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Tarifa, in the province of Cadiz, in Andalusia, Spain, is the southernmost town of Spain and the whole of Europe. While Tarifa is the southernmost town, Punta de Tarifa is technically the southernmost part of Spain and Europe. Punta de Tarifa is also called Isla de Tarifa or Isla de las Palomas. Punta de Tarifa is a small island beyond the town of Tarifa. The small town of Tarifa is part of the Costa de la Luz, or the Coast of Light, and faces the continent of Africa through Morocco, just across the Strait of Gibraltar. As part of Costa de la Luz, Tarifa is a popular holiday destination for vacationers and tourists.
Because of its location by the Strait of Gibraltar, Tarifa has been conquered and settled by various people including the the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and various kingdoms of Southern Spain. Tarifa provided a strategic naval checkpoint during various wars including the Napoleonic Wars and two World Wars. Aside from the geological feature of Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa is also known for its fishing port and the Castle of Guzman. Guzman Castle, or Castle of Guzman de Bueno, is a Moorish castle that a fortification throughout the centuries. Tarifa is also famous for the Gothic Church of St. Matthew.
The name of Tarifa has been wrongly attributed to the word “tariff.” Despite its favorable location for commerce and trade, the name has nothing to do with commerce. The name of Tarifa is originated from Tarif ibn Malik, a Muslim commander who led the conquest of Iberian Peninsula. Tarif ibn Malik conquest eventually led to the establishment of Moors settlement of Al-Andalus or Muslim Spain during the Middle Ages, which retains much of its influence up to the present day.
Tarifa is the only town in Spain that overlooks both Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Because of this unique feature, Tarifa enjoys the arrival of numerous tourists each year, most of which prefer the Atlantic part of the town because of its beaches and sunsets. Aside from the water and seaside activities like sailing and sunbathing, Tarifa is also famous for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Tarifa enjoys a curious convergence of wind from three different places -- the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and from the continent of Africa. Because of the winds, Tarifa is dotted with a number of wind turbines. There are hundreds of hostels in Tarifa, providing lodging and convenience to visitors, tourists, and vacationers. Hostels in Tarifa vary from luxurious resorts to simple single rooms.
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Tarifa Melting Pot Hostel
"The Melting Pot Hostel Tarifa is well located in a quiet town of twenty thousand people, a short ferry ride away from Morocco. A famous destination for kite surfers and nature-lovers alike, the hostel hosts such like-minded travelers, making for a cool and hip mix of stories and conversation. Breakfast -- all-you-can-eat toast, butter, jam, coffee, tea, and milk -- is included. Staffers are well informed and easy to approach. The Location...
South Hostel Tarifa
"Great place to relax - Really enjoyed staying at this hostel, staff friendly, everything very clean and in place. Adequate cooking facilities and really great place to relax. Rooms are warm and cosy. Only thing that was difficult was the lack of hot water in kitchen and toilets. Showers were bearable but little difficult if you are washing your hair. Would definitely stay again, very good for the price." …"… enjoy your free breakfast!....
Pink House Tarifa
"…Payment accepted on arrival : cash , credit or debit cards. Flexible Check-in time. Check-out time : 11:30. Breakfast not included. Taxes included." …"If you arrive by bus, just keep walking
Wake Up in Tarifa
"Good hostel - Nice place, clean, and with a spacious kitchen with all mod cons. Location is perfect, and the rooms remain quiet despite the busy square outside. The hostel lacks a good communal area, which makes it harder to meet people than other hostels." …"… ... If you would like to go to Morocco we are going to help you!! Please Note: Cancellation policy: 48 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be...
"… bedrooms beds are spacious and comfortable with a new beds and each guest has its own individual security locker. You can use our large fully equipped kitchen, stay at our huge lounge, enjoy the time in the garden and chill area also connect you with your friends and family with free WiFi. Tarifa Hostel Policies & Conditions: Check in time starts 09:00 to 22:00 . Check out time is 12:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit...
"…Cancellation policy: 24 hours before arrival. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. This property may pre-authorize your credit card before arrival. Taxes included. Breakfa
"Hostal Facundo is budget accommodation outfitted with the basics in the touristy town of Tarifa, Spain. It has what you would expect from a cheap hostel, but the horrible staff and dismal social atmosphere make it quite unpleasant for a traveling backpacker. The Location The hostel is decently located -- but in a town the size of Tarifa, that is not hard to accomplish at all. It's less than a ten-minute walk to the bus station, a little...
"A very nice hotel, spanish style and ambiance, very moderate prices for clean, comfortable and friendly rooms with tv and balcony. Near to bus stop, easy to park your car nearby, but still quite and
Hostal Las Margaritas
"…Mountain biking; different routes departing from our main door. Take a boat and pass through 'Estrecho de Gigraltar' and watch whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. Climbing, clibm the 'Roqu
Los Baños de la Luz
"… to fill ones heart with the beauty of this almost untouched zone of the Spanish peninsula. The tip of Europe, only a dolphins leap across to Morocco, the African continent. Los Baños de la Luz Policies and Conditions: Check in from 08:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 13:00 . Cancellation policy: 72 hours before arrival. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. Taxes included. Breakfast not included....
"Highly recommended - The staff were amazing, very accommodating and helpful in all that you asked of them! The sinks in the room were convenient and the location was great. The cleanliness was also g
"…Cancellation Policy: 2 days, late cancellations and no shows will be charged the amount of the first night. Breakfast is included We accept groups more than 9 people We accept credit card Cash as
Hotel La Pena Tarifa
"…We also have cots for babies if required. The building is in a very fresh location so there is almost no need for air conditioning. We offer the following facilities: Garden/terrace that can be u
Hotel La Torre
"… a TV and a private bathroom. The restaurant specialises in traditional cuisine and serves typical dishes of Andalusia and Tarifa. Other facilities at this hotel include a bar and a 24-hour front desk. The hotel is also close to the main surfing beaches and there is a store room where you can leave your surf board. Numerous activities such as diving, windsurfing or fishing can be practised nearby, and there are various charming fishing...
Hotel Copacabana Tarifa Beach
"… in Tarifa, in a privileged area front of Valdevaqueros beach with magnificent views of the Moroccan coast and Punta Paloma beach with its hugesand dunes. Behind him are the mountains of the Natural Park of the Acorns, in the rural environment is a perfect starting point for numerous activities on the beach and in the country side the area offers the visitor, such as horseback riding, climbing, hikingtrails, rental quads, bikes, surf...
Hotel Meson de Sancho
"…Please note: Check in 12pm Check out 12pm Breakfast is not included Credit card and cash accepted as payment upon arrival" …"Address: Carretera de Cadiz - Malaga KM 94, Tarifa Carretera
"…Taxes included. Breakfast not included - 4 EUR per person per day. General, No curfew." …"Hostal Tarifa for its location allows you to enjoy the historic, shopping, dining and beach area without
Tarifa Travel Tips & Suggestions
I love this town in low season. In August it's impossible to relax and have fun -- families everywhere, everything is too expensive, all bars and discotheques are overcrowded. Go to Tarifa but be careful by choosing the period!
If you really want to enjoy the beautiful Tarifa, go there in low season -- the best moments are April and October. In July and August, it's too crowded.
What to say -- Tarifa is the best! Beaches are awesome. I'll come back for sure.
Tarifa is really relaxing in the off season. I was there in the spring -- the kite surfing was great and found a wonderful hostel.
— Jess - US
Tarifa has a very cool vibe. But in August, it is packed with families and annoying people. You MUST book in advance to stay here. Nightlife is very cool, but if you're lucky enough to be in a windstorm there, you're screwed during the day.
— lesley Canada
Tarifa is a bit laid back place, it feels quite far away from the rest of Europe and you can feel it. I really enjoyed the beaches, which are wide and half empty, top beaches in Europe. Feels almost like Jamaica. I loved the place.
— Piotr Kasperek
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