Tarifa is THE surf paradise of Europe.
When the Kitesurfing began to emerge a few years ago, Tarifa was the location that pioneered this new sport. It then spread it by it’s Windsurfing residents – who went on to be champions several of whom are still living here.
Tarifa’s beaches are world famous among the practitioners of windsurfing and kitesurfing for it’s privileged situation and consequent conditions.
In Tarifa the beach of Los Lances starts at Isla de las Palomas, where you’ll find a lot of surfers. Los Lances beach itself, is about 7km long consequently you need to reference it by North and South. South Los Lances is the part that is located within the town of Tarifa and and main swimming area where it is prohibited to either Wind-or Kitesurf in summer. Leaving Tarifa you’ll find Los Lances North, where you can practice windsurfing and kitesurfing throughout the year and where you’ll find a lot of Kite schools and several bars.
After about 7km from Tarifa Los Lances beach becomes Valdevaqueros a favorite amongst Kitesurfers also with several schools and beach bars. At the end of Valdevaqueros, about 10km from Tarifa, lies Punta Paloma – a beautiful cove with the infamous sand dune which begs on windless days a climb to it’s top.
About 15km from Tarifa is Bolonia beach. It can be easily reached by car, but you can walk along the shore via Punta Paloma if you’re good walker. Bolonia is one of the most popular beaches in Spain, backed by pine forests and another large sand dune, this one a declared a natural monument, but can be visited without problems.
Tarifa is mainly dominated by two winds: Levante and Poniente
The Levante coming from the east, is intensified through the Strait of Gibraltar. The Levante is hot and often quite strong and forceful.
The Poniente blows straight in from the Atlantic bringing good high waves. It’s a cooler wind, which is much appreciated in summer. This west wind is also usually less strong than the Levant and therefore more suitable for beginners of Windsurfing and Kitesurfing.
For all Wind-and Kitesurfers arriving by plane is advisable to rent a car so as to avail of the different wind conditions on the beaches. Also the car has a roof rack which facilitates the transport of your equipment. However if you’re with a school, this is sorted for you.