Tarifa is known for its windy weather, which attracts many kite and wind surfers. But even if you are not so keen on jumping on a board, this windy town offers a lot of other cool things to do as well.
Walk around the old town
Like every other town in Andalusia, Tarifa has a charming old centre which is brimming with cute court yards, winding alleys and traces of Moorish architecture. Visit the cathedral, climb the old castle walls, sip sangria at one of the cafes along the Calle Sanchi IV or browse the quirky boutiques dotted around town.
Step back in Time at Baelo Claudia
History buffs will love walking around the remnants of this ancient Roman town which is located just outside the village of Bolonia. It reveled in prosperity due to its fishing industry, but fell into decline after a couple of earthquakes shook things up for its villagers. These days it's an interesting place to wander around and learn about daily life during Roman times.
Visit Duna de Bolonia
We drove through here on our way to Baelo Claudia and it was like driving through a desert. I guess the wind is so powerful in this bay that it pushes up sand and dumps it onto one big pile, making it look like a scene that wouldn't look out of place in Lawrence of Arabia. From here you can walk down across the dunes to the beach called Playa de Vaqueros where you'll find several beach bars popular among surfers as this piece of coast is great for catching waves apparently.
Pop across to Tangiers
If you're staying in Tarifa for a while, then it's worth hopping on a ferry and crossing the Med to Morocco. You'll find yourself in a completely different world out there. Head to the souk for some great Moroccan souvenirs, or enjoy some couscous or tagine at one of the many restaurants in the Medina or have some mint tea with your stunning sea views at author Paul Bowles' favourite hang out; Cafe Hafa.
Visit the town of Vejer de la Frontera
A little less of a track is the charming town of Vejer de la Frontera, a tranquil country town perched on top of a hill offering far-reaching views across the surrounding countryside. It's worth having a little aimless wander around town as you'l find some interesting churches, old city walls and remnants of a castle. Don't miss the opulent fountain on the main square or Plaza de Espana. And just as important: you will find lots of bars and restaurants here as well.