Amongst the beaches that boast white sand of a very fine grain and which are typical of Tarifa, Los Lances beach stands out by way of its size and its beauty and also because it attracts surfers from all around the world. Set in the most southern enclave of the continent, it oversees, from one side, the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coast, and from the other, the mountain range of the Tarifa Hills.

The scenery is enriched by the flowing rivers of Jara and de la Vega that, together with the Salado Stream, create a space of great natural resources. Its abundant in fish and shellfish and this acts as a calling to a very peculiar mammal typical of this area, the otter, who hides among the reed grass and the reed stalks present along the shore.

Within the Natural Setting you may also find wetland formed by the tides and by the grazing prairies which have been flooded, and whose salinity is lowered by the annual rains. Under these conditions, cordgrass and seepweed grow. Around those, bird watchers may spot sandpipers and golden plovers who are fond of the area since it is an environment favourable to mating. When the winds are not favourable to flying, Los Lances Beach is home to many migratory birds such as eagles, falcon and white tailed kites that await more favourable conditions for the crossing of the Strait.

Due to its barrier status and the wind and sea currents, the seafloor is rich in significant subaquatic heritage housing varied shipwreckage. These sunken vessels, positioned on giant sandy floors stretching through the Bolonia inlet, are an added value when you are diving. Also, as with the rest of the Strait Natural Park, many activities are offered, from boat trips to spot whales and dolphins to the varied wind sport alternatives, such as windsurfing. Furthermore, guided visits may be scheduled in the Old Quarter, with its impressive ramparts and local cuisine featuring fish, tagarnina oysters and snails.


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