Top things to do

Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Breakfast in Tarifa

Café Azul

This eccentric Italian-run place with eye-catching blue-and-white Moroccan-inspired decor whips up the best breakfasts in town, if not Andalucía. You'll want to eat everything. It does a wonderfully fresh fruit sala…
Top Choice Beach Bar in Tarifa


Perched on perfectly white sands, this shabby-chic wind-battered beach bar is what Tarifa is all about – cool drinks, a kitesurfing crowd and a contagiously laid-back vibe. Live music happens on Fridays around 10pm.…
Museum in Tarifa

Centro de Interpretación de Cetáceos

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. In addition to striped and bottlenose dolphins, lo…
Cafe in Tarifa

Café 10

This old-town cafe delivers the breakfast/snack goods in a cosy, neo-rustic lounge with pink-cushioned chairs spilling out on to the sloping street. Homemade cakes, great coffee, fresh juices, sweet and salty crêpes…
Italian in Tarifa

La Oca da Sergio

Italians rule the Tarifa food scene. Amiable Sergio roams the tables Italian-style, armed with loaded plates and amusing stories, and resides over genuine home-country cooking at this popular restaurant tucked away …
Moroccan in Tarifa


On a quiet street behind the Iglesia de San Mateo, this intimate palm-dotted spot serves Andalucian-Arabic food and does so terrifically well. It’s hard to know where to start, but tempting choices include lamb with…
Tapas in Tarifa

Bar-Restaurante Morilla

One of numerous eateries lying in wait along Calle Sancho IV El Bravo in the heart of the old town, busy no-frills Morilla attracts more tarifeños than others. They pop in for the quality tapas, seafood raciones and…
Cafe in Tarifa

Café Central

Anyone for a 1-litre margarita? The town's best people-watching spot has glammed itself up a bit with cool cocktails and juices, plus some creative contemporary dishes.
Bar in Tarifa

Bear House

A sort of wine bar-meets-surf bar, the slick new Bear House has low cushioned chill-out sofas, a variety of cocktails, football on the big screen, but no bears.