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.
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.
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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