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What is it about Tarifa Spain that inspired us, here in Tarifa Holidays, to want to move our lives to this town on the southern most tip of Europe?Tarifa beaches

We've debated it often ...as we sit absorbing the energy of the waves, marvelling at the empty beaches, big skies and trekking along the vast underdeveloped coast.

Our debate often takes us to the cosy tapas bars which you find in every corner of the old town, and it does not stop even when we sit on the windmill crested hills watching the sun set.

And of course we still puzzle “why here”, whilst sharing the pace of life that affords everyone to eat fine food; join the culture of carnival, fiesta and feria.


Yes .. we do wonder! What is it that keeps us in here?


Mass tourism is still unknown in Tarifa Spain and due to the wind it will probably never exist. Here you won’t find massive all-inclusive hotel blocks right in front of the beach, stuffed by tour operators. Instead you will find charming small to medium sized Tarifa Hotels and apartments designed for those who seek an active or relaxed holiday in a special place.

But this does not mean that nothing happens here. The Tarifeños have welcomed the people from all over the world into their village at the end of Europe - only 14 km away from Africa, with ever changing views across the Straight of Gibraltar and to the city lights of Tangier.

It could be this that engenders the special feeling you absorb here: living both at the beginning and end of life at the same time. When hopping on the ferry you’re in a whole new world in just 35 minutes. Tangier only 35 minutes by ferry

Of course the influence of being so close to Morocco is very visible in the old town as well in the decoration of many hotels and homes. It is a feeling of ‘mescla’ a mix of life - old meets new, visitor and local now living together, where everybody has time for life and to live it.

Make sure you book a day trip to Tangier. The price includes the tickets for the fast ferry, a guide, lunch and transfer.

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Tarifa is known as the wind capital making it one of the most popular destinations for kite and wind surfers. This attracts young, open minded people who opt for quality of life rather than getting brogged down in the rat race on an urban existence.

This in turn influences the night life, known all over Spain. In August the streets filled with beautiful people sipping their drinks on the street – before heading to one of the many clubs - all relating their adventures of the day whether about kite surfing, windsurfing, mountain biking, riding, climbing or just lying around in the sun listing to the tunes at the many varied beach chiringuitos.

A lot is designated to kite surfingThe economy however thrives on tourism, especially water and nature sports.

When you walk through the Batalla de Salado with its many surf-shops selling cool fashion gear you’ll feel like kicking off your shoes and slipping into flip flops like everybody else.

But here you’ll find over 30 kite and windsurf shops most of them selling fashion and operating a kite school. You’re spoilt for choice.

For that reason if you’re planning on taking a kite surfing course make sure to check out our kite schools comparison.

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Tarifa Spain is well placed not just to visit Morrocco, but to explore much of Costa de la Luz with its many traditional towns ‘pueblos blancos’, and of course it’s wilderness and nature reserves.

It’s also close enough to visit Jerez for the bodegas and famous dancing horses. Whilst in the other direction you’re only a 40 minutes drive away from Gibraltar, so you can visit the famed ‘Rock’.

We recommend staying at least one week in Tarifa Spain to allow you to see everything and enjoy the pace of life here to its maximum.

Chill out and enjoy your stay!

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