Tarifa, the paradise of Europe in the Strait of Gibraltar
Tarifa is located at the southernmost tip of Spain and is one of the most multifaceted places in Europe.
The small town in Cadiz offers a great diversity of landscapes and a myriad of entertainment for all tastes. Whether you are looking for beaches and sea, mountains, forests, culture and sports as to enjoy the Andalusian cuisine, here you will find everything you could possibly want.
The village is situated in the Strait of Gibraltar, just at the point where Mediterranean and Atlantic merge with only wildlife and endless white sandy beaches. It is also located between the Parque Natural del Estrecho and los Alcornocales Natural Park with beautiful coastal landscapes, mountains and forests that invite strolling and bicycling.
The pristine beaches of Tarifa with more than 10 kilometers are one of the most famous places for the windsurfing and kitesurfing world, but are also among the most popular bathing beaches of the country. Scuba diving is also a very practiced sport in Tarifa.
The beaches are largely within the Natural Park of the Strait or its limits. It has many trails that crisscross the Park from the beaches.
Both parks offer visitors many possibilities like hiking, climbing, horse-riding, mountain biking but also ornithology for the observation of native birds as migratory, sighting of cetaceans such as whales, dolphins and much more. In the parks also several thousand years old, caves, anthropomorphic tombs can be found with paintings.
The city itself is full of history and monuments.
Tarifa was again occupied and conquered over the centuries. They lived well here Phoenicians, moors, Romans, Muslims, and Christians in constant struggles for this strategic location between Africa and Europe. All these people have contributed to the development of culture and local cuisine.
The most outstanding monuments of Tarifa are the ancient walls, the castle of Guzmán el Bueno, the Castillo de Santa Catalina, the Church of Saint Matthew, Church of San Francisco, the food market, the square of Santa Maria where the Town Hall and the library are, Miramar viewpoint and various statues.
In the nearby village of Bologna you can visit the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia. These are some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Spain where you can visit a complex urban area with wall, system of abatement of water, sewers, Forum Theatre, market, temples, a basilica, public baths, residential neighborhoods, necropolis and the fish factory. The objects found during the excavations are exposed in the Museum on site.
For all citizens of the European Union admission is free,
The local cuisine is marked by fishing, but also offers manyspecialities from local bred meat, where animals are raised mostly in freedom.
Bluefin tuna is one of the brands of tarifa. Tarifa is one of the villages included in the ancient tuna route. In Tarifa tuna still capturing according to the traditional method of Almadraba, and is recognized globally as one of the most popular tuna. In the restaurant of Hotel La Torre, they have the chance to taste the famous tuna and also other traditional recipes.