Tarifa’s distinctive location upon the splintering tip of Spain means it enjoy a decidedly different climate and culture to the rest of the Andalusian region. The sprawling sands of the beaches are backed by dramatically crashing waves and howling Atlantic winds, conditions that allure surfers and water sports enthusiasts in their thousands. Truly traditional and rustically rural, Tarifa is a diverse destination that provides a refreshing change from the touristic resorts of the Costa del Sol; rich reminders of a roman past decorate the town centre, and a cosmopolitan culinary scene draws inspiration from nearby Morocco.
Hailed as the jewel in Tarifa’s architectural crown is Castillo de Guzman, a stolid and stoic fortress whose origin dates back to the 10th century. Islamic in style and resplendent in atmosphere, the castle is shrouded in an intriguing history of death and destruction. A rugged and vertiginous perch means visitors can enjoy panoramic ocean vistas while absorbing an ancient ambience.
One of Tarifa’s most enticing allures is the opportunity to spot rare and remarkable whales basking in the Atlantic Ocean. The Strait of Gibraltar is Spain’s most popular whale watching spot, and depending on the month an season, visitors can observe killer whales, sperm whales and dolphins existing in their natural habitat.
For an exclusive and exceptional epicurean experience, dine in the rustic and remarkable Restaurant Lobo. Dishes are inspired by the bounteous produce of the sea, and the dynamic aspect of this dining experience is that eaters get to grill succulent prawns and tender chunks of meat at their very own table, to ensure food is cooked to personalised perfection. (Spanien, Calle San Francisco, 24, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain)