Tarifa is a 15 minute drive from El Aguilon. Spend the afternoon exploring the open plazas, cobbled streets, and trendy boutiques in the historic centre.
"Tarifa seems to have retained its Moorish character more than any other town in Spain."
Tarif ibn Malik
The Moors landed in Tarifa in 711, beginning their seven-hundred year conquest of the Iberian peninsula. Tarifa is named after Tarif ibn Malik, a military commander who led his army across the Straits from Morocco. Today, the Moorish influence on the architecture and culture in Tarifa is still visible.
Beyond the Moorish city gate - the Puerta de Jerez - you'll find the winding streets in the heart of Tarifa.
FOOD AND DRINK
Restaurants, bars, and cafés
Tarifa is home to fantastic restaurants, bars, and cafés. Whether you're looking for a quick bite to eat or an evening out with family and friends, there is something for every occasion. There's also a lovely market in the centre of the old town (Mercado Publico de Tarifa, open 8h-15h) where you can find fresh fish, meat, and vegetables. See our restaurants page for a full list of recommendations.
"Quaint cobbled streets and 10th-century castle, boho boutiques, lively bars and authentic tapas."
Conde Naste Traveller
Every town in Spain holds a 'Feria' once a year. This week-long celebration is the highlight of the social and religious calendar. Tarifa's Feria is held at the beginning of September every year (Sunday to Sunday). Expect to see flamenco dresses, fairground rides, and lots of dancing!
The 'Día del Caballo' (day of the horse), is one of the most popular days of the Feria. If you want to see flamenco dresses, this is the day to go.
Try 'rebujito', a mix of sherry and lemonade, the traditional Feria drink; the barman will give you a jug and several small glasses to share with friends, old and new!
The procession of horses
The Cabalgata takes place on the first Sunday of September: a procession of around 700 horses accompany the Virgin from a chapel in Santuario to the San Mateo church in Tarifa. The 8 kilometre journey marks the beginning of the Feria, and is an incredible sight to see!
The entire town comes to watch the Virgin being carried through the streets of Tarifa.