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Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa offers windsurfing holidays and kitesurf holidays in Spain with choice of budget and luxury hotels with centres directly on the spot. Tarifa is known as the windy capital of Europe with year round windsurfing and kitesurfing. Resting on the southern tip of Spain, jutting into the Straits of Gibraltar that separate Spain and Morocco, sits the picturesque town of Tarifa, the famous "Capital City of Wind". Tarifa stands on the exposed eastern cusp of an open bay of white sand, a remarkable 11 kms in length. With the wide choice of flights, airports and shorter travelling times, make this venue suitable for long weekend trips as well as longer stays. Tarifa is suitable for a lively beach holiday. If you like it busy and buzzing come in the summer months.

Sailing Spot & Conditions
Valdevaqueros Beach is our recommended windsurfing and kitesurfing area in Tarifa. Located on a curved, sandy bay 10 minutes outside of Tarifa town centre. Flanked by dunes as it opens out to a vast expanse of water. Ideal for intermediate and above windsurfers and kitesurfers, it can get very busy on the water in the height of the summer. However, in less strong winds the sheltered bays at Las Dunas provide more suitable learning conditions for beginners. In summer, the sea is generally flat inshore, with windchop further out with a few rocky patches and a strong current being the only hazard. During summer the dominating wind is the ‘Levante' blowing from the east. In autumn and spring it is the ‘Poniente' blowing from the west when the shorebreak can be stronger. Bigger waves up to 2m can be found in autumn and winter. Due to the jet effect in the Straits the prevailing winds get additional force and acceleration, reaching Force 8 on top days making Tarifa one of the best spots in Europe.

Culture & Activities
There is a range of hotels minutes from the spot with excellent restaurants, pools, spas and choice of other activities such as cycling, horse riding and trekking. Book early though as rooms go quickly for the summer season. Around Tarifa there are many preserved Andalusian 'white villages',where you can experience local festivals, displays of Flamenco and Sevillana dancing.  Tarifa itself is a collection of Moorish buildings and cobbled streets with shops, restaurants, bars and clubs open late into the night. The town is a mecca for windsurfers and particular kitesurfers with many shops selling the latest kit and accessories giving a surfy vibe. From Tarifa you can easily tour the area in a hire car and visit Seville, Jerez, Cadiz and Rhoda. Gibraltar and the famous monkeys of this British enclave  with it's own M&S! You can take a boat trip from Tarifa to see the dophin and whale watching or catch a ferry over to Morocco with a day's excursion to visit Tangiers and the souk markets.

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Sailing Conditions

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Great Reasons to go to Tarifa, Spain

Best Time:  April-September.
Launch: Sandy beach with some
rocks exposed at times.
Wind Direction: Generally
'Levante' cross onshore from left. 'Poniente' cross onshore from right.
Wind Type: Strong cyclonic winds.
Shorebreak: Moderate - strong if poniente/ Sirocco blows.
Water Conditions: At hurricane
windchop through to half mast high waves. Softer conditions at Valdevqueros.
Suitability: Intermediate & above. Beginners at Las Dunas in low wind.
  • The windy capital of Europe.
  • Kitesurfing, Surfing, Windsurfing available.
  • Multi sport options - cycling, hiking and horse riding.
  • Amazing culture.
  • Very short flight from UK to Malaga, Gibraltor or Jerez.
  • Most popular board size
  • Most popular sail size

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