Tarifa sits on the southern tip of Spain and stretches out into the Straits of Gibraltar. Known as the ‘capital city of wind’ the Moorish town offers conditions to suit all abilities of windsurfer. Tarifa is perfectly situated to allow short weekends or long trips depending on your time scale.
Riding on offer
Las Dunas is the best place for beginners and improvers with Valdevaqueros being more suited to higher level sailors – although this is subject to conditions. The direction of the wind means that an initial spot check will need to be done before launching, although if you are receiving coaching then this decision will be made for you.
The wind funnels between the two landmasses of Africa and Spain and this accelerating effect can push the strength up to force 8+ quite regularly. The Levante blows out of the Med and gives flatter conditions while the Poniente puffs in from the Atlantic side giving choppier/wavier riding. The breeze is usually at its strongest in the afternoons.
Fly direct from many regions of the UK into Gibraltar (approx. 22 miles away), Jerez (approx. 80 miles away) or Malaga (approx. 80 miles away). Car hire is then cheap and easy to organise or book yourself a transfer through your tour company.
A variety of accommodation options are available
Windsurf Centre Tarifa 1 is right on the beach in front of the Rancho Valdevaqueros Hotel and specialises in windsurfing. This is the main centre and is within easy reach of all the main hotels and accommodation. Full rental, rescue, tuition, bar and restaurant facilities are on offer here. Windsurf Centre Tarifa 2 is also an option and is located in front of the Hurricane Hotel.
Flat day fun
The wind in Tarifa is extremely consistent and you would be unlucky to get completely skunked. If the breeze is playing games then there is always the opportunity to go whale watching, diving, biking, climbing or walking. You could also visit Morocco which isa 35 minute ferry ride away, head intoone of Europe’s oldest cities – Cadiz– or check out the local sherry in one of the bodegas of Jerez de la Fontera. And finally Seville is only 2.5 hours away and famous for its Flamenco.