Tarifa, located in the province of Cadiz in Andalusia, is a small town on the southernmost tip of the Spanish mainland and European continent. The Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea bathe its coasts and united the Strait of Gibraltar, create a natural border with the African continent.

Tarifa in Spain

Its geographical strategic situation favored the arrival of numerous settlers since prehistoric times, although it has been the Roman culture that influenced more in Tarifa. The Romans created three settlements in this area: Lulia Traducta, known as Tarifa, Mellaria, known as Casas de Porros and Baelo Claudia, known as Bolonia.

The city of Baelo Claudia, founded in the late second century BC was an important Roman industrial complex of canning cured meats and sauces. Like the Garum sauce, which obtained its raw material from trap fisheries, and traded their products throughout the Mediterranean. Today, this roman city is preserved as priceless archaeological site of historical, artistic and tourist value.

Fishing in Tarifa remains an important activity thanks to mainly two types of traditional fishing: The art of Almadraba, to catch the tuna passing through the Strait in nets, and the existence of an artisanal fleet of small boats that dedicate their efforts to capture small fish for local consuming.

Tarifa, the wind city, represents an unbeatable tourist attraction. The alternation of Levante and Poniente winds make it an ideal place for sports like Windsurfing or Kitesurfing

How to get to Tarifa

The People of Tarifa