Get on the Auto pisa in the direction Cadiz and just keep going un till you get to tarifa should take about 40 mins - well worth a day to Tarrifa!
Tarifa is beautiful though cold as heck thanks to the wind. I now understand why it’s the surfing capital of Spain. It was pretty cool to see Africa so close, and ferries constantly going between the two continents.
Kite surf is the reason Tarifa is no longer just a fishing village. Around thirty years ago the surfers came and conquered and nowadays the Batalla del Salado, Tarifa’s main commercial street, is lined with surf clothing emporiums and board shops.
Championships are held here but novices are welcome too – there are a huge number of kite schools (try Hotstick) that can train you up and you should expect it to take a couple of days before you get out on the water alone. Kite surf central is Playa Valdevaqueros, about 6km outside town.
The Strait of Gibraltar teems with dolphins (common, bottlenose and striped) and whales (fin, pilot, sperm and killer) and most of the companies who offer excursions, for example Firmm, are so confident of sightings that they’ll take you out again for free if you don’t see anything. High summer is the time to see the killer whales and early summer for sperm whales – the other species can be seen all year round. Although the surfers kite off Los Lances in the winter, in the high season the beach is reserved for swimmers and sunbathers; quite unlike the beaches to the east of here, Los Lances is still relatively undeveloped and wild.
Broad and backed by an unspoilt bird reserve, it’s perfect for family days out, walking and messing about in the water. There are a number of chiringuitos if you get hungry and on the other side of the causeway that leads out to the island, tiny Playa Chica is more sheltered and perfect for toddlers Roman ruins are in plentiful supply all over Spain, the best known probably being the aqueduct in Segovia, but nowhere on the peninsula has a whole Roman city been so perfectly preserved as at Baelo Claudia in Bolonia, around 14km outside town in the Cádiz direction and barely signposted from the main road.
You’d think they weren’t keen on visitors but it isn’t so – the visitor centre is state-of-the-art and worth seeing for its own sake. The walkways and ramps that take you from amphitheatre to temple to tuna processing plant are recently refurbished and have increased accessibility and yes, you heard me right – the main reason the Romans settled here was to make a tuna sauce which they called garum.
And there are a number of ways to do it in Tarifa. Every September as the tourists trickle home the town celebrates its feria – a week long frenzy of fairground, food and the odd dollop of religious fanaticism. At the beginning of the week the Virgen de la Luz arrives in town by way of a spectacular procession of horses and riders. At the end of the week she leaves. Sounds simple, but what a week! Noise, colour, the smell of incense perfuming the cobbled streets - if you’re here at that time it’s an experience not to be missed.
Tarifa is famous for the water sports of windsurfing and kitesurfing. Its many sites are considered by fans as the best in the world. However, we recommend extreme caution if you are not an expert in strong winds. To learn, there are numerous schools that offer short courses, tailored to the individual’s needs. But that's not all. In Tarifa you have the opportunity to play other ‘nature’ sports such as hiking, sea fishing and diving. The latter two activities must be arranged in advance due to The Point Natural Park being protected.
There are diving schools willing to introduce you into this wonderful underwater world. There are also whale watch companies that take you to see the most common species on the Strait. If you prefer, Tarifa is the ideal place for bird watching trips as the birds migrate across the water to Africa.
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