Dozens of colourful kites and parachutes soar above Tarifa, a laid-back beach resort on the Costa de la Luz. It’s one of the top windsports destinations in Spain, with enthusiasts flocking to take advantage of the strong and consistent breezes. The town is a stone’s throw from Morocco and is heavily influenced by its North African neighbour. You’ll be charmed by the flower-filled streets, whitewashed houses and fortified Old Town.
Things to do in Tarifa
Tarifa is perched on the southernmost top of Spain, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. The beaches are spectacular, with gems like Punta Paloma promising golden sand and turquoise water. At the western end of the beach is a natural mud bath where you can slather yourself in mineral-rich clay. Playa de Los Lances is another favourite, with soft sand, rolling waves and beautiful views over the Strait of Gibraltar.
To the north-west is Playa de Valdevaqueros, one of Tarifa’s best kitesurfing beaches. Lessons are the best way to learn the popular sport, or you can rent gear from outfitters strung along bustling Batalla del Salado.
High above Tarifa is the Miramar lookout, where you can unlock sweeping views over the Old Town and the Strait of Gibraltar. On a clear day, the views stretch all the way to 842-metre-high Jebel Musa in Morocco. Whale watching trips depart from Tarifa and take you out onto the Strait of Gibraltar. The narrow passage that connects the Atlantic with the Mediterranean is home to pods of orca, pilot, fin and sperm whales.
Getting around Tarifa
Tarifa is located in Andalusia, a one-hour drive from Gibraltar and two hours from Malaga. The town is compact and easy to get around on foot. Local buses run between Tarifa and Gibraltar in around one hour and Gibraltar Airport is a 45-minute drive away.