets and making a circle of boats.

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    Castillo de Santa Catalina

    by keeweechic Written Nov 14, 2008

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    These watchtowers or battery towers were built high up by the Spanish so that they could keep an eye on any Moroccan advances approaching from the sea. Built in 1929, this Renaissance style castle was built 24 metres above sea level on castle hill and had one heavy gun.

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    The Old Town

    by keeweechic Written Nov 14, 2008

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    The old town of Tarifa is a white-washed town made up of narrow streets and cobble-stoned alleys and homes packed tightly intermingled with the old walls of Tarifa’s days gone by.. In amongst the houses are windsurfing, kitesurfing and boarding shops catering to the areas most popular sports.

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  • Roman Ruins of Baelo Claudia

    by GibJoe Written Apr 9, 2008

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    Roman Ruins of Baelo Claudia
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    Baelo Claudia used to be a Roman fishing village, it was constructed about 2000 BC. The ruins feature an entrance arch and main street, a forum, a temple, an amphitheatre, and in the industrial area the large fish salting pits. Entrance to the Romanic ruins is free of charge to EU nationals, all other nationalities pay a small fee of 1.5 euros. Baelo Claudia is about 20 minutes by car from the center of Tarifa. It is actually on one of the best beaches in the area, Bolonia.

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  • Whale Watching

    by GibJoe Written Apr 9, 2008

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    There are a few boats that will take you whale watching, the following is a list of the company that organise these trips. Unfortunately I did not have the time to go on one. Will have to, some time in the future!

    Aventura Marina
    Avda. Andalucía, 1
    956 05 46 26
    609 594 020
    e-mail: avistamientos@aventuramarina.org
    www.aventuramarina.org

    Whale Watch España
    Avda. de la Constitución, 6
    956 68 22 47 Fax: 956 62 70 13
    639 476 544 / 670 796 508
    e-mail: whalewatchtarifa@whalewatchtarifa.net
    www.whalewatchtarifa.net

    F.I.R.M.M.
    C/ Pedro Cortés, 4
    956 62 70 08
    619 459 441
    e-mail: firmm98@aol.com
    www.firmm.org

    Turmares
    C/ Alcalde Juan Núñez, 3 local 12
    956 68 07 41
    661 473 247 /696 448 349 / 696 448 947
    e-mail: turmares@turmares. com
    www.turmares.com

    Remember to dial 0034 if calling from outside Spain.

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  • Punta Marroqui

    by GibJoe Written Apr 9, 2008

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    Punta Marroqui is a small island, which is accessed by a narrow causeway, entrance is not allowed as it is a miltary base. The walk along the causeway offers fine views of both sides of the bay with the Atlantic on one side and the Mediterranean on the other.

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  • Iglesia de San Francisco

    by GibJoe Written Apr 9, 2008

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    Iglesia de San Francisco

    The Church of San Francisco is situated in the Plaza del Angel, it was built in the 16th century and reconstructed in the 19th Century. At the time of my visit it was closed but apparently inside there is a 15th Century Statue of the Cristo del Desconsuelo.

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  • Castillo de Santa Catalina

    by GibJoe Updated Apr 9, 2008

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    Castillo de Santa Catalina

    The Castillo de Santa Catalina is situated at 24m above sea level, it was constructed in 1929. During the Second World War a bunker was added just below the Castle, which at the time of my visit was under refurbishment. Until recently it used to be a weather monitoring station.

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  • Puerta de Jerez

    by GibJoe Written Apr 9, 2008

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    When you enter Tarifa one of the first architecture that attracts your attention is 'Puerta de Jerez' (door of Jerez). This archway was built in the 15th century to expand the existing city walls from the castle, to cater for the expanding city. This is the only wall which remains today.

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