8 Things to Do in Tarifa That You Shouldn't Miss

July 20, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

The pristine white beaches of Tarifa are just as majestic as the 800-year-old castle that stands proudly in this southern Spanish town. Windsurfing or kitesurfing is an absolute must, and the sea sparkles with the promise of bustling marine life—perfect for enthusiastic scuba divers. At night, Tarifa itself sparkles with bars, nightclubs and tapas bars galore.
Restaurants in Tarifa

1. Playa de Bolonia

Tarifa, Spain +34 956 10 67 97
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Playa de Bolonia

Reviewed By Christina M

The kids had fun jumping on the dunes. Great for a walk on the beach and watching all the kite and windsurfers

2. Playa de Valdevaqueros

Tarifa, 11380 Tarifa, Spain +34 956 68 17 09
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 601 reviews

Playa de Valdevaqueros

Reviewed By Blueskies_sunshine14 - Lancashire

This beach was the main reason I booked a trip to Tarifa in the first place.
I had seen so many photos online and just had to see it for myself.
It’s so beautiful and the beach stretches on for miles. It’s seriously stunning. The dunes give the beach a lovely back drop and are great for taking photos of the landscape at the top.
The beach was full of windsurfers. Both newbies and experts so anyone can have a go so long as they book. I just admired the view but it did look like lots of fun!

3. Los Lances Beach

Tarifa, Spain +34 656 69 43 42
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 488 reviews

Los Lances Beach

Reviewed By Wineaux FromAlexandria - Alexandria, Virginia

Los Lances Beach ... central to the town of Tarifa ... is a wonderful beach. Wide. White fluffy sand. The water near the beach is shallow but even in August COLD. Several nice restaurants over looking the beach where you can have lunch or dinner.

4. Punta Paloma

Tarifa, Spain
Excellent
61%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Punta Paloma

Reviewed By malcolm c - Lowestoft, United Kingdom

You turn off the main road towards Paloma and after a short distance it's like driving through Sahara. There are huge sand dunes leading from sea to half way up a big hill. The road goes though middle. Lots of windsurfing and kite Surfing going on. Beautiful views over sea to Africa and tarifa.

5. Castillo de Guzman el Bueno

Calle Guzman el Bueno, 11380 Tarifa, Spain +34 956 68 46 89
Excellent
31%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 329 reviews

Castillo de Guzman el Bueno

Reviewed By heleneshaw - Auchterarder, United Kingdom

Wonderful views of the sea, town and Africa. Walks along top of walls and also at ground level showing a range of details. Good information boards in Spanish and English. QR codes for French and German. You get an information sheet on entrance which costs €4 for an adult. There are examples of battle weaponry , suits of armour and cannon balls made of stone. The building is in various states of being excavated,restored and maintained. There is a good museum inside the keep. Toilets in the church and keep. The church has roman ruins and is very peaceful. Parking outside the castle on the road surrounding the port is free. We stayed in the castle around an hour.

6. Isla de Las Palomas

Av Lances, Tarifa, Spain
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 190 reviews

Isla de Las Palomas

Reviewed By Maria M - Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Having walked across the causeway dodging the spray whipped up by the sea in the very windy conditions we arrived at The Isla and continued walking through into what looked like an abandoned army base. There were gates but they were wide open. Looked really interesting but the wild flowers and bird life was even more interesting.
However our visit was short lived when we were approached by a car and politely asked to leave. Evidently it is an immigration centre and only accessible to the public by applying for a permit and accompanied by a guide. We'll know for next time. The walk across the causeway is worthwhile, as is Reading the large information board just by the entrance to the camp. If it's very windy prepare for a wetting and a sand blasting.

7. Puerta de Jerez

Avenida de Andalucia, 11380 Tarifa, Spain
Excellent
20%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 101 reviews

Puerta de Jerez

Reviewed By Paul B - Maastricht, The Netherlands

The entire inner city of Tarifa used to be enclosed by Moorish city walls. Of the four original gates, the 'Puerta de Jerez' is the only remaining one.
The city walls and gates were initially probably built in the 9th century, but were definitely rebuilt/reinforced in the 13th and 14th century.
The arched gate is flanked by two towers from a later date.

8. Church of San Mateo

Calle Sancho IV El Bravo 1V, 11380 Tarifa, Spain +34 956 68 44 03
Excellent
23%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 113 reviews

Church of San Mateo

Reviewed By Ortlinde - Las Vegas, Nevada

Lovely exterior. Inside gothic type architecture. Ceilings are carved stone and very interesting. It Is very heavy with Spanish elements including many, many satues and side alars with candles. Surely a nice place of reflection for giving thanks for all the gifts given to us by God.

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