Tarifa - Fascinating facts

Tarifa fascinating facts © Michelle Chaplow
I love Tarifa

Famous for being the European capital of kite-surfing and located at the southernmost tip of Spain, Tarifa has a laid-back atmosphere all of its own. With its reliable breezes, kilometres of sandy beaches and a Moorish fort, it is a relatively small town which offers fantastic watersports all year round, fascinating history, and excellent nightlife - few other places are so compact while still offering such a melting pot of cultures. The town, part of Cadiz province, feels apart from the rest of Andalucia, with its many alternative restaurants and shops catering to extreme sports enthusiasts who come from around the world to take advantage of its strong winds and waves, and its trendy surf vibe. Non-surfers are well catered for too, with whale-watching and horse-riding, as well as nearby Roman ruins.

  • Fact 1 - The town's Moorish history is not surprising - it was the first point of invasion from nearby Africa
  • Fact 2 - Not into high-adrenalin wetsuit experiences? Tarifa is also one of Europe's top whale-watching destinations
  • Fact 3 - Morocco is just half an hour away - you can see it from Tarifa - so why not have a day out in Tangiers?
  • Fact 4 - Why is Tarifa such an amazing place for wind-powered watersports?
  • Fact 5 - One of the Romans' favourite delicacies was made near Tarifa.