Las Palomas Island
Or called also Punta Marroquí, is the meeting point of Mediterranean sea and Atlantic ocean. Here is the extreme southern limit of Spain and Europe and also the nearest place of Gibraltar Strait. At the end of the island you´ll find a 43m high lighthouse. You can take a nice walk between two seas to the island. For surfers, Balneario beach is a perfect surf spot, you get nice waves. Tarifa is the only place, where you can take a swim in either the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.
Castle Guzmán el Bueno
Tarifa´s castle was built from Caliph Adberramán III as a strategic point of the Straits of Gibraltar. King Guzmán “The Good” became famous for his fight against Muslims in 1294. His son was captured by his enemies and as exchange they asked to have the village of Tarifa. He decided in favour of Tarifa, but his son was executed. A statue of Sancho IV is outside the castle looking out over the Gibraltar Strait to the coast of Tangiers in Morocco. You will find the castle in the old town of Tarifa, near the sea. The openings time is: Tue-Sat, 11am-2pm and 6-8pm. Sun 11am-2pm. Monday closed.
Castle Santa Catalina
In front of Tarifa´s harbour, you can see the castle from town beach Balneario.
Santa Catalina, was built in 1929 as a weather centre for shipping. It changed during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. General Francisco Franco took it over for military purposes, converted it for ammunition storage and outfitted it with concrete bunkers for defensive purposes.
It is an area under construction at the moment.
Viewpoint in Tarifa
If you come from Malaga, this viewpoint is just 6 km before Tarifa. There is a small bar. Two continents so close, Europe and Africa just 14 km far away ! You get a beautiful view of Africa, across Gibraltar Strait. And behind Gibraltar strait, coming out the silhouette of African´s guardian, Musa mountain, 851m high. A lots of specialists call this mountain one of the two columns of Hercules. The other one would be the Rock of Gibraltar. On left side, you can see Ceuta, a Spanish city on the African continent. You can visit Ceuta with a fast ferry from Algeciras.
Roman ruins Baleo Claudia
In Bolonia, just 15 km from Tarifa, direction Cadiz, you can find the 2000 year old ruins of the Roman town of Baelo Claudia, a relic of Roman architecture. Baelo Claudia supplied the popular Roman delicacy, fish paste, to the whole Roman Empire. Emperor Claudius gave the town his name. Main attractions to be seen include the Theater, Temple of Isis, Basilica, Thermal baths, Aqueducts and Salting factory.
Opening time: Tue to Sat: Jun – Sep 9am – 7pm, Nov – Feb, 9am – 6pm. Sun all year round: 9am – 2pm, Mon closed.
Air & Water Temperatures
From June till September temperatures in Tarifa are usually above 30°C.
In the evenings you may need a hoody because of the wind. From May to October temperatures average 25ºC.
In winter it´s around 15-20°C.
In January and February there is some rain.
The Atlantic Ocean water temperatures gets warmer in summer, requiring only boardies, shortie or 3/2mm wetsuit.
Colder in winter, you will need a 4/3 or 5/4 full wetsuit.
Funneled through the Straits of Gibraltar, Levante is an offshore wind from east. It is hot and gusty in summer and cold in winter. Wind forces are generally between 20-40 knots and mostly in summer. When it blows more than 35 knots, its better to take your small kitesurf gear. The best kite spot for Levante wind is Los Lances, with flat water, but you should check the rescue boat service (just in summer). If not, go to Punta Paloma beach or Valdevaqueros where the wind is more cross shore but more crowded on the beach.
A side onshore wind, very steady, coming west from the Atlantic sea and Portugal. In summer it is often a thermal wind.
It brings choppy waves that are a Tarifa feature.
In winter, this wind is more onshore and with more waves.
Perfect wind for wave riding, kite surfing and paddle boarding. Average poniente wind is around 10-20 knots, in winter often stronger.
The best spot for riding is Tarifa town, by the football stadium and Los Lances beach (by beach bar Agua).
In summer it is forbidden to kite in Tarifa town (15th Jun-15th Sep).
The last gold sand beach of the Mediterranean Sea. A tiny beach in front of the Isla de las Palomas – the southernmost point of the European continent.
Families like to go there, if there is a west wind and waves in the sea.
Here the water is calm without waves and the bay protects you from the wind.
The favourite beach for the local people in summer. A nice place for paddle surfing, diving and snorkelling.
Tarifa’s best beach for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Stunning white sandy beach with clear water, Andalucia mountains in background and amazing sunset.
Official kite spot from 15.6. – 15.9. It has the best wind conditions for sailing with the west wind.
Apart from Beach bars Agua and Waves there are no buildings on the beach, no hotels, just cows and horses along the beachside, relaxing to the max! If there is Levante, east wind, you can contract a rescue boat service in our kite school.
Las dunas de Punta Paloma
A wonderland beach with sand dunes in Natural Park called Gibraltar Strait.
If you climb to the top of the dune, you get a wonderful view back along the coast to Tarifa and to Tanger.
If you walk along the dune, you will find hidden beaches, amazing surf spot and the tip of Punta Paloma. There is a path all the way along the beach to Bolonia.
A good place to kitesurf with the east wind. Zones for kitesurf, windsurf and swimmers in summer.
Small coastal village, located on Atlantic shore, its just 18 km from Tarifa towards Cadiz. Known for its sandy beach, bay, sand dune and also the Roman town ruins of Baelo Claudio.
You’ll find there great oceanside restaurants and beach bars. Prepare yourself for a magical trip to splendid place.
If you are a cheese fan, visit the goat cheese farm behind Bolonia village.
If the wind for kitesurfing and windsurfing is too strong in Tarifa, often Bolonia is little bit softer.
Get food and drinks around Tarifa
Tarifa has so much restaurants, don't miss El Faro, El frances, Silos, Chiringuito Agua!
Restaurant at the beach Los Lances, behind the bus station, turn right at skate park. Cozy place with amazing fresh juice, variety of salads, starters, main courses and deserts.
Good, friendly, English speaking and very fast service – this combination is very difficult to find in Tarifa 🙂 Terrace full of beautiful plants.
You can connect you to internet per wifi. After nice food you can have a beautiful walk along the beach, with sunset and view of Tangiers in Morocco.
Street/ Pintor P. Villalta 64, Urb. Los Lances II, 11380 Tarifa, Phone: +34 956 68 49 65
Coffee shop "Café Azul", breakfast bar
Nice Coffee bar with breakfast and brunch in centre of Tarifa. Small but cozy place with different decoration. You can choose between great smoothies and fresh juice, yoghurt with fresh fruits, nice italian coffee, sweet and salty crepes, cold or warm sandwiches, eggs and more.
You find it near Puerto de Jerez, on the street with all the banks, near traffic lights (there is just one in Tarifa :-). They speak English.
Street/ Batalla del Salado 8, 11380 Tarifa. Open from 9am – 2:30pm, every day.
Surla, Breakfast and Sushi Bar
In this surf bar you can have a breakfast, with the real italian cappuccino; lunch, with daily menu and from 7pm sushi with fresh fish from Tarifa. Take away service. Don´t forget to taste the home-made cakes 🙂 The restaurant is located close to the sea at the Los Lances beach. You can connect to wifi internet. After eating here enjoy a walk along the beach, with its breath-taking sunsets and views of Morocco.
Street/ Pintor P. Villalta, 11380 Tarifa, Phone: +34 956685175, Open from 9am till 00h.
Vegetarian Restaurant Chilimosa
Experienced this fantastic fresh, bio and healthy dishes. It is very small place, but you can take the food away. Very good vibe in the restaurant, staff are friendly and English speaking. All food is from biological and home made ingredients.
Try the fabulous hummus with falafel, coconut curry with rice and as dessert delicious brownie or carrot cake 🙂 Behind the gate to old city (Puerta de Jerez) turn right and you will find it on your right hand side.
Street/ Peso 6, Tarifa, Phone: +34 956 68 50 92. Open: 12:30-3:30pm and 7-11pm.
Steak house Vaca Loca
Delicious high quality steaks on barbecue, served on a wooden plate.
Portions are huge, full of meat, salad and homemade fries. Good house red wine. A great meal after a kitesurfing session ! This place fills up quickly.
They don´t take any reservations.
Enjoy sitting outside on a summers evening, in the special atmosphere. Located in the old town, in the square, where all the bars are.
Street/ Cervantes 6, 11380 Tarifa. Open 6pm – 2am.
In Silos 19 Tarifa you will be served French and Mediterranean recipes.
This place will please you with its perfectly cooked grilled octopus from Tarifa, aswell for the tasty tuna poke and its generous meatballs.
Its chefs here prepare a delicate ice cream, a surprising chocolate mousse and a homemade fruit cake. mmmmh!!
Its sensational house wine is waiting for you in this place.
El Tesoro Restaurant
This hidden restaurant you find in Betijuelo. Once there, you will not regret this trip through the countryside.
You end up in the mountains over Punta Paloma in place called Betijuelo, in a secret place in middle of Tarifa´s virgin environment, overlooking the bay of Valdevaqueros.
The restaurant offers fabulous local food, while you enjoy the beautiful view of Morocco.
Very busy in summer, so better to book in advance.
Street/ Paraje Betijuelo 6, 11380 Tarifa, Phone: +34 956 23 63 68. Open from 12pm-12:30am.
Pizzeria La Tribu, Surf bar
Night life in Tarifa start mostly with visiting the Surf bar and Pizzeria La Tribu.
Located in the old city, passing through the Jerez gate turn left and down.
They offer a variety of pizzas, great prices and it´s fast.
Try Spanish beer, Coronita or some tasty cocktails, Piña Colada, Mojito, Sex on the beach….Happy hours are mostly from 23-00h. They show nice windsurf and surf movies.
Street/ De la Luz 7, Tarifa, Spain, 11380, Opening hours: 19:00 to 02:00.
City & people , there are many places to go!
Lovely cafe with special architecture and an incredible atmosphere, located in the old town. During the day you can have there a good breakfast, pasta, salads, desserts, tea (don´t forget to try their Moorish té) and at night, it´s famous for its live music, soul, jazz and jazz-funk. There is flamenco concerts every Thursday. Also try their Mojito 🙂 Sometimes there is also expositions of local artists.
Street/ De Almedina 1, 11380 Tarifa, Telephone: +34 956 680 474. Open, mornings 11am-4pm. Afternoons from 9pm-2am.
Surf bar Tomatito
Tomatito, the sport bar, is the next stop in the regular nightlife route through Tarifa 🙂 You have to try their fresh strawberry mojito, you will not want to stop drinking it !!! Good for parties, birthday celebration, or just have a drink on the way. For small hunger you can have a hamburger, hot dog or veggie sandwich.
Amazing and funny service, done with love :-)) You can watch important spanish football games there.
Located in old town, in the square where the best parties are in Tarifa.
Street/ Cervantes 4, 11380 Tarifa. Open from 7pm till 2am.
Also don't miss
Tarifa has so much places to see in Winter and Summer
St. Matéo Church in Tarifa
The town´s main church. Located in old town from Tarifa, near the castle, surrounded with lots of lovely restaurants.
It was built in the 16th century and is largely of late Gothic style with a neo-classic facade.
Stained glass windows glow and the statues are powerful. When the Spain’s Catholic Kings were driving the Moors back to Africa, Tarifa was a dangerous place.
To encourage people to live here, the Church offered a huge amount of forgiveness to anyone who stuck it out for a year.
1 year and 1 day after moving to Tarifa, they would have the privilege of passing through this special “door of pardons,” and a Mass of thanksgiving would be held in that person’s honor.
106 km from Tarifa, the capital of the province of Cadiz, and oldest city in the Occident – 3000 years old! Known for its Carnival in february, flamenco, wineries, monuments, beaches and 300 days of sunshine a year. Sights in Cadiz: baroque-neoclassical Cathedral; the tower Torre de Poniente with marvellous views over the old city; Case del Obispo – museum of glass walkways over 1500 sq metres of excavated ruins takes you through every period of Cádiz’ history; playa de la Caleta – city beach guarded by two forts and Moorish bath house. The beach is also famous for the James Bond film- Die Another Day where Halle Berry come out of the sea in an orange bikini.
Jerez de la Frontera
118 km from Tarifa, Jerez is famous for its Sherry, wineries, flamenco, Andalusian horses and moto race. The biggest events: International Horse Fair in May and Motorcycle Grand Prix in April! Sights: Jerez’s Moorish fortress Alcazar; Cathedral San Salvador; Domecq – Jerez’s oldest bodega (1730) famous for the world’s best-selling brandy Fundador; Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art – every Thursday the Cartujana horses (a cross between the Andalusian and the Arabian) show dressage techniques and jumping in a spectacular show. Try also Tío Pepe sherry in bodega Gonzalez Byass!
210 km from Tarifa. Capital of Andalusia, birth place of flamenco and famous for its architecture (in the picture is Real Alcázar), bullfighting, and the fair, which is on a site the size of 54 football fields, with 3000 people riding horses, and 500 thousand visitors! A great party 🙂 Don´t miss to visit Real Alcázar – Unesco World Heritage Site in 1987; Cathedral Giralda – officially the biggest in the world; Basilica de la Macarena – La Macarena is the patron of bullfighters; 15-century monastery La Cartuja de Cazalla; Parque de María Luisa and Plaza de España, both relaxation spots.
The Rock of Gibraltar. Just 40 km from Tarifa away and you will be in a small part of England.
It is an Overseas Territory of the UK and to go there, you need a passport.
The currency is Pounds Sterling. Most of its area is covered by a nature reserve, which is home to around 250 Barbary Macaques, the only wild monkeys in Europe.
Walk around the Rock and enjoy the incredible views. Visit also Great Siege tunnels and St. Michaels Cave, set 300 metres above sea level.An amazing example of what time and water can do to limestone. Electronic goods, cigarettes and alcohol are cheaper than in Spain due to tax free status of the colony.
280 km from Tarifa. Visit The Alhambra Palace and its gardens, world heritage by UNESCO. It is the best-preserved and oldest Moorish palace in the world. It has around 8 thousand visitors a day, so book the ticket in advance. You should also see Science Park, the most visited in Andalusia, with a planetarium and interactive demonstrations of scientific experiments; The Palace Nazaries, the most brilliant Islamic building in Europe; The Palace de los Leones; The Albazyín, is an open-air museum in which you can lose yourself for a whole morning and the abbey Abadía de Sacromonte.
136 km from Tarifa. The city is cut in two by the El Tajo bridge that spans the rio Guadalevín.
It has the oldest bullring in Spain.
Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles lived in Ronda for many years.
Visit also Alameda del Tajo – lovely gardens, where at the end you find a balcony protruding from the face of the cliff, offering a vertigo-inducing view of the valley below; Pileta cave with its prehistoric wall paintings of bison, deer, and horses (some of theme old 15000 years) and Palace of Mondragón.
29 km from Tarifa. Is a Spanish city on an African continent. You need to take a boat to go to Ceuta. It takes around 1 hour with the fast ferry (company Balearia or Trasmediterranea).
The statues of Hercules symbolise the unity of Europe and Africa. These two bronze figures are the biggest in the world, and feature in the classical mythology.
See also Castle del Desnarigado, located just under Ceuta’s lighthouse; Plaza de Africa – the heart of the old city; St. Philip’s Moat, built in 1530 by Portuguese and open air swimming pool in the centre of the town with cozy Moroccan restaurants 🙂
14 km from Tarifa. In 40 minutes with fast ferry you will discover another world, the African continent. Ferry company FRS and Trasmediterranea. From Rif Mountain you can see Tarifa´s beaches. Sights: St. Andrew’s Church; Kasbah museum with its Andalucían-style Sultan’s Gardens; Caves of Hercules, the mythical hero and the symbol of Tangier (16km outside of the city); Grand Mosque; Grand Socco with Mendoubia Gardens and Cinema Rif, which displays photographs and old movie posters highlighting Tangier’s glamorous past.