Tarifa is a small town in the province of Cádiz, which can be found on the southernmost coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Since it faces Morocco, one can see two continents from this beautiful town. A place made famous by the chivalry of Guzmán el Bueno, Tarifa is the perfect place to birdwatch, windsurf, and enjoy the view.
Plan your stay in Tarifa
To thoroughly familiarize yourself with Tarifa, you should plan for your visit to last several days. It is considered a good place to windsurf, go to the beach, and kitesurf lovers have also recommended Tarifa. It is also an amazing place for bird-watching in the Strait Natural Park and La Breña Natural Park and Barbate Marismas. From Tarifa’s port, one can organize aquatic outings to see cetaceans or attend tunny fishings. Close to Tarifa, you can also visit Algeciras or Vejer de la Frontera. Additionally, we can guarantee that your stomach will be content in Tarifa!
A good start to your trip is the foot of Jerez Door, which is the only preserved door among four it used to have. The door provides access to the inside of the walled fortress of the Moorish Alcazaba, reformed by Castilians in the 14th century. We recommend taking a detour through the typical narrow streets of this town to see classic Andalusian houses and end up at Guzmán el Bueno Castle, built in 960 A.D. by order of caliph Abd-ar-Rahman II. Later on, Christians added the Homage Tower in the 14th century, reformed in the 17th century to introduce artillery in its walls. Next to this castle you will find St. Mary Church, built in Gothic style in the 13th century upon a Mosque. We would also like to highlight the importance of the image of the Inmaculada from the 16th century.
It is worth going up to the Walls and to walk through them. Also, Miramar Viewpoint offers a panoramic costal view, including Las Palomas Island, the southernmost part of Spain, where you can see the point of entry of the Moorish explorers in 710 AD, an antecedent of their invasion.
Among the temples to visit in Tarifa we highlight St. Mathew Church (built in Gothic style but with a Renaissance style door and a Baroque style monumental façade) and St. Francisco Church (rebuilt in the 18th century in a Neoclassical style), which holds the image of Christ Distress (16th century).
Playa de Los Lances
A walk through the port allows you to imagine the transportation and fishing labors that help Tarifa’s economy thrive, apart from tourism. Fishing boats from this area provide a way to find with the best fish of the region.
Regarding beaches, we do recommend Los Lances and Punta Paloma because of their clean water and sand.
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