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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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The Melting Pot Hostel Tarifa
"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...
"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...
South Hostel Tarifa
"… have place for 60 people in total with all the common areas you want to have in a Hostel, TV area and lounge and common kitchen. There is WiFi. We offer to our guest all the sportive activities available in the area, as Kite surfing, surf, windsurfing, diving, etc. Other activities available are Bike routes, horse riding, hiking, climbing and much more! We have also an amazing terrace with live music to complete your...
Pink House Tarifa
"… hostel that long ago lodged so illustrious guests as Sir. Winston Churchill, has been converted into a lodging, only suitable for those who look for exciting experiences. It has been designed for people who can enjoy the singularities of this natural environment, and specially for non-conformist travelers who look for an at-temporal place, so they can enjoy the wonder of the sea and the secret captivation of our neighbor Morocco....
Wake Up in Tarifa
"… beds in 6 spacious rooms 4,6,8,10 and 12 kitchen. Our team organizes all kinds of water sports courses as kite surfing, paddle surf, surfing, diving ... and activities, trips, sports, horse trails, quad biking, canoeing, mountain bike routes, etc ... 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...
"… the beach (5 minute walking). Ideal for people who enjoy beach, sports and fun, especially for group of friends and backpackers We accept cash and credit card. We collaborate with various companies in town, in order to get our guests the best price for activities: kitesurf, surf, diving, windsurf, hiking… Our 7 bedrooms with a different number of beds from 4 to 10 beds are spacious and comfortable with a new beds and each guest...
"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 just five minutes to the wonderful old town of this surfer paradise." … "Great place to stay in the off season when the prices are very reasonable (30 euros for single with queen-sized bed and private shower and bath and a TV). Not in the...
Hostal Las Margaritas
"… raltar!. Perfect point of depart to the most beautiful characteristics and tourist destinations of the South of Spain, Andalucía. All our rooms are very spacious and contain: Central heating/Air conditioning Satellite TV Full bathroom Laundry service (6 Euros) Balcony (not all) Double rooms with the possibility of converting them in triple (maximum), single beds available for children No Amex. Check in/out 12ish midday (contact...
"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 great." … "… very clean and comfortable, free wi-fi, heating, no need of air conditioning as Tarifa's weather is fresh, sound proof windows in some rooms, terraces (private and shared), free towels and bed linen, very luminous rooms....
"… an ancient city located in the most southern point of Europe. It has forty kilometres of coast with waters from the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The services that Tarik Hostel offers are geared to make our guests feel at home. Coffee shop, board store room, safe, laundry and more facilities are all offered from our highly qualified staff. Please note: Check in at 12pm to 11pm Check out at 11.30...
Hotel La Pena Tarifa
"… balconies with views to the straights. 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 used as an area to socialize Indoor parking Green areas Gents\' WC with disabled access Swimming pool with disabled access Large balconies with views to the straights Pets and guide dogs...
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...
Hotel Meson de Sancho
"Hotel Meson de Sancho is located in one of the most beautiful places in the province of Cadiz. Located at the southern border of the Natural Park of the Acorns, 9 kilometers from Algeciras and another 7 in the city of Tarifa. Our location is surrounded by wonderful scenery offered by the Strait of Gibraltar and the mountains of Africa. The hotel Meson de Sancho has 40 double rooms, with central heating, colour TV, telephone and...
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,...
"… TV and air conditioning. Reception open 24 hours a day, common areas, etc. Our new hostel is backed with the experience of three generations of restaurateurs who will make you enjoy a pleasant stay. We own parking in the same building and cafeteria service (breakfast) Hostal Tarifa Policy & Cancellation , Check in time start at 15:00 to 23:00 . Check out before 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards,...
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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