Tarifa's Old Town

Tarifa's narrow old-town streets, mostly of Islamic origin, hint at Morocco. Wander through the fortified Mudéjar Puerta de Jerez, built after the Reconquista, then pop into the lively Mercado de Abastos before winding your way past the whitewashed, 18th-century baroque-neoclassical Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís to the mainly 16th-century Iglesia de San Mateo. Head south along Calle Coronel Moscardó, then up Calle Aljaranda; the Miramar (atop part of the castle walls) has spectacular views across to Africa and 851m Jebel Musa, one of the 'Pillars of Hercules' (Gibraltar is the other).

Feature: Tarifa Beach Bliss

Jazzed up by the colourful kites and sails of kitesurfers and windsurfers whizzing across turquoise waves, the exquisite bleach-blond beaches that stretch northwest from Tarifa along the N340 are some of Andalucía's (and Spain's) most beautiful. In summer they fill up with sun-kissed beach lovers and chill-out bars, though the relentless winds can be a hassle. If you tire of lazing on the sand, kitesurfing, windsurfing and horse riding await.