Contemporary Tarifa Lifestyle began when a lone (anonymous) surfer, who, while driving towards Cadiz, Andalucia Spain,
observed an area where there were great waves. He parked his van and got out.
Returning home, he told a few adventurous friends.
They came to Spain/Andalucia - to verify that story.
Tarifan Sea breezes were terrific, rolling waves swept towards the shoreline. It was a Perfect Place for Surfing.
Their presence and that of other like-minded individuals, laid the cornerstone to the modern-day, eclectic, surfing Tarifa community. Hotel Hurricane and Hotel Dos Mares are veteran examples of Tarifa's earliest hardworking new residents.
The First Glimpse of the Amazing White Tarifan Beaches
Can You See the Windmills Dotted on the Skyline?
That Wonderful Summer Adventure Atmosphere
The minute you open the car door, in-and-around the Tarifa area, you instantly absorb the unmistakeable buzz of an excellent holiday area.
Tarifa is a small town with a resident community of less than 18,000 which peaks to over 100,000 international and national visitors during the summer. Geographically, it is the southernmost point of Europe.
Click here for a Map of the Cadiz Province
All Walks of Life are Attracted to Tarifa
- Affluent Northern Europeans and Spaniards
- Surfers and Kite surfers
- Bikers, Quad-bikers and Cyclists
- There's a Vibrant Scene for the Artistic-Minded
- New Age-ers (ushering-in ecology, massage, yoga, exercise...)
These, are but a few, who contribute to the convivial, exciting Tarifan vibes.
Click here for more Andalucian Geography images
Those Unforgettable Sun-Sets
Night-life here is incomparable: Traditional Jazz – Dance to Soul, Mainstream Pop, Rap or Break. Hundreds of small bars and tapas bars, in and around Tarifa, will immediately make you feel welcome.
Tarifa quite often appears ultra modern: at least - on the web. Not many years ago, Contemporary Tarifas's mesmerizing wind farms weren't there.
Everywhere Windmills in Tarifa
However, Tarifa has a fascinating history...
If anyone could create and maintain a Whopper
(in Ancient Times), it was the Phoenicians.
The mythical Pillars of Hercules are in the Straits of Gibraltar.
They are some rather ominous looking headlands – either on two different continents - one in Gibraltar (Europe) and one in Ceuta (Africa).
View of Monte Hacho (far-left), and Ceuta from del Tolmo inlet
The Pillars of Hercules symbolically represented 'gates' of the Known World versus the Unknown. Their location is where the Mediterranean Sea converges with the Atlantic Ocean.
If you wanted to keep a secret safe from preying (Grecian - or otherwise) eyes. The Pillars of Hercules served - as an ideal spot - for some imaginative fiction. See this page: Tarifa History
Regardless, that it was a fabricated story - even the Phoenicians, ventured into the Atlantic, though wary and respectful of that vast, mysterious stretch of water: they stayed close to the shoreline at all times.
BUT what would they say, if they saw what happened nowadays, in Today's Tarifa?
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The above notes were taken from "Revista Todo Tarifa" October 2008-January 2009 edition, Year 4/No. 12
The Original Entrepreneurs of Tarifa:
Kitesurfing, Xtreme, Wet