The People Of Tarifa

The People Of Tarifa

There´s a certain madness, a touch of wildness, that links the diverse bunch of foreigners who have chosen to make Tarifa their home. On the one hand there´s the wind and kite surfing crowd, young, fit and enterprising, whose shops and associated businesses now fill the streets. They are the pioneers; the ones who came, saw, but never quite conquered the soul of the local people who still cling on to their centuries-old traditions with fierce pride. It is, after all that the first windsurf shop was opened by a foreigner in 1985. Until then, Tarifa was an undiscovered, inward-looking backwater with a reduced fishing industry. Now the knock-on effect of that first breath of new life has spread throughout the town giving it an identity and diversity hitherto unimagined. Then there are the artist, the escapists, the nature lovers, the hippies and the spiritual navigators who are drawn here by some indefinable magnetic force. With them have come healing centers, yoga...
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History

History

In Tarifa is written part of the history of Spain The town of Tarifa is located in the most southerly region of the iberian Peninsula and the European continent. Only 16.3 km from the African coast and at the meeting point of the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. This is a fascinating place, filled with fantasy and fables, about wich people of the old world created myths and legends, where Titans, nymphs and gods dwelled. Here it is believed that Hercules erected two great columns that held up a celestial dome shortly after the disappearance of Atlantis under the waves. This region was home to a wide variety of communities and cultures all leaving their mark by way of a significantly diverse historical heritage that can be described as one of Spain´s most interesting. The history of Tarifa runs parallel to that of Spain itself. No culture or community has existed in our country without having left its mark in some...
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Tarif Their Chief

Tarif Their Chief

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. 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...
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Almadraba | Tuna Fishing

Almadraba | Tuna Fishing

The Almadraba is a traditional method of fishing for tuna during their migration towards the Mediterranean and in their return towards the Atlantic Ocean dating back to the time of the Phoenicians. In the province of Cadiz there are six almadrabas: four to catch the tuna on their way to the Mediterranean (almadrabas de derecho), Conil (Punta Atalaya), Barbate (Ensenada), Zahara de los Atunes (Cabo Plata) and Tarifa (Plava de los Lances) and two for their return trip to the Atlantic (almadrabas de retorno), La Linea (Playa de la Atunara) and Barbate (Ensenada). Many years ago there were also almadrabas in Rota and in Cadiz.The fishing season for the almadrabas "de derecho" starts in the sprinq and ends at the beginning of the summer and for those "de retorno it starts at the end of the summer and finishes in the autumn. The almadraba is made up of fixed nets that take longer than a month and a half to set...
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The Hurricane Hotel

The Hurricane Hotel

Set in stunning sub-tropical gardens, with steps leading down to the Atlantic shore, The Hurricane Hotel is an idyllic setting for a sun and beach holiday (weekend) with some action thrown in. With a strong African influence from just across the water (14km), it is Moorish in design, with a profusion of arches and water features, Casablanca style ceiling fans and cane furniture.  The Hurricane hotel is situated just beyond Tarifa at the southernmost point of Europe. Famed for windsurfing and kitesurfing, the weather conditions are ideal for both wind and kite surfers most of the time.  You can take courses or rent all the equipment at the hotel`s ION watersports centre.  The hotel sports centre has a fully equipped gym, yoga classes, heated pool and sauna.  You can go horseback riding or just laze by one of the pools.The rooms are charming and uncluttered with tiled floors, nice furnishing and ceiling fans. Each has a bathroom en suite. There are...
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Beach Hotel Dos Mares

Beach Hotel Dos Mares

Tarifa is home to one of the loveliest beach-side hotels in the whole of Andalusia, namely the Dos Mares beach hotel in Tarifa. The hotel is a gathering place for an array of colourful characters, which at any time can include sportsmen, actresses, celebrities, singers and models. All come here to enjoy its peace and quiet, relaxing along the white sandy beaches. What makes the long-standing Dos Mares hotel of Tarifa really special is the home from home feeling it affords its guests, its privileged beach setting and the high quality of service offered. What`s more, kitesurfers rate it as the best spot for kitesurfing in Europe. Within 25 minutes drive of the hotel you have the golf courses of Dehesa de Montenmedio and Benalup golf and country club, and on the east side, Valderrama, Alcaidesa (links) and Sotogrande which are ranked among the best in the world. After a hard day´s exercise, there´s nothing quite like sampling the culinary delights of the...
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Why Bird Watching In Tarifa

Why Bird Watching In Tarifa

Tens of thousands of birds, including eagles, harriers, kites and storks, cross twice a year the strait of Gibraltar along their migratory journeys from Europe to Africa. Indeed the Strait constitutes one of the busiest wildlife migration bottlenecks on earth. Tarifa is the perfect base for nature enthusiasts willing to enjoy this world class experience. Each time of the year has much to offer in this regard. During July and August immense flocks of white storks and black kites overfly Tarifa on their way south to tropical Africa. This gives way, in September, to the massive migration of raptors from all over Western Europe, being possible to observe up to 20 raptors species in a single day from one of the lookouts built specially for this purpose. Next comes the griffon vulture turn, which congregate in huge spiralling flocks reaching the largest known concentration for the species. In winter, among many other species, the fields around Tarifa host hundreds of Cranes arrived from Scandinavia. Finally, during the spring, all those raptors that have overwintered...
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Los Lances Kitesurf Schools

Los Lances Kitesurf Schools

Los Lances Kitesurf Schools Located just 4 km from TarifaOfficial kitesurf AreaWide sandy beachSafe to learn kitesurfingTwo ChiringuitosEasy Parking Kitesurf Schools at the beach of Los Lances. KiteobsessionKite Local SchoolSurfer Tarifa3Sixty Chiringuitos on the kite spot Los Lances WavesAgua For Non Kitesurfers Horseback Riding (next Hotel Dos Mares)Quads Tour (other side of the road) Kitesurf schools in Valdevaqueros ©tarifatravel ...
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