Welcome to Tarifa
The province of Tarifa is in fashion. The fact that for years it has remained away from the mass tourism that has affected other parts of the Andalusian coast, has facilitated the growth of a quality tourism and respectful of its natural environment.
This is not surprising, since Tarifa has all the attractions that a first class tourist destination requires: miles of clear water beaches and fine golden sand framed by pine forests and endless dunes; a mountain range that has been declared a Biosphere Reserve as well as a territory that participates in five other natural parks and various sites; A unique gastronomy that is nourished both by the sea and the mountains, with high quality wines attached to the Denomination of Origin Jerez-Xeres-Sherry, Manzanilla de Sanlúcar and Vinagre de Jerez; festivals of strong personality and international tourist interest; monumental cities and customs and traditions, such as flamenco, which in many cases have the province of Cadiz as their birthplace.
As if all this were not enough, Tarifa enjoys more than 3,000 hours of light a year and mild temperatures that allow you to take advantage of this unbeatable setting, in addition to its good people who, with their warmth, make everyone who arrives feel at home. Come to Tarifa. Get to know us.
Tarifa, province between two seas
Located in the southernmost tip of Europe, in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, it has natural limits, bordering the Strait of Gibraltar and North Africa to the south, and is bathed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
The monumentality and artistic wealth of ancient cities and manor houses like Tarifa is but the faithful reflection of its extensive historical evolution. And its vast cultural offer shows the art that can be breathed in this land of great artists.
It enjoys a temperate climate, with an average annual temperature of 18ºC and enjoys 3,100 hours of sunlight per year.
Coast of Tarifa
In its 260 km of coast you can find from virgin sands to urban beaches with optimal infrastructures and small coves or dunes that open up along several kilometers; and all of them bathed by transparent waters and surrounded by golden and fine sands.
In 711, Tarik’s troops landed in the Bay of Algeciras and after defeating King Don Rodrigo in the Battle of Guadalete, they began the conquest of the Peninsula, founding Algeciras, Rota and Tarifa. It was not until the middle of the 13th century that the Christian King Alfonso X the Wise succeeded in taking most of the province from the Arabs. The last cities would not be recovered until the capture of Granada in 1492.
During these centuries the Cadiz landscape was populated by walled enclosures, towers and fortresses that can still be admired today on rocky spurs such as Zahara de la Sierra, Olvera, Castellar de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera and Espera or scattered along the coast as in Tarifa, Chiclana, Rota, Alcalá de los Gazules, and Sanlúcar, among many others. Jerez de la Frontera has the valuable Alcazar complex with the Mosque and the Arab Baths.
To the Muslims also owes the prevailing urban layout in almost all the municipalities, with tortuous and labyrinthine streets that adapt to the terrain, whitewashed facades, abundant arches and courtyards full of flowers.
Slash of the figures
Located in Benalup-Casas Viejas, in the region of La Janda, in this natural shelter have been found cave paintings that place it at the head of Western schematic art of the late Neolithic. In this cave you can see representations of birds, quadrupeds and anthropomorphs.
Nestled in the Bologna cove, the Sierras de la Plata and San Bartolomé form an arch that leaves it almost enclosed between mountains and open to the sea, its best way of communicating with the outside world. It was born at the end of the 2nd century B.C., and soon became a city of certain strength within the framework of Roman Betica. In the first century A.D. the city reached its peak. Its economy revolved around the industrialisation and marketing of salted fish and sauces derived from it (garum). You can see the remains of the walls, roads, houses, fish salting facilities, the basilica and the forum (a large square of 33 m. side) which is the only one of its kind in Andalusia, both for the conservation of its pavement, and for being completely open.
Battle of Trafalgar
In front of the waters of the Trafalgar Lighthouse, in the municipality of Barbate, the historic Battle of Trafalgar was fought between the Spanish and French fleets against Admiral Nelson’s English fleet in 1805. This battle was marked as the beginning of Spain’s decline, from which it was unable to defend its overseas interests. And finally, the period of Britain’s maritime domination begins well into the 20th century, only challenged by Germany during the First World War.