WHAT TO SEE: IN AND AROUND TARIFA
Tarifa is the southernmost point of Continental Europe, located at the narrowest spot of the 'estrecho' (Strait of Gibraltar), a mere 14 km away from the North African shoreline. On a day with favourable winds one can see the Moroccan coast very clearly. The "Punta de las Palomas" , connected to the city by a dike, is the 'official' dividing line between the Mediterranian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. With a shoreline of 37,8 km Tarifa has the longest stretch of beaches of the entire province.
Not far away from the never-ending sandy beaches and shallow waters around Tarifa you hit the mountains and sierras of the hinterland, with their excellent opportunities for biking, hiking or birdwatching (eagles, vultures, storks and many more).
A good start to your trip is the foot of Jerez Door, which is the only preserved door among four it used to have. The door provides access to the inside of the walled fortress of the Moorish Alcazaba, reformed by Castilians in the 14th century. We recommend taking a detour through the typical narrow streets of this town to see classic Andalusian houses and end up at Guzmán el Bueno Castle, built in 960 A.D. by order of caliph Abd-ar-Rahman II. Later on, Christians added the Homage Tower in the 14th century, reformed in the 17th century to introduce artillery in its walls. Next to this castle you will find St. Mary Church, built in Gothic style in the 13th century upon a Mosque. We would also like to highlight the importance of the image of the Inmaculada from the 16th century.
It is worth going up to the Walls and to walk through them. Also, Miramar Viewpoint offers a panoramic costal view, including Las Palomas Island, the southernmost part of Spain, where you can see the point of entry of the Moorish explorers in 710 AD, an antecedent of their invasion.
Among the temples to visit in Tarifa we highlight St. Mathew Church (built in Gothic style but with a Renaissance style door and a Baroque style monumental façade) and St. Francisco Church (rebuilt in the 18th century in a Neoclassical style), which holds the image of Christ Distress (16th century).
A walk through the port allows you to imagine the transportation and fishing labors that help Tarifa’s economy thrive, apart from tourism. Fishing boats from this area provide a way to find with the best fish of the region.
Regarding beaches, we do recommend Los Lances and Punta Paloma because of their clean water and sand.