The small fishing town Tarifa (Andalusia) is situated at the southern most point of the European mainland seperating the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea. You can see the mountains of the African coast incredibly close as the Strait of Gibraltar is only 11km between Tarifa and the african continent.
The city beach of Tarifa is named Playa Los Lances, it is the longest beach (10km) in Andalusia. The Costa de la Luz continues with beautiful sandy beaches in direction north until Portugal and cannot be compared in originality and beauty with the more populated and built up Costa del Sol at the Mediterranean sea.
Just behind the beach of Los Lances the natural preserve of “Alcornocales” begins extending far into the back country. This area is a paradise of hiking and mountainbiking. At the very end of the Tarifa bay is where the Levante wind has gathered over the centuries a huge sand dune. The mountain of San Bartolo, famous for hosting 200 of Spain’s best climbing routes, rises just behind the dune. The historical center of Tarifa is surrounded by thick walls. Although the center is small, you can easily get lost in the many little streets and squares. Small Plazas with orange trees, old houses with little balconies and plenty of nice restaurants and cafes dignify the town’s image.
You can reach everything by foot in Tarifa town. The kitesurf- and windsurf stations and some of the best hotels and holiday houses are situated a few kilometers outside of Tarifa.