Dunes of the beaches of Valdevaqueros de Tarifa in Cádiz, Spain.

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Playa de Valdevaqueros

Top choice in Tarifa

Sprawling between 7km and 10km northwest of Tarifa, to the great white dune at Punta Paloma, Valdevaqueros is one of Tarifa's most popular kitesurfing beaches, blessed with dusty alabaster-hued sand, aqua waters and a few summer beach bars.

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1. Punta Paloma

0.93 MILES

One of Andalucía's most fabulous beaches, Punta Paloma, 10km northwest of Tarifa, is famous for its huge blond sand dune. At its far western end, you can…

2. Playa de los Lances

5.33 MILES

This broad snow-white sandy beach stretches for 7km northwest from Tarifa. The low dunes behind it are a paraje natural (protected natural area).

3. Puerta de Jerez

5.42 MILES

Guarding the entrance to the old town, the fortified Mudéjar Puerta de Jerez was built by the Moors and embellished after the Christian conquest.

4. Baelo Claudia

5.46 MILES

The ruined town of Baelo Claudia is one of Andalucía's most important Roman archaeological sites. These majestic beachside ruins – with views across to…

5. Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís

5.49 MILES

Originally constructed in the 16th century, this whitewashed, tucked-away church now flaunts a mix of baroque and neoclassical styles, having been torn…

7. Iglesia de San Mateo

5.57 MILES

Wind your way through the narrow streets of the old town to Tarifa's main (mostly 16th-century) church, with a soaring neoclassical facade.

8. Castillo de Guzmán El Bueno

5.58 MILES

Though built in 960 on the orders of Cordoban caliph Abd ar-Rahman III, this restored fortress is named after Reconquista hero Guzmán El Bueno. In 1294,…