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Tarifa

Tarifa

Tarifa:


To stand on the Punta de Tarifa is to be at the southernmost point of Europe, with the coast of the African continent only 14km away. Situated on the fringe of the Costa del Sol, Tarifa  has a totally different atmosphere about is which in itself makes a visit worthwhile.


 The town has played an important role in the history of Spain. It was named after  Tarif Ibn Malik, the Moorish leader who in AD 710 with a small band of men took possession of the area. This led to the larger invasion which took place the following year and the subsequent Moorish conquest of most of present day.-


Tarifa was taken by the Christians in 1292 but the siege was maintained  for the next couple of years. In 1295 Guzman El Bueno defended the town against the invading Moors. According to the local legend, the Moors captured his son and threatened to kill him if Guzman didn't surrender the town. He refused and threw down his sword with which they killed his son.



The Arab Castle of Guzman the Bueno is open to visitors. It was built in 960 AD on the orders of Caliph Abderraman III. The irregular oblong architecture has Roman influence giving rise to the theory that it was built on the remains of a Roman fort. To the east two high towers protect the entrance from the Arab town.


The Municipal Museum
The municipal museum is also well worth a visit. It is located near the town hall in the square officially named Plaza de Santa Maria but locally known as the square of the little frog.


  Entrance the town, which is encircle by walls, is through a Moorish gate. With its dazzling white houses and maze of narrow, winding streets, Tarifa retains a distinctive Moorish look.


In the old city center you will find beautiful little shops of handicraft. It is a charming place for stroll.The port offers a good view of the old Moorish castle above the town.


 Tarifa has a long expanse 10km of white sandy beaches  backed by the pine trees.


This marks the meeting point of the Mediterranean and  the Atlantic and the strong winds that sweep across the sand create the best windsurfing conditions in Europe. The place has now become a top center for the sport, kite surfing also fast gaining in popularity.  Tourist Office : Paseo de la Alameda : Tel : +34 956 68 09 93


 Located at 78km form Estepona by the AP- 7 Till Exit Guadiaro . follows direction algeciras –Cadiz- tarifa.- by the A4 (N340)