Tarifa is a unique town in the Cadiz province of Andalusia, Spain. The Old Town is a walled mediaeval maze, full of tapas bars, restaurants and surf bars and is the centre of attraction for things to do in Tarifa. The new town has grown outside the walls and provides most of the essential services such as banks, supermarkets and kite schools.
Tarifa’s geographic location on the southernmost point of Europe at the entry to the Straits of Gibraltar made it an important trading post for centuries. The first town to charge ships for the use of its docks, it is thought to be the origin of the word ‘tariff’.
This geographic location means Tarifa enjoys unique weather conditions. It experiences unusually consistent and strong winds due to the Venturi effect created by the Strait of Gibraltar and its climate is warm all year round due to its southerly location.
These weather conditions and the miles of unbroken white sand beach at Los Lances, Valdevaqueros and Punta Paloma mean that today Tarifa is famous as a mecca for water sports, and in particular as the unofficial world capital of kitesurfing. The near-constant wind and sun combined with miles of sandy beaches combine to create the ideal spot for our wonderful sport.