15 Things To Do in Tarifa

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Tarifa is a town in Cadiz, Andalucia located on the southernmost coast of Spain. The town has been a popular destination for wind sports. The total land area of Tarifa is 419.67 kilometers-squared with a population of 17,793 as of 2009. Tarifa is the word “Tariff” because it is the first port in the whole world to charge merchants for using its docks.

1. Visit Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia

Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia is one of the ancient Roman city at the end of 2nd century. The museum is free of admission and it is a really great idea to walk around the area and explore the amazing views this place has to offer. It is a Roman ruin at the side of the beach, just like an undiscovered gem.


  • Name: Archaeological Ensemble of Baelo Claudia
  • Address: Ensenada de Bolonia, s/n., 11380 Tarifa, Spain
  • Acess: 5 minutes away from Playa de Bolonia
  • Price: Free
  • Phone: 00 34 956106797
  • Opening hours: Ruins is open 24 hours
  • Website: www.juntadeandalucia.es/cultura/museos/CABC

2. Do some windsurfing, surfing and kitesurfing

Windsports are quiet popular in the town. Tourists and even locals have been flocking to town just to these activities. You might want to try what they are being busy of. If it is popular then surely there is something magnificent about doing wind sports in the area. Make sure to book your gear rentals and instructors ahead of time as it can be fully-booked easily.

3. Visit the church of San Mateo

The church of San Mateo has been the prettiest landmark you will ever see in town. The ancient architecture, the exterior and interior design are really magnificent. Visiting churches might be the last thing on your mind as you go on vacation but visiting this church will surely be worth it.

4. Taste the local dishes

While you are already in town, why waste the time and effort by buying ready to eat food when you can taste the best of Tarifa? Try some magnificent restaurants for you to be able to judge how good the food in Tarifa is. The best ones are Cafe Azul, Bar El Frances, La Casona, La Burla, Restaurant El Lobo, Chilimosa Vegetarian Food, Bar El Ancla, Sure, Lola, Restaurante La Pescaderia, Asador El Caseron and Mandragora.

5. Experience dolphin and whale watching

There are a lot of things you can do in Tarifa but if you want a more extraordinary way of enjoying the beach, then a dolphin and whale watching would sound perfectly fun especially for the little ones. Seeing the sea creatures in real life in their natural habitat is surely a privilege and you will get to that exclusively in Tarifa.

6. Book some private tours

If you don’t like travelling and having to worry about the organising stuff like transportation, time, accommodation and meals then leave it to the experts and book a private tour. They will be the one to organise everything for you and you will also get to choose which activities and landmarks you want to experience and see. All that is left for you to do then is to enjoy your travel worry-free.

7. Experience kayaking and canoeing

Since wind sports are popular in Tarifa, all of the other things that you can possibly do on the beach are also popular, just like kayaking and canoeing. If you are not into the moderate sports then this one is simply calming and relaxing than surfing and all of the other sports. It is the same fun but less hassle.

8. Book some brewery tour

If you are curious about how beers are made, then book the tours that are available in Tarifa. Usually, you will see a beer bike running around the city. Just give it a try, ride the bike and they will be able to tour you around some brewery places as well as the other landmarks in Tarifa so it is just like hitting two birds with one stone.

9. Experience nightlife

Enjoy every minute of your stay in Tarifa by staying wide awake at night and experiencing the nightlife. It is a sure way of having additional fun while on vacation, you just don’t get to meet locals but other tourists as well. The best clubs around Tarifa are Arte Vida, Bar Taco Way, El Callejon de Tarifa, La Tribu – Surf Bar, Tejota Pub, and Bar Bendito Tarifa.

10. Book some adrenaline and extreme activities

If you are craving for that adrenaline rush and would like to have some edge while on vacation then Tarifa is the place to be. There are a lot of agencies that provide these kinds of sports. You can do skydiving, canyoning and so much more. They should be able to organise everything including the information and the gears that you need.

11. Do some submarine tour

Experience what it’s like to be living underwater by seeing it live. This is a great activity for families with little kids as well. There are tours available along the beaches of Tarifa. It is a sure way of having more fun. Don’t be scared the fishes won’t be able to hurt you since you will be in a submarine. Sounds really exciting.

12. Visit Isla de Las Palomas

Since you are already in Tarifa, why not visit one of the famous islands around like Isla de Las Palomas? You will get to walk to the island seeing two different oceans at the same time which is the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic. But please be aware that this place is a breeding ground for seagulls so expect to see more of them when you visit.

13. Visit Castillo de Guzman el Bueno

Castillo de Guzman el Bueno is an ancient architecture specifically a castle. As you visit you will surely feel like a person living from the past. They preserved the architecture to make it look like how it was before. Just wander around and feel the environment and don’t forget to take good snaps for remembrance.


14. Experience horseback riding tours

Get away from the busy city, go to the country and experience horseback riding tours as you get to appreciate the nature around Tarifa. There is some ranch around town that offers this service making your visit in Tarifa much more memorable and worthy. Aventuras del Sur and Hurricane Hipica – Day Tours offers this service even at the side of the beach.

15. Relax in some spas

Spend your last day in Tarifa getting away from the stress caused by the frequent travelling and busy days enjoying the town by relaxing on some spas around town or even getting a Roman bath. You should see some spas around the city as you wander around. Don’t forget to pamper yourself before you travel again.

Have a good trip and travel!