About Tarifa

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Tarifa, tucked in the southernmost part of the Iberian Peninsula, is known as one of the most famous destinations for wind sports. The European capital of kite surfing, this Spanish municipality offers glittering beaches, cozy cafes and a pulsating nightlife.

Despite having a calm and relaxing charm, Tarifa is a hub for outdoor activities. In the summer months, you can join a kite school and learn how to kite surf. During this time, beaches are littered with kites and other people trying to master the skill. Dive into the warm and clear waters of the Mediterranean while you're at Tarifa and watch life underwater. Go for a bike ride up the mountains to witness panoramic views of the surroundings, or venture a little farther on your bike to Baelo Claudio, a well-preserved Roman village by the sea. Whether you're new to rock climbing or a seasoned climber, you'll find a suitable rock to test your skills. Flanked by mountains, northern Tarifa has a good number of trails as well. Hike up La Pena or El Bujeo for magnificent views of the scenes down below.

Tarifa has some of the best relaxing spots by the sea. Head to Playa de los Lances, famous for kitesurfing, for a quick rejuvenating experience under the warm sun. The windy Valdevaqueros beach is ideal for kitesurfing and attracts the maximum number of travellers. Do not miss the white-sand beach of Punta Paloma, with its sand dunes and green trees, when you're in this Spanish city.


From $52 per night

This weekend

From $142 per night

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From $123 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 10 = $9.63
Language Spanish
Average weekend price $145 per night
Average weekday price $143 per night
Average stay 2 nights

Tarifa reviews

What other travelers say about Tarifa


Sandy beach was lovely, very busy in the old town at night,...

September 25, 2022

Sandy beach was lovely, very busy in the old town at night, but not very nice when your bedroom is over the bar areas which were very noisy until 5am in the morning. The hotel should warn visitors on their website before you book as it spoilt our 2 day break

gary United Kingdom

Tarifa is a beautiful historic town, with a unique character.

September 3, 2022

Tarifa is a beautiful historic town, with a unique character. The tourists are quite a stylish, international crowd, drawn here by the kite surfing and other water sports. There are many excellent places to eat, though only a few are traditionally Spanish. It was very busy when we were there (September 1st/2nd), and if I come back I'll choose a quieter time.

Martin United Kingdom

Old town is nice.

August 13, 2022

Old town is nice. For a cup of coffee or drinks at evening. Visit the old Fort! Very good story! Avoid beach in Tarifa, dirty and sea weed. Dinner at Pachamamas, Lunch at Chiringuito Tangana at Valdevaqueros.

Cristobal Netherlands

The old town is lovely to walk around and enjoy the...

July 3, 2022

The old town is lovely to walk around and enjoy the architecture. Plenty of resturants, coffee shops etc to eat and the ones I went to the staff were always friendly and helpful. Parking can be diffcult but patience will get you a spot eventually. Great views overlooking the water. A very realxing town to visit.

Taubert Spain

Tarifa was a beautiful city and relatively cheap.

June 22, 2022

Tarifa was a beautiful city and relatively cheap. There’s a beautiful castle which is well worth the money, a very nice church, and plenty of good restaurants in the old town. It’s also close enough to Tangier to make a Morocco day trip viable.


Tarifa is quirky and is great bohemian place.

May 2, 2022

Tarifa is quirky and is great bohemian place. Little winding streets, interesting streets. A plethora of cafes , snack bars and restaurants. The offering of a range of seafood is just great. Its Tuna season at the moment and it was so tasty. Its the service that really adds to this place. Lots of interesting craft shops. Beautiful beaches within walking distance. Lots of water trips and Africa is just 50 ks across the water. Definitely worth a trip.

felix Ireland

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