Weekends Away: Tarifa

Weekends Away: Tarifa

Where

Tarifa, is a gorgeous, seaside town on Spain’s most southern tip. It’s located at the exact point where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean meet and this means it is WINDY. Luckily for Tarifa, the wind means waves, for which it has become famous! The beaches here are awash with kite surfers, wind surfers and surfers from all over the world.

Tarifa is also in really close proximity to Morocco, which can be seen from, the beaches and coastal paths. This makes it a popular destination to catch a quick ferry (40 minutes) to Tangiers for day-trips, long weekends and holidays abroad. The views of Morocco, on a clear day, are incredible!

Kite surfing in Tarifa, Spain

The Vibe

Laidback. Bohemian. Beach Chic. Think windy days on the beach, sundowners and late, late nights!

Tarifa’s coastline is set in the shadow of Morroco, and the influence on the Old Town architecture, unmistakable. It is a gorgeous maze of white washed, cobbled streets in which you can get lost, only to pop out into one of many squares.

Whitewashed Street in Tarifa Old Town

Why Go

  • Old Town Tarifa is gorgeous

  • It’s a water sports paradise with surf schools on every corner.

  • The picture perfect, white beaches and turquoise sea

  • It’s great for hiking, climbing and mountain biking.

  • It’s a foodie’s dream and great for partying the night away!

  • Small, independent shops…

  • Friendly and safe ( but always take care!)

  • It felt great for solo travel, couples, bigger groups and families.

What is not too love?

The white beaches of Tarifa

The Landmarks

Tarifa is not really known for its historical landmarks. Yes, it has beautiful churches and a castle. But its the beaches and the old town that take your breath away and stay with you long after you leave.

The Food

Brunch at Surla’s, Tarifa

Brunch:

SURLA is the place for your brunching needs. Local, fresh, organic food is the mission here. Everything we tried here was delicious and their scrambled eggs is the best I have ever had. It is situated just outside the old town, not far from the beach.

Dinner:

So, Tarifa may be small but it is a foodie haven with a great number of restaurants, cafes and bars. Part of the fun is to mooch around the cobbled streets and vibey squares, to find the perfect place for dinner.

Fresh Tuna is a must in this town!

Our favourite finds are:

The one in the vibey square

Plaza San Martin, in the old town, is just the place to wind down with a cerveza and tapas. Three restaurants open unto the square, which makes it a great place to have dinner and people watch. Most nights there will be live music, which adds to the relaxed but buzzy ambiance. We sat down at BOCCABUENA for a drink and stayed for a few hours, working our way through the tapas menu.

The one with flamenco music and tapas

EL LOLA is a must when you are in Tarifa! Get here just before the crowds (21:30 ish) as it can get busy really fast! Its loud and fast, but so much fun and the tapas is fantastic! (If you can, inside is best)

The romantic meal

TABERNA LA MORENA is the perfect place for a romantic meal. Sit outside, under the trees, low lights and candle lit skies. The service is attentive but informal and the food phenomenal!

The Party

Tarifa comes alive late at night. Dinner is later than you would think, with eateries getting busy after 10pm and bars only opening after 11pm. Start your evening at Surf Bar and bar hop to the adjacent bars and streets, until you feel the need for sleep!

Weekends away: Tarifa

To Stay

If you are going over the summer, book far in advance! Places in the old town book up fast and quite a few months in advance! Airbnb is a great way to see the town, especially if you are staying longer.

**We went at the beginning of June, and Tarifa had a great buzz without being too hectic.

The Clothing

Shorts and flip flops for the day and warmer layers for night time!

A windproof is a must in this town and you will not regret bringing it along!

Hiking boots/Trainers to tackle one of the breathtaking coastal paths.

*Need some minimalist packing inspiration. Check out this post:

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**Prefer a city for your weekend break? Check out my Rotterdam Guide:

https://www.thiscitything.com/home/rotterdamweekends

Bohemian Building in Tarifa Old Town, Spain
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