Where to go: Tarifa
A year is approaching with limited travel and wow does that seem so long ago. When did one walk on the beach become the greatest adventure and source of emotions?
The journey has become so easy, hasn't it? We probably realize by now that we've been taking this for granted for a while.
How many of you are already planning where to go next? And how many of you live in a place from which you rarely want to leave?
If you are like us, you are probably surrounded by beautiful landscapes and places that are only a few minutes / hours drive from your home. So longing to see other parts of the world is not your burning desire.
Because we have so much beauty locally, today we wanted to take you to a unique place that is just an hour's drive from Benahavís.
Tarifa is known primarily for the community where they came and never left with surfers, although it offers much more than just surfing.
It's an interesting mix of off the beaten track, a cosmopolitan and cool atmosphere, an adventurous playground featuring some of the best places to eat, drink and stay on the Costa de la Luz.
Cádiz and New York Times
Tarifa is an Andalusian hot spot on the south-west coast of Spain and is often described as a must-see for any serious surfer.
It is a presentation of some of the most beautiful landscapes of Andalusia. It offers stunning scenery, sandy beaches and a peaceful beach town with authentic cuisine. Also consider a road trip from Marbella - it is one of the best routes in the whole region.
Tarifa is located in Cadiz, which in 2019 was on the list of 52 places in the world recommended by the New York Times to visit.
Surfing and diving
Due to its location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Tarifa is characterized by strong winds and big waves, making it one of the best surfing spots in Europe. In the 10 km stretch between Tarifa and Punta Paloma (northwest of the city), there are around 30 different locations where you can rent windsurfing or kitesurfing equipment. If you are a fan of diving, Tarifa's crystal clear waters, especially around Isla de las Palomas, guarantee a spectacular underground adventure.
White sand beaches and crystal clear waters
There are several impressive white sand beaches in Tarifa. Playa de Bolonia is one of the best beaches in the area. But it's not just a beach - it's a natural environment with places full of almost untouched nature, fine white sand, crystal clear water and a pleasant sea breeze. Those who visit it understand that it is a unique natural environment and fully respect it. The beach is about 4 km long and about 70 m wide. The dunes are Bologna's main natural attraction. It is a huge formation that changes gradually under the influence of the wind. How difficult it is to climb depends on the time you go. You can't miss climbing to watch the sunset and a surfboard ride down the dune.
The region of tuna
Every year, from the beginning of spring to the end of summer, we can experience one of the most spectacular nature shows that takes place in the waters of southern Cadiz. The giant Atlantic bluefin tuna spend the winter feeding in the cold waters of the North Atlantic, and in March embark on a spectacular migratory journey of more than 2,500 miles towards the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea to reproduce. They travel in hundreds and thousands of groups and are approaching the shores of Cadiz, making full use of the strong ocean currents in the Strait of Gibraltar until they reach their destination. They don't eat on this journey - they follow their instincts and nothing can stop them.
Sailing on the Strait of Gibraltar
Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing sailing cruise or experience an amazing yacht racing experience, the Strait of Gibraltar is the perfect destination, both for its weather and geography. You can experience a unique sailing experience at its best, between two continents, surrounded by a unique natural environment and enjoying all the biodiversity of the Strait.
The best time to watch dolphins is from April to October, when dolphins and whales swim between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Choose one of the non-profit organizations to do so as their primary goal is to protect animals. Among them is the organization FIRMM (Marine Mammal Research and Information Foundation), which offers tours to meet all species of dolphins and whales in refurbished glass-bottomed boats.
Horse riding on the beach
For the dreamers of endless beaches and Andalusian horses, there are various places to rent horses locally for truly amazing riding experience. During the summer months, we recommend riding in the early mornings, finishing it with a swim in the sea together with the horses. You can either ride along the beach towards the Roman ruins and swim with the horses at the far end of the beach or up in the dunes with spectacular views towards Morocco.