Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Tarifa

Punta Paloma

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 lather yourself up in a natural mud bath.
Top Choice Moroccan in Vejer de la Frontera

El Jardín del Califa

The sizzling atmosphere matches the cooking at this exotically beautiful restaurant, also a hotel and tetería (teahouse). It's hidden in a cavernous house where even finding the bathroom is a full-on adventure. The …
Top Choice Cafe in Tarifa

Café Azul

This long-established Italian-run place with eye-catching blue-and-white Moroccan-inspired decor whips up the best breakfasts in Tarifa, if not Andalucía. You'll want to eat everything. The fresh fruit salad with mu…
Top Choice Beach in Tarifa

Playa de Valdevaqueros

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 and aqua waters.
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bolonia

Baelo Claudia

The ruined town of Baelo Claudia is one of Andalucía's most important Roman archaeological sites. These majestic beachside ruins – with fine views across to Morocco – include the substantial remains of a theatre, a …
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Los Caños de Meca

Parque Natural de la Breña y Marismas del Barbate

This 50-sq-km coastal park protects important marshes, cliffs and pine forest from Costa del Sol–type development. Its main entry point is a 7.2km (two-hour) walking trail, the Sendero del Acantilado, between Los Ca…
Top Choice Andalucian in Vejer de la Frontera

Corredera 55

This fresh-faced veggie-friendly eatery delivers elegant, inventive cooking packed with local flavours and ingredients. Menus change with the seasons. Try chilled, lemon-infused grilled courgette and goat's-cheese p…
Castle in Tarifa

Castillo de Guzmán

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, when threatened with the death of his captured son unless he s…
Lounge in Tarifa

Tumbao

The ultimate Tarifa-cool beach hang-out, Tumbao serves up cocktails, tinto de verano (cold, wine-based drink similar to sangria) loungey sunset beats on a grassy, beanbag-strewn patch overlooking the kitesurfing act…
Seafood in Zahara de los Atunes

Restaurante Antonio

Prize-winning Antonio's, 1km south of Zahara, is wildly recommended for its top-quality seafood, brought to you by attentive waiters in crisp white shirts in a sparkly contemporary sea-view setting. Almadraba red tu…