• Charlotte Brenner

    Fancy yourself a bit of an adrenalin junkie? We’ve already talked about some of the water sports you can try on holiday, but what if you want to try your hand at windsurfing? Then there’s only one place you should go: the Spanish town of Tarifa, located in the Costa del Sol.

    About Tarifa


    Situated in the province of Cadiz, Tarifa is just a stone’s throw away from nearby Malaga. At 36˚ south, it’s the southernmost point on the European continent. However, it’s not the southerly location that brings the tourists in their droves – although that certainly is part of the appeal! In fact, it’s the strong wind that blows through the straits of Gibraltar between Tarifa and the African continent which makes for intense surf and perfect conditions for one of the most popular water sports out there – windsurfing.

    The wind’s influence on this coastal town in evident even to the untrained eye. The area is covered with wind turbines, and you can’t wander down the main street of c/Batalla de Salado without bumping into a water sport rental shop or two! So if you have ever wanted to try your hand at windsurfing, you won’t find a better place to give it a try.

    Windsurfing for all levels


    Being the “Windsurfing Capital of Europe”, Tarifa has windsurfing options for all ages and abilities.

    If you’ve been windsurfing before, you might be happy to just rent the equipment you need and head on your way. If you’re a little less experienced, they you may prefer to book in some windsurfing lessons. Don’t worry, there are plenty of schools to choose from and some even cater for kids, so the whole family can get a taste of the action! Just take a walk around the town and get a few quotes first, so you can compare prices and make sure you are getting value for your euro.

    Windsurfing not your thing?

    Dolphins in Tarifa

    Let’s face it, a day riding the surf isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s lots more to Tarifa than just windsurfing.

    Walk down to the shore and you’ll find boats that run excursions out into the Straits of Gibraltar, which is a haven for whales and dolphins. Trips usually last for 3-4 hours, so while the more energetic members of your group get their fill of the bustling windsurfing scene, the nature lovers can enjoy spotting the sea’s majestic marine life.

    How to get there

    Tarifa is within easy reach for those staying in the Costa del Sol. Falcon serve lots of resorts south of Malaga, including Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Marbella, all of which are under two hours’ drive away from the windsurfer’s paradise.

    Fancy getting a taste of the water sport scene in the south of Spain? Then check out our selection of Costa Del Sol holidays, departing from May 2015.

    Have you ever tried windsurfing in Tarifa? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below!

    Images by Jose Rambaud, Manuel  González Olaechea y Franco, Cédric Martinez and Nicole Duncan under a creative commons licence.