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Things to do in Tarifa. Even though it is not a big city, Tarifa has a lot to offer and there are a thousand things to do to keep you from being bored. Although wind sports are the main attraction, there are attractions for all tastes such as a cinema festival, unique shops and rural tourism.

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Here there is a lot to keep you entertained, there is no doubt about that. Have a look through our activities or sports section and you will see that fresh air will complement your holiday well.

The character in Tarifa is defined mainly by it's coastline. So the first thing that you can do is relax on one of the beaches such as the Valdevaqueros, Los Lances or Bolonia.

The strong easterly wind that blows in this area makes it one of the most privileged areas for surfing and sports such as kite-surfing. There are courses available so that beginners can have a go as well.

There are also classes available for other sports such as climbing. In San Bartolo there are around 250 climbing routes to choose from. If we are talking about outdoor sports then we must not forget hiking, Tarifa boasts two Natural Parks, Estrecho and Los Alcornocales, it is an area that attracts a lot of people from urban areas and big hotels and they prefer rural tourism.

There is a lot to offer such as a visit to the Baelo Claudia archaeological site; a walk through the Los Algarbes Necropolis, and yes it is possible as well to take a walk through some of the caves and view the cave art; there is also an exit into the countryside to go hiking or mountain biking; a trail through the old town to see the Arab legacy: the castle, the structure of the streets, the walls...;a trip to Morocco, which is only 14 kilometers away is also available for you to experience another culture... and, of course, the beaches in Tarifa, traverse the kilometers and kilometers of white sand with clean and clear water.

The importance of surfing in Tarifa is also reflected through the fashion. If you go shopping on the Batalla del Salado street you will find a lot of local Tarifa brands offering innovative designs not only clothes but also accessories to practice this sport. There is also the presence of international makes.

For those that are more attracted by the culture, in May there is a unique event which is known as the bridge between African and Spanish cinema. The African Cinema festival in Tarifa is a unique opportunity to view productions from this continent which are not very easily accessible. The number of spectators at this event normally rises above 15,000 and it can be said to be one of the most renowned events out of all the cinema festivals.

Going back to the relationship between the town and the sea, Tarifa is also a perfect location for you to take a boat trip due to it's strategic position between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Sailing on the Andalusian coast towards the Costa del Sol or on the Costa de la Luz towards the Algarve is exciting. The only problem is the strong currents on the Strait require the captain to be well prepared. To solve this problem you can reserve a boat that has a captain.

If you prefer a short trip, there are a lot of offers for whale watching trips. Unless there is a strong wind these trips go daily. They leave from the port on a boat which will show you the most precious treasures of the Strait which are not easy to see from land. On the trip you will catch sight of whales and dolphins.

On the other hand, Tarifa is not far from other important cities in Andalusia that are worth a visit if you have not been before. Amongst these cities are Ronda, Cadiz, Malaga and Seville.

Here we have shown you some possible leisure activities, but these are not all of the activities offered. Let yourself be taken by the southern air and you can find a thousand attractions for you to enjoy yourself.

The diversity of things that you can do in a small city such as Tarifa make for an unforgettable experience.

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  • Foundation to protect, research and inform about whales & dolphins

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