Tarifa - Port

Tarif Port

by Chris Chaplow

The port in Tarifa is the departure point of the fast ferry to Tangier and excursions including whale and dolphin-watching trips.

The port and breakwaters were constructed in the 1930s and 40s – the government official responsible for the project, General Vives (Sub-Secretary of Development), was made an hijo adoptivo (adopted son) of Tarifa and had a street named after him. The port was finished in 1944.

Of note is the fine statue to ‘Sagrado Corazon de Jesus’ at the end of the outer breakwater. More recently the Port of Algeciras authority took over management of Tarifa Port and carried out improvements in the 2000s, so that the ferry terminal could receive non-EU passengers. The recreational marina was improved with new access and moorings, and there are ongoing improvements to the fishing port area.

The colourful air-propelled torpedo on display at the port entrance came from the old Spanish Navy station that occupied the spot where the commercial port is now.

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Tarifa port is divided into three separate areas.

FERRY PORT

The third area is the ferry port to Tangier which is only open to passengers. Although comfortably small in size, this port carries the third-most passengers in Spain after the (much larger) ports of Barcelona and Algeciras.

The port area is open to walk around and take photographs. The modern ferry terminal building has café and toilet facilities as well as ticket offices. Foot passengers for Tangier pass through passport control and customs inside the terminal building. Car drivers should first park in the car park and check in at their ferry company desk in the terminal with all car passengers’ passports, then return to the car and drive though passport and customs control into a quayside waiting area.

You will find a number of cafés on Calle Alcalde Juan Nuñez, just outside the port gates, or on the Alameda oposite the entrance. 

FERRY PORT CAR PARK

The fenced short stay car park inside the ferry port only for ferry port users is convenient, but it’s often full. The fees are as follows: free for the first half-hour, then 0.55€ for minute 31, then 0.06€/minute up to an hour, afterwards 0.03€/m up to 10hrs; 17,34€ is the maximum, for up to 24hrs. There is a discount for ferry passengers who frank their car park ticket in the inbound customs hall. If you want to avoid paying these fees arrive early to allow time to park your car elsewhere – for example, it’s free to park in the street if you can find a space.

Fishing boats in the port in Tarifa. © Michelle Chaplow
Fishing boats in the port of Tarifa.

FISHING PORT

The fishing port, with a separate entrance to the west, is used by Tarifa’s small fishing fleet.

LEISURE PORT

The marina for sailing and motorboats to moor - all the whale watching excursions and dive boats depart from here. Some operators have offices just outside the port. 

 

Bus Station


It is a 1.2km uphill walk to Tarifa Bus Station. If you have luggage take a taxi.