Kitesurfing & Windsurfing
Tarifa’s legendary winds have turned the town into one of Europe's premier windsurfing and kitesurfing destinations. The most popular strip is along the coast between Tarifa and Punta Paloma, 10km northwest. Over 30 places offer equipment hire and classes, from beginner to expert level. The best months are May, June and September, but bear in mind that the choppy seas aren't always beginners' territory. Some schools also offer SUP sessions.
The waters off Tarifa are one of the best places in Europe to see whales and dolphins as they swim between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean from April to October; sightings of some kind are almost guaranteed during these months. In addition to striped and bottlenose dolphins, long-finned pilot whales, orcas (killer whales) and sperm whales, you may also spot endangered fin whales and common dolphins. Sperm whales swim the Strait of Gibraltar from April to August; the best months for orcas are July and August. Find out more at Tarifa's Centro de Interpretación de Cetáceos.
There's nothing quite like contemplating Tarifa’s wind-lashed coastline (or exploring the hilly hinterland) on horseback. One-hour beach rides along Playa de los Lances cost €30 and two-hour beach-and-mountain rides cost €60, while four-hour rides are €70 to €80. A recommended outfit, with excellent multilingual guides, is Aventura Ecuestre, which also offers pony rides for kids (30 minutes €15), private courses (five days €300) and five-hour rides into the Parque Natural Los Alcornocales (€80). Molino El Mastral, 5km northwest of Tarifa, is also brilliant.
Yoga is soaring in popularity in Tarifa; hotels can put you in touch with local teachers. Tarifa Eco Center is a major yoga hub, offering a wide variety of classes (€10) to suit most levels and styles.