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Tarifa - Costa de la Luz, Cádiz Province, Andalucia, Southern Spain
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Chill out on the beach in Tarifa, Spain

Placed just across the Straits of Gibraltar from Morocco, Tarifa offers amazing views of the Moroccan coast and is a world-famous destination for its wind-surfing and beaches, and also as one of the best chill-out locations on the Costa de la Luz. 

The small coastal town is located in the Cádiz province of Andalucia. Situated on the Costa de la Luz (coast of light), Tarifa is the southernmost town in the country.

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Travel Reading on Cádiz and the Costa de la Luz:
Algeciras - Gateway to Andalucia
Cadiz Tourist Information
Costa de la Luz Tourist Information
Spain's Prettiest town: Arcos de la Frontera
The White Villages Of Cadiz - An Archaeological Route
This is about Rota, Spain
Visit the Historic Town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia
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A chill-out, bohemian atmosphere prevails in the town, with several vegetarian restaurants available and is well supported by the wind-surfing community, due to the almost constant winds that blow there.
Unlike the rather browner Costa del Sol sand, beaches in Tarifa are an endless white sandy vista. 

The town is surrounded by  five smaller villages - Tahivilla, Facinas, Bolonia and Zahara de los Atunes.  Really worth visiting are the dunes of Bolonia, where you will often share the beach with friendly cows.

A protected natural park, the dunes of Bolonia and the Punta Camarinal (Camarinal point) is a stunningly beautiful area. Combining forests and beaches, this is a wonderful place to hike or stroll.  Strolling along the beach front is a pleasure, with wooden pathways built for comfortable and easy walking.

Historical landmarks of the city of Tarifa include the well-preserved Guzman castle, near the port, built by order of caliph Abd-ar-Rahman III (960).

Annexed are the Guzmán el Bueno Tower (13th century) and the church of St. Mary, on the site of a former mosque.

Tarifa - chill out on the beach on the Costa de la Luz, Spain from Anne Sewell on Vimeo.
Also to be seen in the city are the remains of the medieval walls. Of three gates once existing, today only the Puerta de Jerez (13th century) has survived.

Around town:

Below is a photo tour of the old town of Tarifa from the Puerta de Jerez down to the beach.

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Baelo Claudia - 2nd century Roman town on the Costa de la Luz

On the outskirts of Tarifa, close to the village of Bolonia on the Costa de la Luz, lies a fascinating Roman city dating back to the 2nd century BC called Baelo Claudia.

The ancient Roman town is located 22 kilometers (14 miles) outside of the city of Tarifa, right on the dunes of the village of Bolonia. On the shores of the Straits of Gibraltar, the town was originally a fishing village and also a North African trade link, settled around 2,000 years ago.

At the time of Emperor Claudius the town was thought to be very prosperous, as it was a major port for Tangier in Mauretania Tingitana (now Morocco) and also supplied salted tuna fish, garum and other products to various other Roman cities close by.... read more


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Brief Tarifa, Tarifa
Brief Tarifa Hotel is well-positioned, with easy access to all that Tarifa has to offer. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Whale Watch España, Aventura Marina and Firmm, as well as those endless, sandy beaches. Brief Tarifa's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café and tour/ticket assistance. Brief Tarifa Hotel offers a selection of top-class facilities such as restaurant, tours, car park, bar/pub, Wi-Fi in public areas can be enjoyed at the hotel.
Hospedería AlMundo, Tarifa
The Hospederia AlMundo is a 1 star hostel located in Tarifa which has combined elegance, comfort and relaxation with attractive decoration. There is a cafeteria where a breakfast buffet is included in the price.  Guests have free WiFi Internet access in public areas and rooms. Hospedería AlMundo is close to Castle de Guzman El Bueno, Punta Tarifa, and Playa de los Lances. Regional points of interest also include Playa Valdevaqueros and Bolonia. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. The Hospederia AlMundo offers its guests the Pachamama Beach Club, where you can enjoy a tasty restaurant with a wide selection of meat and fish at the barbecue, pasta, salads, desserts, enjoy cocktails, drinks, listen concerts, swimming pool, play volleyball, official kite surf school, tours of paddlesurf.
Hotel Convento Tarifa
Hotel Convento Tarifa is located 100 meters from the Puerta de Jerez, the gateway to the medieval Moorish old town of Tarifa.  This attractive hotel offers classic guest rooms with wireless internet access and TV.  The hotel is a converted convent with a garden surrounded by medieval walls, where the restaurant serves traditional Andalusian dishes.  The rooms of the Hotel Convento Tarifa have tiled floors and elegant decor in white. All have flat screen TV and private bathroom. The reception staff can provide information 24 hours about what to see and do in Tarifa. The town is a popular destination for kitesurfing, and the beach is 5 minutes away.
Hotel Cortijo de Zahara, Zahara de los Atunes / Tarifa
Hotel Cortijo de Zahara is a beautiful boutique hotel in a building dating back to the 19th century.
The hotel has been recently renovated and is located in Zahara de los Atunes, Cadiz coast, close to Zahara de los Atunes Beach and Bolonia Beach.  The hotel maintains the charm of old times with antiques and furnishings of colonial style. Guests can dine at Restaurant La Bodega, serving delicious Mediterranean cuisine and a selected wine list. Facilities at Hotel Cortijo de Zahara include: swimming pools, gardens, Spa. There are 42 spacious rooms available at El Cortijo de Zahara including double and Junior Suite.
Hotel Misiana, Tarifa
Right in the heart of old town Tarifa lies a 21st century Hotel with charm that peeks out at two different seas across beaches bathed in sunlight. A special lodging that is surrounded by hundreds of interesting corners that are just waiting to be discovered. Let the aromas of Southern Spain envelope you in Hotel Misiana. Enjoy you stay at the newly refurbished Hotel Misiana. The new directors decided to convert the outdated legacy left by Ana Torroja, lead singer of the popular Spanish group “Mecano”, into a charming, modern and comfortable hotel. On the first floor guests will discover the new restaurant that substitutes the bar that used to occupy the same space. They can enjoy bountiful breakfasts and dishes cooked with the produce of the land.
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Latest update: November 9, 2013