Visiting the end of Spain
Tarifa Travel Blog› entry 12 of 47 › view all entries
I was standing at the Frontier Point of Europe I had already decided that I had to visit the most southern point of Spain; Tarifa. It turned out to be some 45 km from the Frontier Point but it ended up to take the most of two hours to get there mainly because of the border control in to Spain again.
The road to Tarifa was real nice especially the last 10-15 km where I was driving along the coastline going up and down some small mountains. The nature here was really beautiful and there was a clear view towards Africa the most of the way. At one point there was a little cafe and a parking lot where there was a great view from. I stopped there and rested my eyes on Africa for about 15 min before I went in to the city centre of Tarifa.
Tarifa was much more touristic than I had anticipated but it was due to the fact that there was a really nice beach almost surrounds the entire city except for their harbour, where you could take the ferry to Tanger. The city had many nice old houses and a couple of fortresses overlooking the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. There were also two long streets that hosted all the bars and restaurants and I was very tempted to stay there but I chose to drive further before I made a real stop.
The city had also surfing shops everywhere; before I entered the city I had no idea that this was some of the best surfing waters in Europe but it made sense with the wind that swept on the coastline all the time. Tarifa was also known for being a place where hundreds of poor Africans were found drowned on the beach every year having looked for their future in Europe and being exploited by people sending them over these dangerous waters in too small and unsafe boats. In a corner on the city cemetery there is a space dedicated to these poor lost souls.