So, to start off we must say that Tarifa has the best beaches in Europe, overlooking Africa and the Strait of Gibraltar, washed by both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. We recommend that you go and visit the castle of Guzmán el Bueno (‘The Good Doer’) or the ruins at Baelo Claudia in the Bolonia beach, and not to forget the Strait’s Natural Park or the Cork Oak Natural Park that both surround Tarifa from all four flanks.
The beaches of Los Lances, Valdevaqueros or Bolonia are a favorite of ours and there you can find places like the Café del Mar beach, Wave beach bar, Dos Mares hotel, Hotel Hurricane or Arte y Vida at Los Lances, Valdevaqueros Tumbao beach bar, Tangana or Volare in the Punta Paloma area, and La Cabaña in Bolonia, while also not forgetting Zahara de los Atunes. In all these places you can practice windsurf, kitesurf or paddlesurf, there are many schools all throughout Tarifa, from Los Lances to Bolonia.
To continue enjoying yourself after the beach, you can go to Explora, the Dos Mares hotel, 100% Fun with its open-air concerts, Pachamama or Wet, where they serve spectacular food and homemade desserts.
There are many places to dine and wine that, on top of awakening your appetite, will also offer incredible views, such as El Tesoro restaurant in the Betis area, El Mirlo in Paloma Baja, the hotel Hurricane where the Chateaubriand is recommended, and the Dos Mares hotel.
With less views but offering exquisite food, there are the Las Rejas restaurant in Bolonia, Souk offering arab food in the area of Los Lances, La Pescadería in Alameda de Tarifa offering fresh tuna, Vaca Loca with its barbecue, Anca Curro specializing in Iberian meats, Casa José Luis, El Caserón, La Sacristía offering a touch of oriental food, or the spectacular traditional cuisine of Hotel Restaurante Mesón del Sancho in the area of El Cuartón, where you can even sleep on a log cabin.
Dessert should be in charge of some of the best ice cream parlors that can be found in Tarifa centre, such as La Fragola which is simply exquisite.
Once well fed, you can go and have a drink, there are many places to choose from where you can have a first drink, such as Zuco 97, Vibram, La Tribu, Misiana, Café Central, La Cueva, Taco Way, La Onda or Soul Café. You can have some mojitos and cocktails too.
Well into the night, there are places that never go out of style such as La Ruina, a Tarifa landmark, and the Mombassa club is also a spectacular place situated in the core of the city centre that also serves first drinks. Other spectacular places are the Café del Mar and La Santa.
Aside from the beach, the food and fun, what we love about Tarifa is its sport offerings since, on top of the windsurf and kitesurf for which it is known worldwide, there are many other options you can choose from, such as mountain bike or hiking at the Cork Oak Natural Park, diving in the area of the island, whale and dolphin watching, surf and paddle surf lessons, mountain climbing and quad routes.
We are sure to miss something, but we hope that you enjoy your selves and that you have fun, Tarifa is a yearlong paradise.