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What to do in Tarifa
when there is no wind?

Tarifa is well known as the Adventure Capital Of Europe. You can find more than forty different activities when the weather does not allow you to practice your favorite watersport.

What to do in Tarifa
when there is no wind?

Tarifa is well known as the Adventure Capital Of Europe. You can find more than forty different activities when the weather does not allow you to practice your favorite watersport.

No wind in Tarifa what to do

Tarifa is a meeting point, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Here the wind is blowing all year round and attracts Wind Lovers from all over the world. Kitesurfers and windsurfers are enjoying perfect weather conditions in Tarifa. Nevertheless, mother nature can be surprising and cancel the wind. Find out below some suggestions, what to do in Tarifa when it’s not windy!

Discover the Andalusian culture by exploring the remains of Spanish history. Take advantage of a sunny day and get lost in the narrow streets of the old town, visit Guzman castle to learn more about local history… Exceed your limits on Beti’s cliff and harmonize your body and mind on a yoga practice… Let off steam on a mountain bike downhill and escape on a magnificiant tour in the natural parks… Looking for more exciting lifetime memories then visit Tanger!

Activities to do in Tarifa when no wind

Tarifa is a meeting point, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Here the wind is blowing all year round and attracts Wind Lovers from all over the world. Kitesurfers and windsurfers are enjoying perfect weather conditions in Tarifa. Nevertheless, mother nature can be surprising and cancel the wind. Find out below some suggestions, what to do in Tarifa when it’s not windy!

Discover the Andalusian culture by exploring the remains of Spanish history. Take advantage of a sunny day and get lost in the narrow streets of the old town, visit Guzman castle to learn more about local history… Exceed your limits on Beti’s cliff and harmonize your body and mind on a yoga practice… Let off steam on a mountain bike downhill and escape on a magnificiant tour in the natural parks… Looking for more exciting lifetime memories then visit Tanger!

Adrenaline & Adventure Activities.

Rock climbing betis

Rock Climbing Betis. 40€

Few kilometers North of Tarifa (15min by car) explore the climbing routes located over 300m above sea level. Beti’s Mount separates Tarifa from Bolonia offering over 250 routes from ranging from 10m to 80m. The sandstone walls range from level 3c to 8a. El Escondida bar is where local’s alpinists meet. First ascent? Contact Chris from Girasol who will bring you through a safe initiation.

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Mountain Biking. 40€

After a climb with your guide or with the help of a GPS, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Strait of Gibraltar. Fill up your sensations with a downhill adapted to your level. Change your daily routine by discovering the region from a different perspective. More relaxed? Take advantage of eBike’s pedaling assistance and travel over 30km. Crazy, climbs won’t scare you!

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Mountain biking in Tarifa
Quad tour in the natural parks of Tarifa

Quad Tour. 45€

Bring out your inner Mad Max! Discover the most beautiful corners of Tarifa with friends. For a 1 hour itinerary, you will have plenty of time to lose yourself in the hills overlooking the Strait. Eric, a former motocross world champion, will teach you how to ride a quad safely.

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Adrenaline & Adventure Activities.

Rock climbing betis

Rock Climbing Betis. 40€

Few kilometers North of Tarifa (15min by car) explore the climbing routes located over 300m above sea level. Beti’s Mount separates Tarifa from Bolonia offering over 250 routes from ranging from 10m to 80m. The sandstone walls range from level 3c to 8a. El Escondida bar is where local’s alpinists meet. First ascent? Contact Chris from Girasol who will bring you through a safe initiation.

Mountain biking in Tarifa

Mountain Biking. 40€

After a climb with your guide or with the help of a GPS, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Strait of Gibraltar. Fill up your sensations with a downhill adapted to your level. Change your daily routine by discovering the region from a different perspective. More relaxed? Take advantage of eBike’s pedaling assistance and travel over 30km. Crazy, climbs won’t scare you!

Quad tour in the natural parks of Tarifa

Quad Tour. 45€

Bring out your inner Mad Max! Discover the most beautiful corners of Tarifa with friends. For a 1 hour itinerary, you will have plenty of time to lose yourself in the hills overlooking the Strait. Eric, a former motocross world champion, will teach you how to ride a quad safely.

Watersports activities

Stand Up Paddle Tarifa

Stand Up Paddle. 25€/h

Stand Up Paddle is the flagship activity when there is no wind, for strolling along the coast. Set off on the Atlantic coast, along the beach of Valdevaqueros, towards the natural swimming pools and end in a cove with a clay mask freshly prepared on site. Get in touch with us.

Diving & Snorkeling. ≈30-95€

For scuba diving lovers, the Detroit is a natural swimming pools with crystal clear waters and botanical gardens. The fauna and flora of the region of Cadiz contains multiple natural species. Indeed, this is where strong currents connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Go on a discovery baptism or without the bottles for a snorkeling trip.

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Scuba Diving Tarifa
Surging in Balneario Tarifa

Surfing. 20-30€

The best surfing months are between September and May. Surf in Tarifa at Balneario or Arte Vida or you can choose to go on a day trip to El Palmar which is the most famous surfing spot of the region. Generally, waves come in less often in Tarifa than in El Palmar due to their orientation, but when they come in, they are great. Get in touch.

Watersports activities

Stand Up Paddle Tarifa

Stand Up Paddle. 25€/h

Stand Up Paddle is the flagship activity when there is no wind, for strolling along the coast. Set off on the Atlantic coast, along the beach of Valdevaqueros, towards the natural swimming pools and end in a cove with a clay mask freshly prepared on site. Get in touch with us.

Scuba Diving Tarifa

Diving & Snorkeling. ≈30-95€

For scuba diving lovers, the Detroit is a natural swimming pools with crystal clear waters and botanical gardens. The fauna and flora of the region of Cadiz contains multiple natural species. Indeed, this is where strong currents connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Go on a discovery baptism or without the bottles for a snorkeling trip.

Surging in Balneario Tarifa

Surfing. 20-30€

The best surfing months are between September and May. Surf in Tarifa at Balneario or Arte Vida or you can choose to go on a day trip to El Palmar which is the most famous surfing spot of the region. Generally, waves come in less often in Tarifa than in El Palmar due to their orientation, but when they come in, they are great. Get in touch.

Explore the surroundings

Hiking and trekking in Tarifa

Hiking - Trekking. Free

Naturals parks, beaches, mountains, follow your way through endless variants. Waterfalls, lake and migratory birds… the local flora and fauna are among the richest in Europe. Our partner Chris, from Girasol, will show you the charm of this region, breathtaking guaranteed! Get an idea of the routes below.

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Horse Riding. ≈ 50€

Galloping on horseback at blazing sunset or overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar has always been your dream? It is within hoof’s range! Our partner in Tarifa offers various excursions, on the beach, on the mountains or even in the pine forest. Make your dream come true with Dos Mares.

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Horse riding on the beach of Tarifa
Whales Watching Tarifa Turmares

Whales Watching. ≈ 30-50€

Whales and dolphins watching in Atlantic waters remains a top attraction. Go on a tour with Turmares Tarifa and do a good deed. This company also aims to protect cetaceans. In addition to providing you with magical moments, they collect valuable data for studies on marine animals.

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Natural Pools. Free

Discover what is hidden behind Tarifa’s beaches. Go deep and discover such fantastic places going in the direction of Punta Paloma. Just after the Mirlo restaurant, find a small pedestrian way on your left side. Follow the way till the next bay where you could enjoy crystaline water and natural pools in low tides.

Punta Paloma & Bolonia natural pools

Explore the surroundings

Hiking and trekking in Tarifa

Hiking - Trekking. Free

Naturals parks, beaches, mountains, follow your way through endless variants. Waterfalls, lake and migratory birds… the local flora and fauna are among the richest in Europe. Our partner Chris, from Girasol, will show you the charm of this region, breathtaking guaranteed! Get an idea of the routes below.

Horse riding on the beach of Tarifa

Horse Riding. ≈ 50€

Galloping on horseback at blazing sunset or overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar has always been your dream? It is within hoof’s range! Our partner in Tarifa offers various excursions, on the beach, on the mountains or even in the pine forest. Make your dream come true with Dos Mares.

Whales Watching Tarifa Turmares

Whales Watching. ≈ 30-50€

Whales and dolphins watching in Atlantic waters remains a top attraction. Go on a tour with Turmares Tarifa and do a good deed. This company also aims to protect cetaceans. In addition to providing you with magical moments, they collect valuable data for studies on marine animals.

Punta Paloma & Bolonia natural pools

Natural Pools. Free

Discover what is hidden behind Tarifa’s beaches. Go deep and discover such fantastic places going in the direction of Punta Paloma. Just after the Mirlo restaurant, find a small pedestrian way on your left side. Follow the way till the next bay where you could enjoy crystaline water and natural pools in low tides.

Wellness Activities.

Yoga and Pilates class at Hurricane Gym Tarifa

Yoga & Pilates. 15€

The practice of yoga increases physicals and mental performances such as concentration, breath, resistance, balance, and flexibility. Our favorite place in Tarifa is Hurricane’s Studio along the beach. Other facilities are available on request. Massage (60 EUR), sauna (10 EUR), and jacuzzi (10 EUR), all of that overlooking the ocean.

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Spa & Massage.

Located near the pier, Residencia Tarifa offers different massages and wellness options. Enjoy spa access (from 45€) whether or not a relaxing massage. Ice fountain, aromatic showers, hydromassages or even more classic ones such as jacuzzi and sauna. Invigorate your body in a soft and benevolent atmosphere.

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Spa and Massage at the Residencia Tarifa

Wellness Activities.

Yoga and Pilates class at Hurricane Gym Tarifa

Yoga & Pilates. 15€

The practice of yoga increases physicals and mental performances such as concentration, breath, resistance, balance, and flexibility. Our favorite place in Tarifa is Hurricane’s Studio along the beach. Other facilities are available on request. Massage (60 EUR), sauna (10 EUR), and jacuzzi (10 EUR), all of that overlooking the ocean.

Spa and Massage at the Residencia Tarifa

Spa & Massage.

Located near the pier, Residencia Tarifa offers different massages and wellness options. Enjoy spa access (from 45€) whether or not a relaxing massage. Ice fountain, aromatic showers, hydromassages or even more classic ones such as jacuzzi and sauna. Invigorate your body in a soft and benevolent atmosphere.

Tarifa Local History

Guzman Castle in Tarifa

Guzman’s Castle. 4€

Enthroned in the city since 960, it is one of the best-preserved castle of Andalusia. El Castillo de Guzman El Bueno has been built during the 10th century, the Fortress of Tarifa has crossed ages and wars, sitting on its rock. It is in permanent restoration to ensure its conservation. On sunny days, enjoy the panoramic view of the Nothern point of Africa.

Mirador El Estrescho. Free

6km away from Tarifa center, discover the Mirador at 300m above sea level, offering a clear view of the strait of Gibraltar and the African coasts.
During clear days, you can see Ceuta. They are free parking along the road, but it might be quickly full during the high season. Sunrise oversea is splendid!

View point from El Estrecho
Puerta de Jerez Tarifa

Puerta De Jerez. Free

Puerta de Jerez is the most emblematic monument in Tarifa. Go through and get lost in the maze of the streets between traditional whitewashed houses. It’s a nice walking tour where you can stop for a brunch or a drink before going back on your journey.

Baelo Claudia. Free

Set off towards Bolonia to admire the famous architectural remains of the ancient Roman city. Between sea and mountains, you will observe the forum, the Roman theater, the market, the thermal baths, the salting workshops in a natural and magnificent environment.

The roman city in Bolonia

Tarifa Local History

Guzman Castle in Tarifa

Guzman’s Castle. 4€

Enthroned in the city since 960, it is one of the best-preserved castle of Andalusia. El Castillo de Guzman El Bueno has been built during the 10th century, the Fortress of Tarifa has crossed ages and wars, sitting on its rock. It is in permanent restoration to ensure its conservation. On sunny days, enjoy the panoramic view of the Nothern point of Africa.

View point from El Estrecho

Mirador El Estrescho. Free

6km away from Tarifa center, discover the Mirador at 300m above sea level, offering a clear view of the strait of Gibraltar and the African coasts. During clear days, you can see Ceuta. They are free parking along the road, but it might be quickly full during the high season. Sunrise oversea is splendid!

Puerta de Jerez Tarifa

Puerta De Jerez. Free

Puerta de Jerez is the most emblematic monument in Tarifa. Go through and get lost in the maze of the streets between traditional whitewashed houses. It’s a nice walking tour where you can stop for a brunch or a drink before going back on your journey.

The roman city in Bolonia

Baelo Claudia. Free

Set off towards Bolonia to admire the famous architectural remains of the ancient Roman city. Between sea and mountains, you will observe the forum, the Roman theater, the market, the thermal baths, the salting workshops in a natural and magnificent environment.

Escape in Tangier. ≈ 80€

Day trip in Tangier

Add some spices to your trip by taking the ferry from Tarifa pier to Tangier. Get away for a day to taste the Moroccan flavors, experience the varied colors of Tangier’s market and taste the local pastries with a fresh mint tea. Bargaining in the souk isn’t always as simple as it seems, be good negotiators!

Perdicaris Park and Cap Spartel are essential places to walk around, play a sport, or just sit back and relax. With 360 degrees view on the Atlantic Ocean, these naturals places are true heaven of peace. Without forgetting Hafa café, a mystical place of the city installed on Tangier’s cliffs.

Lighthouse in Tangier Cap Spartel

Two companies organize mainly daily trips. Please double-check on Inter Shipping and FRS for schedules and online booking. Don’t forget your passport and your watch! You will arrive in Africa, beware with jet lag!

Escape in Tangier. ≈ 80€

Day trip in Tangier

Add some spices to your trip by taking the ferry from Tarifa pier to Tangier. Get away for a day to taste the Moroccan flavors, experience the varied colors of Tangier’s market and taste the local pastries with a fresh mint tea. Bargaining in the souk isn’t always as simple as it seems, be good negotiators!

Lighthouse in Tangier Cap Spartel

Perdicaris Park and Cap Spartel are essential places to walk around, play a sport, or just sit back and relax. With 360 degrees view on the Atlantic Ocean, these naturals places are true heaven of peace. Without forgetting Hafa café, a mystical place of the city installed on Tangier’s cliffs.

Two companies organize mainly daily trips. Please double-check on Inter Shipping and FRS for schedules and online booking. Don’t forget your passport and your watch! You will arrive in Africa, beware with jet lag!

Beach Clean Up.

Beach Clean Up in Tarifa

A beach clean up is an initiative you can get involved with on your trip in Tarifa when there isn’t wind to practice kitesurfing. As nature and ocean lovers, we organise regularly some beach clean ups during the season, feel free to get in touch to join the movement.

Will Tarifa be your next kitesurfing trip?

There is always something to do in Tarifa when there is no wind.

FRT

After years of travelling the globe and kitesurfing along all the best coasts, I've decided it was time to settle down and share my knowledge. Sports teacher since more than 10 years, share my passion for sport activities is natural.

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