Tarifa (Cadiz) Travel Guide

  • Tarifa (Cadiz)
    by TooTallFinn24
  • Tarifa (Cadiz)
    by TooTallFinn24
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Tarifa (Cadiz) Highlights

  • Pro
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    Bwana_Brown says…

     I like coasts, off-the-beaten-path places and no crowds - it passed with flying colours! 

  • Con
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    bugalugs says…

     Apparently the winds, although wonderful and still when we visited 

  • In a nutshell
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    fifitrix72 says…

     Chilled !!!! 

Tarifa (Cadiz) Things to Do

  • Where the Mediterranean Meets the Ocean

    By the waters edge in old town Tarifa, there is a walkway that leads out to a point in Tarifa. On the north side of the walkway lays the rough and windy Atlantic Ocean. Waves are crashing on to the beach. Less than 50 feet away on the south side lies the peaceful and much bluer Mediterranean Sea. Only the smallest of ripples can be seen. The beach...

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  • Take A Walk on the Boardwalk

    A great walk along the Atlantic Ocean can be had by walking north from the old city out of Tarifa. The boardwalk which is well maintained shifts from wood, to dirt. and concrete. You can either walk it or bike along it. North of town the boardwalk offers great views of the windsurfers. It can also be a means of finding a more secluded beach than...

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  • Watch the Windsurfers

    As indicated earlier Tarifa is an immensely popular site for windsurfers. Folks from all over Europe come to Tarifa because of the quality of the windsurfing. The best locations for windsurfing are north of the town. There is good access via a boardwalk for those wanting to walk out and view the windsurfers. There are also several small viewing...

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  • Whale & Dolphin Watching

    This is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours as well as knowing that the money you have paid is going towards protecting some of the most beautiful creatures on earth.It lasts about 3 hours with a half an hour talk on the work the company do before hand. It costs 27 euros and I think it is well worth it. They also promise that if you dont see...

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  • The famous Hurricane Hotel

    In reading her Lonely Planet guide, Sue had noticed that the Hurricane Hotel (located just a few kilometres up the coast from Tarifa) is one of the "in-places" to visit or stay. As a result, we decided to stop there a day later after leaving Vejer de la Frontera and finishing a proper visit of the Roman ruins at Bolonia.The hotel was conceived in...

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  • Take a stroll around Old Tarifa

    It was just after 6 PM by the time we returned to Old Tarifa, spotting our grey station wagon parked in a small square off the maze of twisting streets - exactly where we had left it when we first entered town and had to search out our accommodations on foot. Along its right side is a narrow alley that led a couple of blocks and emerged almost...

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Restaurants

  • Another enjoyable experience in Tarifa

    We were back in town two nights later as we neared the end of our time in this part of Spain. After further exploration of Tarifa on foot we spotted Punto Pizza, a small 'hole-in-the-wall' type restaurant that looked interesting. The only other customers were a couple at a corner table with a German Shepherd lying on the floor under their table and...

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  • We really enjoyed this little restaurant

    It was just before 5 PM by the time we had settled into our accommodations at Pension Correo and then walked the short distance to Café Central, a very happening-looking spot in downtown Tarifa. We treated ourselves to a drink after our long day of driving and then finding accommodations before we set off on foot to explore Old Tarifa in more...

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  • Great Food, Friendly Staff!

    National and International Cuisine. This restaurant's food was by far the nicest I had tasted in Tarifa. It has a mixture of seafood and meat dishes so it will suit all palates. It is only a newly opened restaurant, but I'm sure once the word spreads it will be very difficult to get a booking in this place.Lovely ambience, nice soft lighting....

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Nightlife

  • Plenty to Entertain

    Modern life in Tarifa shows its face in the form of Tapas bars, live music and disco clubs to entertain the increasing number of younger people moving to Tarifa to live. There are also numerous restaurants and cafés featuring of course, fresh fish dishes such as Atun a la Plancha (tuna steak)

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  • Tarifa is fun...

    During the summer months, Tarifa's thriving nightlife makes a terrific way to spend the evening after a hard day at the beach! The following small selection of disco bars, some of the best, will give you a head start . . .La Ruina in the old townPepepotamos in the old townBalneario down near the beach of Tarifa townLa Jaima down near the beach of...

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  • Irish Pub

    Our next stop was The Bearhouse, a fairly lively place, though more expensive than the other places we visited. I drank a Murphy's Red, a drink I can only find in Irish pubs outside Britain and Ireland.

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Transportation

  • Ferry to Africa

    From the small town of Tarifa it is easy to take a daytrip to Tangier in Morocco. The trip only takes about 35-45 minutes and from the port on the African side you will only have to walk for about 5 minutes to get into the medina.There are a large number of wessels going back and forth all day between Spain and northern Africa. From the city of...

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  • Total freedom - at a price!

    When we travel, we like to be independent to do our own thing and it usually involves getting off the beaten path. As a result, we almost always hire a car if it makes any sense at all given the circumstances of where we are visiting. In this case, because Sue's sister was joining us from England for eight days of our trip, I had to go one size...

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  • Getting There

    The only way to get to Tarifa from other parts of Spain is road. No trains travel to the town, the closest station is around 25km at Algeciras taking the N340. The nearest Spanish airport is in Malaga, around 128kms away. Buses run regularly to various cities in Spain. The bus station is near the old city’s entrance.

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Shopping

  • Save Money By Using The Two Supermarkets

    Eating out everyday even in Spain can be expensive. While the town of Tarifa is not particularly big the town's two largest supermarkets are located close together at the entrance to the town right off the main highway.Mercado, the large Spanish chain, is less than 1/2 km off the main highway. It is the largest of the two stores and has a wide...

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  • Shopping In Morocco

    Wherever you go in Tarifa you will see all kinds of trips to Morocco. I had been there before and really only wanted to go for shopping and so I decided to go with FRS which is based in Tarifa bacause as a girl i did not want to have to wonder around Tangier on my own !! Their day tour offered a half day tour Moroccan lunch and an afternoon...

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  • The supermarkets are very nice

    At various points during our 3-weeks in Spain, we would stop at the local supermarkets, especially Mercadona to see what they had to offer for picnic supplies in case we found ourselves in some off the beaten path destination in our rental car when hunger overtook us. That happened on quite a number of occasions but our little plastic bags of...

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Local Customs

  • A goat herder by the pine forest

    On the way out of Tarifa after our first night there, the first diversion we made was onto a small paved side road leading through a pine forest on the coastline. It so happened that one of the 'walking' sand dunes in this part of Spain had worked its way up the slope from the Atlantic Ocean and was threatening to take over both the road and the...

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  • Christmas decorations

    This was the first time that we experienced Christmas/New Year in a Spanish-speaking country and we noticed that the level of festivities seemed to be prolonged much further than the December 25th Christmas Day customs in english-speaking countries (Canada, England, Zambia and Papua New Guinea in our case). At several different locations in Spain,...

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  • Sit and people watch

    This is the Paseo Alameda (gardens) here the local towns people like to sit and people watch, just the same as us tourists :-). A lovely spot to sit for a while under the palm trees, or soaking up the sun., although I should imagine quite busy in summer months.Cafes/bars/restaurants along here also. As is the Tourist information.

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Warnings and Dangers

  • Church of San Mateo

    Before going to bed in Pension Correo, we thought the picturesque Church of San Mateo was a great relic to have nearby. It has a long history, dating from the 1500-1600s when it was originally constructed but the present version stems from reconstruction work in the 1700-1800s. Located between our overnight accommodations and a nearby sidewalk...

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  • Sunburn

    As when always in sunny locations take precautions against the sun, especially if at sea on a boat or windsurfing. It will certainly not break the bank to get some suntan lotion, and will avoid you acking and looking like a red lobstar !

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  • The wind can be very very strong

    The positioning of Tarifa, the most southern tip of Europe, but more so, the point that separates Europe from Africa and the Mediterranean from the Atlantic produces a unique micro climate. This is immediately identifiable by the strong prevailing winds which keep the temperatures mild all year round. These very same winds have discouraged mass...

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Tourist Traps

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    by venteeocho Written Apr 10, 2003

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    coz the wind is always strong
    is dificult to feel
    the sun, so bring a good sunscream
    with protection

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    • Adventure Travel

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Off The Beaten Path

  • Baeolo Claudia: Current Excavations

    While at Baeolo Claudia we noticed at least two rather large excavations going on. Many young and older folks were busy working at sites just to the south and west of the Forum and Basilica. We were unable to determine that some were from universities in Spain and England. The exact nature of the work was unclear. Apparently there is still hope of...

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  • Baelo Clauida: The Fish Factories

    Baelo Claudia was settled by the Romans for its ability to produce one specific product. The product is garum which is a fish paste that was consumed both raw and used as a cooking sauce. At the shore of Baelo Claudia you will see the remains of large fish salting vats that were used to prepare the garum. The garum consisted of the heads, entrails...

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  • Baeolo Claudia: The Theater

    The theater of Baeolo Claudia sits higher on the beach than the forum or the fish salting factories. Walking the theater area I could almost imagine some time of play taking place over 2,000 years ago. The theater was definitely made out to be an intimate experience. It is also apparent from walking the area that there were different classes of...

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Sports & Outdoors

  • Kite Surfing School

    Kite surfing is something that nearly everyone we talked to has done in Tarifa. So it doesn't matter if you are too old or too young you have to try kite surfing. There are quite a few kite surfing schools in Tarifa. Most of them have either a quick meeting at their office and afterwards your first lesson takes place out on one of the lagoons. The...

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  • 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...

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  • Water Sports

    Tarifa is a popular destination with windsurfers and surfers who make the most of the wind and waves that it creates. Known as the Wind Capital, because of the fact it blows harder here than elsewhere. Between May and October is the most popular time for windsurfing and many world competitions occur in Tarifa. On the reverse side of the year,...

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Tarifa (Cadiz) Favorites

  • A map of Tarifa's location

    By this stage of our 3-week Christmas/New Year get-away to Spain, we were past the two week mark and had already covered almost all of our 'orange' route shown on this map. We then awoke to rain for the first time, in Nerja on the Mediterranean Sea coast, with weather prospects not looking good for a few more days. That was when we made the...

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  • The Wind

    Some of the strong winds around Tarifa at times are made up of the Levante (south easterly winds) which blow from the land and the Poniente (westerly winds) which gust from the Atlantic ocean and is more likely in the afternoon and are colder. The mountains of Morocco and Spain create something like a wind tunnel

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  • Climate

    Tarifa enjoys a warm humid climate. The summers while hot are not stifling because of the sea breezes and evenings can be cool. The winds are what makes Tarifa famous with the windsurfers. Winters are mild but can be quite cold in the mornings and evenings.

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