Tarifa fascinating facts - Winds and Waves

The conditions in Tarifa  are perfect for kitesurfers © Michelle Chaplow
The conditions in Tarifa are perfect for kitesurfers.

5 Fascinating Facts about Tarifa

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WINDS AND WAVES

What is it that sets Tarifa apart as such an ideal destination for fans of extreme sports such as kite-surfing? It is located in the straits of Gibraltar, a narrow area of sea between northern Africa and southern Europe, where the meeting of the Mediterranean and Atlantic (see Fact I), and the resulting difference in air pressure, create almost constantly-blowing strong western breezes (average speed 45km/h), which also power the many wind turbines in the area around the town. These conditions are perfect for kitesurfers, who can reach speeds of up to 80 km per hour.

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