Tarifa is a small town in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, on the southernmost coast of Spain, with over 10 km of sandy beaches. We looped down to Tarifa after a stay in Seville, on our way back to Nerja, taking in a very quick detour to Cádiz, a definite city to revisit.
Tarifa is a real outpost on the coast – stand on the beach and the next land you hit, across the Strait of Gibraltar, is Tangier in northern Morocco, which can be seen in the distance. In fact, Tarifa has more of a feel, in parts, of a Moroccan town than a Spanish town. It’s also a mecca for trendy surf-types, with winter is the best time for surfing, when, on a good day waves can reach height up to 2-3 m. Shops are full of boards and surf gear and there’s a real laid-back feel in the town.
We loved the wide expanses of beach, the old town, the proximity (and ease of access via the port) to North Africa and although we love Spain, the feeling that this tiny corner was just a little bit different.