Whale watching was fun and interesting. You should go with FIRMM - Foundationfor Information and Research on Marine Mammals. They have small boats whichdon't disturb the whales - a non instrusive approach, go-again garantee andprofessional guidance before the boat trip. They seak 5 languages.Adress: Firmm, Pedro Cortes 4, Entre Cafe Central and...more
This is one of the top windsurfing spots in the world these days. Tons of surf shops all around the new town. The best windsurfing is down the Playa de las lances several miles (closer to the sand dunes), where there are rental shops and places to stay.The main buses to Tarifa drop you off in town rather than out by the windsurfing hotspots, but if...more
This is the longest beach in Tarifa, stretching 10 km from town to the huge sand dune in the distance. It is a beautiful white sand beach with turquoise blue water. The only problem is the wind -- some days, you can't really lay on the beach because of the sand blowing around. But just think of it as free skin exfoliation, and enjoy! It really is...more
GREENPEACE does a lot to prevent Spanish and English companies to dump their wastes in the Street of Gibraltar. The Spanish just like the English government use this piece of no-mensland to get rid off their industrial litter. As a loyal Greenpeacemember i can recommend you to visit this area and go and see for yourself how beautiful this area is...more
A bit further from the center of Tarifa you can go to a prop that symbolizes de separation of the Meditarranean sea with the Atlantic ocean. It's really cool, on one side u can see a peacefull water beach - pic - (altough really packed), and on the other a long windy, wavy beach.more
I really enjoy that kind of narrow streets and the small houses and the little squares with benches and orange trees. It's really peacfull. And i like to glance at the open doors when i pass by. It's probably not a very nice thing to do, but i love that kind of mediterranean/ muslim architecture with the inside patios. I always wish i had a house...more
go to the soul cafe in tarifa and than climb up the steps. I am not sure if that belongs to the soul cafe because we only drop there in by accident, but it was great, nice music, nice people, a bit of film... and drinks to reasonable prices... no especial dresscode, if, the huge man at the stairs would have told you...more
If you don't have the absolute latest information in your guide book when you arrive, you may find yourself getting a bit confused when you arrive off the bus in Tarifa. The problem stems from the fact that the bus station was recently moved several blocks down the street. The old bus stop (that may be shown on your map) was on the main street right in the middle of the new town. The new bus stop is on the same street, but basically at the edge of the new town. If you want to get to the main part of town, make sure to walk away from the direction that the bus came into town. Otherwise, you'll do what we did and walk back and forth a couple of times trying to figure out why the map looks like it is turned around.
This Market situated within the Old Town is another must see in Tarifa. I spent many a morning here sitting sipping cafe con leche watching the early shoppers getting veggies and meats, flowers and eggs. The men sat with me, waiting for their wives, some of them sipping cognac or other mysterious alchohols. There are clothing shops here too, with a...more
Semana Santa Week is Easter Week Celebrations. Festivities occur all week long celebrating the death and rebirth of Christ. Replicas of Jesus and Mary are carried up and down the narrow streets of the old town taking up to 4 hours to reach the church at the crux of the city. Families dress in their finery to touch the "Procession" as it passes by.
You should be a great friend of the arabic culture if you want to do this trip: for me it was almost hell... We thought to spent 2 or 3 hours in Tanger, crossing the sea with Fast Ferrys in 35 min. 1. We startet with 2 hours delay (ok, we had fog on that day). The ferry as such was not in a very good condition, optically (for what i can see). When leaving the ship we first were approached from a tourist guide who offered us to show us arround the city, for 30 Euros. On the one hand it was ok, because the old town is like a labyrinth and very difficult to find through - but on the other hand of course we ended up first in a carpet and leather bazaar of a friend of his, where we should buy some goods (which was not our interest). The same with a herbal bazaar and a silver bazaar.... and so on... that was not my kind of visit. But at least he brought us back safely to the harbour, where we missed or ferry for 2 minutes. And then the waiting began: we waited 4 hours and nobody was ably to tell us when the ferry was going to come. Unbelievable. We should wait, an other 20 minutes and so on. It was disgusting and very frustrating. For me it is: Never to Tanger again!!!!
Yes, as a reader has pointed out, Tarifa does have a strangely high suicide rate, attributed to the levante and poniente winds that push through the town for much of the year. It was kind of shocking to get off the bus and feel the strong wind, especially since the wind was blowing against us as we were trying to get to our hotel with our packs on...more