Total Experiences in Tarifa
The complete experience
Tarifa is a small town in the Andalusia region on the southernmost coast of Spain.
It is known as one of the worlds most popular destinations for wind sports and with stiff Atlantic winds, it is particularly popular as a kite surfing destination.
The town is steeped in history and has narrow streets to explore, with lots of shops, cafes, bars and clubs.
Morocco is just across the water and there is a strong Arabian influence on the style and cuisine in Tarifa.
On days when you aren’t kite surfing, why not take a day trip to Morocco or try a whale watching cruise?
On the boundaries of every beach there are various chiringuitos (beach bars) to relax, eat, have a drink and chat with your friends after your adventures on the water that day. These laid back, cool and funky bars are the perfect environment to relax with a mojito and watch the sunset.
Tarifa Kite Facts
Beginner: Very Good
5 local beaches for all wind directions
Half moon beaches to catch beginners
An abundance of Kite Schools
Practice ground for high level & professionals
Moderate waves for free-ride and freestyle
In the town there are a variety of activities to choose from; excellent shopping, market stalls, boutiques, with a selection of flavours, vibes and experiences.
In many of the squares, filled with tapas bars and exotic restaurants, you can be entertained by talented young street artists.
Many of the restaurants have a Moroccan influence but there is a mixture of traditional Spanish, European, Western, Mexican and Italian cuisine plus of course some fantastic seafood restaurants.
Fresh fish is brought in on a daily basis from the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas with a wide variety to choose from.
Another fantastic way to enjoy the amazing scenery along the coastline of Tarifa is by horseback. You can enjoy a short ride along sandy beaches or trek into the hills on Andalusian horses or friendly ponies. Whether you’re learning to ride or are an advanced rider, the local stables offer a variety of trips to make the most of your experience.
Redwoods Cable Park Marbella
One of the fantastic no wind activities just a short drive along the Southern Coast of Spain is the fantastic Redwoods Cable Park. This cable system has five pulleys and is considered to be one of the best facilities in Spain, with six features and the capacity to run 9 people at any time this really is a must on those rare days when the wind just doesn’t come.
If you want to get the most out of your windsurfing experience in Tarifa there are many specialist schools where you can rent ultra-modern equipment and take a lesson from some of the best riders in the world. Whether you’re 7 or 70 these schools have the right equipment for your ability so you can learn, practice or shred out there in harmony with the kiters.
The best time to surf in Tarifa is between September & May off El Palmar beach, as it is facing west and receives the most constant swells formed by low pressures out in the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer months however, even though the swells are less frequent, the warmer water and higher air temperatures make the environment perfect to catch your first wave and learn this fantastic sport.
SUP – Stand Up Paddle Boarding
This ancient form of surfing has evolved into a fantastic no wind activity. It is a great way to explore the coast line along Tarifa whilst keeping in shape and developing core stability and strength. Variations include SUP yoga and of course SUP surfing on the medium swell.
During your visit to Tarifa, why not enjoy this educational activity? There is an abundance of natural wildlife living and travelling through the Strait of Gibraltar. Migrating through the Strait from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, and vice versa are four different types of Whales; Pilot, Sperm, Fin and Killer Whales. They share the National Park waters with three different types of dolphin; Common, Striped and Bottlenose. There is an indescribable beauty in watching these fantastic creatures in their natural habitat whilst learning about the necessity to conserve their ecological environment.
The historical old town of Tarifa is full of interesting and educational places and a day trip around the town is a great way to learn about the history of the area. The well preserved Guzman castle gives an excellent vantage point to view the city, from the defensive walls you get the most amazing view of the port, the Strait of Gibraltar and just over 10 miles away the view of Morocco. Day trips to Tangier Morocco are available from the port and you can also take trips to Marrakech, Rabat and Cassablanca