Tarifa Travel Guide
Shopping When it's time for shopping in Tarifa there are many options to choose from, but many of the tourist shops sell the same basic stock. The old town has a number of small boutiques and a multitude of surf shops selling all the most popular brands. The old town also has an indoor market where you can buy fresh produce and other food, including the catch of the day in the outdoor area. Tarifa also hosts a market on Tuesday mornings, which stocks tourist souvenirs, artwork, handicrafts and ceramics; you'll find many Tarifa souvenirs echo the region's Moorish heritage, with Moroccan lamps, pillows, shoes and linens all being popular gifts.
Restaurants Eating out in Tarifa is an adventure in Andalusian food, as the city has a mix of traditional restaurants, tapas bars, and cafes in addition to more cosmopolitan options like Italian, Moroccan, and French eateries. For the most authentic experience, simply wander through the old town and enjoy the local tapas and jerez (sherry). Cafe Azul, Cafe Mogador, Casa Juan Luis and La Trattoria are a few of Tarifa's most recommended eateries for holiday visitors.
Nightlife Tarifa's nightlife is constantly buzzing. The city's bars are busy with the after-dinner crowd from 9am until 3am when they are forced to close by law. Popular options include Bar Almedina, which is set into the historic city wall, and the stylish Cafe del Mar Tarifa. The clubs take over where the bars leave off, carrying on the party until around 8am. These include the youth-oriented house venue Club New Rif, the historic La Ruina, and the stylish Carpe Diem. Tarifa attracts great live music as well, including Flamenco, samba, jazz, and its own particular brand of hip hop. Many of the hotel bars host live music performances.
Activities Tarifa has ideal conditions for the wind reliant water sports, like kite surfing, windsurfing, and sailing, and you can try your hand at other aquatic activities like surfing, scuba diving and whale watching as well. Although the wind can be a bit off-putting, Tarifa has stunning, spacious beaches, backed by dunes and pine forests, and there are protected areas that are good for sun tanning and swimming. Bolonia Beach is great for families as there are virtually no strong currents. For those more comfortable on land, there are opportunities for horseback riding, bird watching, and visiting historic buildings and ruins. Tarifa also has cheap and convenient ferries to Tangier for those who want to experience the Moroccan souks.
Negatives Tarifa is a very windy holiday resort, perfect for kite surfing and windsurfing, but not always ideal for those looking for relaxing days on the beach.