Tarifa - Beaches

Chill out at Valdevaqueros beach. © Michelle Chaplow
Chill out at Valdevaqueros beach.

Discover the Tarifa beach scene - the fine golden sands, those surf-loving winds, and that very special light of the Costa de la Luz, together make an unbeatable combination.


Valdevaqueros beach stretches 5km from a small headland (on which sits Torre de la Peña) near the Hurricane Hotel, to the huge dunes which stretch across the beach at Punta Paloma. Home to the annual world wind surf championships and also popular with those who enjoy kitesurf and sailing.. A small lagoon lies behind the sand at the north end.



The beach is well-equipped with public bathrooms and showers, lifeguards, a Red Cross post and first aid hut. There are also several beach bars and parking nearby where the Rio del Valle meets the sea. Playa de Valdevaqueros can be reached by bus services running from Tarifa.

Below is a video of the beach from our YouTube channel.


White sand and blue skies at Los Lances beach.  © Michelle Chaplow
White sand and blue skies at Los Lances beach.

The 10 km of white sandy paradise for which Tarifa is famous. Located north of the town as far as small headland on which sits Torre de la Peña. The beach and the pines behind it are officially protected as a Natural Area. Location of World Kite Surf Championships. 



The beach is well-equipped with public toilets, showers and changing rooms, lifeguards, first aid points, flags to signal the state of the sea, several restaurants and a several of beach bars. There are parking areas but they become full in the summer weekends. If full park  on the other side of the main road and walk, and parking tickets are frequently issues to those that park on the access roads. There are two camp sites at this beach Camping rio Jara and Camping Tarifa.  The beach is also served by buses running from the town of Tarifa. As it is 10km long it is oftern refered to in its North of South sections, or by Rio Jara. The most southern part by the town is refered to as Playa Balneario.


Playa Chica is a family friendly beach in Tarifa. © Michelle Chaplow
Playa Chica is a family friendly beach in Tarifa.

A small family beach, very popular with local residents. It is one of the only beaches in Tarifa that is sheltered from the strong winds there. Can get very crowed on particularly breezy days.  Located in a small cove by the causeway called Muelle de Rivera to the west of the town, between the port and Las Palomas island. For a small beach it has surprisingly good facilities including life guards, a Red Cross post, toilets, showers and a restaurant. There is also parking nearby.


Sandy coves and rocky platforms often missed by tourists, located just to the east of the town. Favoured by fishermen and those who are looking to get away from the crowds. Can be reached by following the track along the coast starting at the east end of Plaza Miramar where it turns into Calle Independencia. 


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