Our travel guide to Tarifa

Tarifa, the kingdom of windsurfing and gateway to Europe, is one of the best known tourist destinations in the province of Cádiz. Its incredible beaches, leisure offer, active and culinary tourism and its cultural heritage with important sites make this destination an essential visit. Thanks to this Travel Guide to Tarifa you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

A historical place

Looking out to the sea, it is located in the closest point to Africa in Europe. To its numerous prehistoric remains we must add the Phoenician vestiges of the Isla de las Palomas and, above all, those of the Roman era. The valuable city of Baelo Claudia is the most valuable archaeological site in the entire province. Called by the Muslims Al-Yazirat Tarif (Tarif Island), it has been an important strategic point as a border area.

From the walls of the 10th to 16th centuries, there are two different sections: the first, from the Islamic period, surrounding a smaller enclosure; and the second covers the entire old town. You will find there the churches of San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Maria. The Castle of Guzmán El Bueno is one of its monumental jewels. Commanded to build by the Caliph of Cordoba Abd al-Rahman III, it is very well preserved. We have to highlight its great octagonal tower, the Puerta de Jerez and the Watchtowers of the 16th century.

Tarifa extends across four different protected natural areas: Los Alcornocales Natural Park, El Estrecho Natural Park, Los Lances Natural protected beach (an area where many birds come together going to and from the crossing at the Strait of Gibraltar) and the Bolonia Dune Natural Monument. This dune is more than 30 metres high and is located on the Punta Camarinal isthmus, on the southern Atlantic coast of Cadiz.

Main Activities: Nature, Beaches, Cuisine, Active Tourism, Kitesurfing.
Content source: Texts and Photos: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

Our travel guide to Tarifa

Tarifa, the kingdom of windsurfing and gateway to Europe, is one of the best known tourist destinations in the province of Cádiz. Its incredible beaches, leisure offer, active and culinary tourism and its cultural heritage with important sites make this destination an essential visit. Thanks to this Travel Guide to Tarifa you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

A historical place

Looking out to the sea, it is located in the closest point to Africa in Europe. To its numerous prehistoric remains we must add the Phoenician vestiges of the Isla de las Palomas and, above all, those of the Roman era. The valuable city of Baelo Claudia is the most valuable archaeological site in the entire province. Called by the Muslims Al-Yazirat Tarif (Tarif Island), it has been an important strategic point as a border area.

From the walls of the 10th to 16th centuries, there are two different sections: the first, from the Islamic period, surrounding a smaller enclosure; and the second covers the entire old town. You will find there the churches of San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Maria. The Castle of Guzmán El Bueno is one of its monumental jewels. Commanded to build by the Caliph of Cordoba Abd al-Rahman III, it is very well preserved. We have to highlight its great octagonal tower, the Puerta de Jerez and the Watchtowers of the 16th century.

Nature and Kitesurf

Its idyllic and long beaches blown by the east wind make Tarifa a place of worship for water sports lovers such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, flysurfing, Blokar or scuba diving, among others. After Playa Chica, Los Lances and Valdevaqueros comes Playa de Bolonia, a wild beach where you can practise nudism in one of its areas. El Cañuelo is a beach with a natural environment, with lofty vegetation, fine sand and crystal clear waters. You can reach the beach from the Camarinal Lighthouse. Los Alemanes beach stretches from the La Plata Cape to Gracia Cape. Finally, Atlanterra is the continuation of Zahara de los Atunes.

Tarifa extends across four different protected natural areas: Los Alcornocales Natural Park, El Estrecho Natural Park, Los Lances Natural protected beach (an area where many birds come together going to and from the crossing at the Strait of Gibraltar) and the Bolonia Dune Natural Monument. This dune is more than 30 metres high and is located on the Punta Camarinal isthmus, on the southern Atlantic coast of Cadiz.

Main Activities: Nature, Beaches, Cuisine, Active Tourism, Kitesurfing.
Content source: Texts and Photos: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

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MISIANA
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MISIANA

Hotel Restaurante Misiana is a charming accommodation located 1 minute away from Guzman el Bueno Castle in Tarifa (Province of Cadiz), a 4-minute walk from the Tarifa-Tangier ferry departing point...
Hotel Restaurante Misiana is a charming accommodation located 1 minute away from Guzman el Bueno Castle in...
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MISIANA


- 16 Calle Sancho IV el Bravo 11380 Tarifa Cádiz, España Tarifa 11380
Hotel Restaurante Misiana is a charming accommodation located 1 minute away from Guzman el Bueno Castle in Tarifa (Province of Cadiz), a 4-minute walk from the Tarifa-Tangier ferry departing point and a 7-minute walk from the city beach. It is one of the most legendary hotels in Tarifa city centre, with stone walls and mosaic...
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El Lola – Tapas Bar and Flamenco
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El Lola – Tapas Bar and Flamenco

Walking through the old town of Tarifa, from the castle to Miramar Tower, you will hear the first flamenco chords coming from El Lola. You will enjoy traditional local food at this fun tapas bar....
Walking through the old town of Tarifa, from the castle to Miramar Tower, you will hear the first flamenco...
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El Lola – Tapas Bar and Flamenco


- 5 Calle Guzmán el Bueno 11380 Tarifa Cádiz, España Tarifa 11380
Walking through the old town of Tarifa, from the castle to Miramar Tower, you will hear the first flamenco chords coming from El Lola. You will enjoy traditional local food at this fun tapas bar. They offer standard dishes like Russian salads, delicious aliños and Spanish salmorejo, together with ceviche, sashimi and tartare. You will...
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Taco Way
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Taco Way

In a city like Tarifa, where businesses often change ownership, name or style, there are places with enough tradition and soul to become a real landmark in town. This is the case of Taco Way, a pub...
In a city like Tarifa, where businesses often change ownership, name or style, there are places with enough...
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Taco Way


- 4 Calle Cervantes 11380 Tarifa Cádiz, España Tarifa 11380
In a city like Tarifa, where businesses often change ownership, name or style, there are places with enough tradition and soul to become a real landmark in town. This is the case of Taco Way, a pub that popularised cocktails in Tarifa and that has been spicing up the city’s nightlife for more than one...
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Hotel Restaurante Punta Sur
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Hotel Restaurante Punta Sur

Hotel Restaurante Punta Sur offers the very best in stylish and contemporary accommodation in a relaxed and exotic ambience amidst the spectacular mountains and unspoilt beaches. A spacious lobby...
Hotel Restaurante Punta Sur offers the very best in stylish and contemporary accommodation in a relaxed and...
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Hotel Restaurante Punta Sur


- Hotel Punta Sur, Balcón de Tarifa, S.L. km 77, N-340 (Carretera Cádiz-Málaga) 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, GPS 36.059355, -5.665898 Tarifa 11380
Hotel Restaurante Punta Sur offers the very best in stylish and contemporary accommodation in a relaxed and exotic ambience amidst the spectacular mountains and unspoilt beaches. A spacious lobby invites you to enjoy a drink at the bar or to relax in the couches around the chimney. The palm-filled hotel gardens boast a large swimming...
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Pachamama
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Pachamama

Pachamama is the loveliest restaurant in Tarifa. “Pachamama” means “Mother Earth”, which is considered an ancient divinity for the indigenous populations of South America. It...
Pachamama is the loveliest restaurant in Tarifa. “Pachamama” means “Mother Earth”,...
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Pachamama


- KM 81, Ctra. Cádiz-Málaga, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz Tarifa 11380
Pachamama is the loveliest restaurant in Tarifa. “Pachamama” means “Mother Earth”, which is considered an ancient divinity for the indigenous populations of South America. It also represents the relationship between nature and human beings and the need for protection between them. Pachamama is easily recognizable thanks to the two statues that decorate its entrance. This...
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El Chiringuito Lounge-Beach Restaurant
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El Chiringuito Lounge-Beach Restaurant

Right on the way to the island of Tarifa we find Chiringuito Lounge-Beach Restaurant, in the middle of the beach. Here, you will enjoy the natural spectacle that the Strait of Gibraltar and its two...
Right on the way to the island of Tarifa we find Chiringuito Lounge-Beach Restaurant, in the middle of the...
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El Chiringuito Lounge-Beach Restaurant


- Camino de la Isla s/n Tarifa 11380
Right on the way to the island of Tarifa we find Chiringuito Lounge-Beach Restaurant, in the middle of the beach. Here, you will enjoy the natural spectacle that the Strait of Gibraltar and its two seas offer. Chiringuito Lounge-Beach Restaurant is a beautiful spot that adapts perfectly to the surroundings. With white walls and large...
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La Pescadería
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La Pescadería

La Pescadería has created a menu based upon the best sea products. This restaurant stands out thanks to top-quality ingredients and simplicity. Moreover, you can taste here some typical Moroccan...
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La Pescadería


- s/n Paseo de la Alameda 11380 Tarifa Cádiz, España Tarifa 11380
La Pescadería has created a menu based upon the best sea products. This restaurant stands out thanks to top-quality ingredients and simplicity. Moreover, you can taste here some typical Moroccan recipes. We invite you to try their delicious fried fish (pescaíto), king prawns from the Sanlucar region, the exquisite Mozarab monkfish or their famous stew,...
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Café del Mar Beach Tarifa
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Café del Mar Beach Tarifa

The first thing that will catch your eye when going into Café del Mar Beach Tarifa is its careful décor and good environment. This restaurant offers a continuous service from noon to night and...
The first thing that will catch your eye when going into Café del Mar Beach Tarifa is its careful décor and...
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Café del Mar Beach Tarifa


- 60 Avenida Pintor Guillermo Pérez Villalta 11380 Tarifa Cádiz, España Tarifa 11380
The first thing that will catch your eye when going into Café del Mar Beach Tarifa is its careful décor and good environment. This restaurant offers a continuous service from noon to night and works as a restaurant, bar, café and pub throughout the day. It has a fun menu where you can enjoy a...
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OZU School
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OZU School

After some years taking care of their customers at OZU Tarifa, they decided to open OZU School in 2011 at their shop premises. These facilities have an excellent access to the beach. At OZU School...
After some years taking care of their customers at OZU Tarifa, they decided to open OZU School in 2011 at...
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OZU School


- KM 81 Carretera Nacional 340 11380 Tarifa Cádiz, España Tarifa 11380
After some years taking care of their customers at OZU Tarifa, they decided to open OZU School in 2011 at their shop premises. These facilities have an excellent access to the beach. At OZU School they teach Kitesurf, Windsurf, Surf and SUP (Paddle Surf) courses adapted to all levels (from basic to professional) and for...
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OZU Tarifa – Shop and Repair Shop
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OZU Tarifa – Shop and Repair Shop

OZU Tarifa was founded in 1994 as a shop and Windsurfing sails repair shop. After all this time and thanks to their good service and dedication to water sports, they are now a reference centre in...
OZU Tarifa was founded in 1994 as a shop and Windsurfing sails repair shop. After all this time and thanks to...
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OZU Tarifa – Shop and Repair Shop


- KM 81 Carretera Nacional 340 11380 Tarifa Cádiz, España Tarifa 11380
OZU Tarifa was founded in 1994 as a shop and Windsurfing sails repair shop. After all this time and thanks to their good service and dedication to water sports, they are now a reference centre in Spain for windsurfing, paddle surfing and Surf. Customers come from everywhere in the world! The main features and services...
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