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San Fernando










Ten kilometers of white sandy beaches, unspoiled nature and some of the best kite and windsurf conditions. Here we find a true surf paradise.
In the historic center of Tarifa it is a jumble of streets, squares with terraces, restaurants and many small shops. The presence of the surfers has ensured that the offer is adapted to that specific lifestyle and so for instance there are many vegetarian restaurants.

Only 11 km between Africa and Tarifa at the narrowest point, this southernmost point of Europe, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean, has a spectacular view of the Rif Mountains of Africa across the water.
The wild coastline of Tarifa attracts both surfers and nature lovers. Just as famous for spotting birds as for surfing through the ever-present strong winds, there are endless opportunities to explore the rolling countryside. Horse riding, kite-surfing, windsurfing, whale watching, mountain climbing and diving to name but a few.

There are a number of excellent hotels, both in the city center and along the beaches in the north and south of the city, plenty of choice for every budget.
The narrow streets with cobblestones, the jasmine and the beautiful wrought iron fences make the old part of Tarifa a nice place to take a walk. Much of what we see now was built in the 18th century.

This small fishing village was the first point of the Moorish invasion of southern Spain in 711 when the Berber chief; Tarif Ibn Maelik, came ashore from Ceuta, accompanied by four boats with 400 foot soldiers and 100 horsemen. In 1292, Sancho El Bravo recaptured this Iberian corner. In 1295 Guzman El Bueno defended the city against the re-invading Moors. According to the local legend, the Moors captured his son and threatened to kill him if Guzman did not surrender the city. He refused and threw his sword from the castle tower, unfortunately the Moors kept their word and killed the son with the sword of his father.
Local fishermen still use the Almadraba method to fish for tuna. With a circle of boats and nets, a method that has not changed since the Phoenician era 2000 years ago. The fishing season for bluefin tuna starts at the end of March and lasts for about three months.

Tarifa has origins dating back to prehistory, as evidenced by cave paintings, dolmens, stone weapons and other objects found from later periods. The Romans have left the most traces in Tarifa, they have founded three cities, Iulia Ioza (now Tarifa), Mellaria (Casas de Porro) and Baelo Claudia (Bolonia).