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Tarifa - Costa de la Luz, Cádiz Province, Andalucia, Southern Spain
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Beach in Tarifa, Cadiz, 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
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.
Guzman el Bueno TowerTarifa gateAlso 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, Roman city on the Costa de la Luz, SpainBaelo 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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100% Fun 100% Fun Hotel, Tarifa2 star hotel
This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. This hotel is set just metres from Tarifa's most beautiful beach, Valdevaqueros, the best sailing and kitesurfing location in the city, and boasts an outdoor pool. This hotel has a bar, gardens and a restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout. Rooms have a minibar, a satellite TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms have views of the interior courtyard. You can take kite surfing lessons for a surcharge. The 100% Fun also has free parking.
Hostal Tarifa Hostal Tarifa, Tarifa2 star hotel
This property is 6 minutes walk from the beach. Hostal Tarifa offers a privileged location, only 5 minutes’ walk from both the beach and Tarifa’s old town. It features air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi and on-site private parking for an extra cost. Rooms offer plenty of natural light and come with flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with toiletries. There is a 24-hour reception and a bar. Other facilities include a luggage storage and a vending machine with snacks and drinks. Hostal Tarifa is 5 minutes’ walk from the harbour. Here you can take a ferry to Tanger.
Hotel Punta Sur Hotel Punta Sur, Tarifa3 star hotel
The beachfront Tryp la Caleta is located in Cadiz, Spain, 2.5 kilometres from the city centre. The historic city walls are two kilometres away, the 18th-century Cathedral is 2.5 kilometres away, and San Sebastian Castle is 3.5 kilometres from the hotel. The nearest train station is situated 2.5 kilometres away. The Tryp la Caleta is housed in a modern nine-storey property and is directly on the beach along the Victoria Promenade. Guests can surf the web via wireless internet access, and make use of the laundry facilities and room service. Those arriving by car will find parking available onsite for a surcharge. 
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Latest update: April 2, 2019