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Tarifa is the world's most popular place for windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing... basically any sport that involves the wind. This is because it is Europes most southern point where the Mediterranean sea meets the Atlantic Ocean and the "Levante" wind meets the "Poniente" wind. The long white beaches go on forever and if you drive along the coast you will find several amazing spots with white sand and dunes that meet with the town of Cadiz, this is all the area of Costa de la Luz, below you will find a list of these beaches.
The town is a lovely little unspoilt home to the Moorish castle of Guzman el bueno and fort overlooking the views to Morocco which is only a 45 minute boat trip away. The narrow cobbled streets, tumbling jasmine and beautiful wrought-iron rejas make the old town a charming place for a stroll. Of course the fish and seafood is absolutely amazing and very fresh. One of the most popular dishes is the blue-fined tuna that is served between March and June.
If you are not really one for wet and wild, then you might like to know this is Europe's leading area for whale watching.
Tarifa is sometimes credited with being the origin of the word "tariff", since it was the first port in history to charge merchants for the use of its docks, but other sources point to the Arabic word ta'rïf, as the origin. The name "Tarifa" itself is derived from the name of the Berber warrior, Tarif ibn Malik.
Tarifa features a Mediterranean climate with Oceanic influences, with warm summers, although night time can be slightly cooler, especially when it's very windy and very mild winters. Rain is concentrated in winter, with the summers being largely dry.
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