Blogs from Tarifa, Andalusia, Spain, Europe


Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa December 9th 2017

Sleep for Steve; she was no so good. It’s like there was caffeine in our vegan carrot cake or something. Plus the bed has one of those mattresses that registers every tiny move your partner makes at about 4.2 on the Richter. But Tarifa has no patience for the underslept and we have a bus to catch. Our room has an espresso maker… named Maria! Get it? Is this blog on? Seriously, though, we slam some espresso and split. The walk to the bus station is about twenty-minutes past parts of the city we haven’t seen yet, which is great. We pass a little park that features a fair with rides. We consider taking our baggage on the Ferris wheel since they seem to enjoy carousels so much, but… the bus. At the station we grab ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa September 21st 2016

Geo: 36.0127, -5.60295Have a quickie for you troops. On our drive from Tarifa to Seville, we stopped by Baelo Claudia. Believe it or not, Bird discovered and arranged this trip! The place was a Roman fishing village located entirely on the Atlantic dating from the mid 1st century AD. Tuna ran here then, and they still do.Okay Bird demands I fess up. As last year, we brought clippers for my bushy top and beard. All that year, and even half of this one, I dutifully inserted the plug into the transformer. But not yesterday. Nary a sound was emitted, but the motor of my clippers was burned when I plugged their 110 volt engine into the 220 volts supplied here. And to think I labeled Bird compassionate with Hercules.... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa September 20th 2016

Geo: 36.0127, -5.60295We have arrived at the very southern tip of Spain. From here the confluence of Mediterranean and the Atlantic is visible (sure we have the pix). Africa is so close you can almost reach out and touch it. Did we mention a Pillar of Hercules? Yep, we captured one, the other will be available later.We crossed Strait of Gibraltar landing in Tangier, Morocco. Sure, we have pictures of the place, and will be happy to share them with you, but you'll have to peruse the next post.... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa August 18th 2016

Up early for a drive down to Tarifa. The most southerly point in mainland Europe. Founded as a port in 7th century with a delightful castle, small old town and hefty walls. Also the venue for ferries across the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangier. More importantly venue for whale watching trips. After a great, informative talk on the types of dolphin and whale found in the straits its time to be out and about. Common dolphins at first in Tarifa Bay then out into the main strait. Moroccan fisherman line fishing (good to see) for tuna are the bait for the Orca. Sublime to watch them surfacing and chasing the tuna. A real treat. Then onto the beach to watch the kiting.... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa January 5th 2015

One crazy Kitesurfing week and some day in Madrid...... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa January 2nd 2015

We choose the most southern tip of Spain, Tariffa, as our jumping off point to Morocco. We also thought it would warmer. Little did we know that it is the kiting capital of Europe. So it was always windy. We kept our coats on and spent several days exploring. A day at Baelo Claudi, an archeological city from the ancient Roman Empire on the Bay of Bolonia. It became prosperous because of its fishing industry and fish processing facilities – they salted fish and also made a fish paste from all the left over parts, a delicacy in Rome. There were examples of aqueducts, roads, theater, temples, markets, baths, all surrounded by beautiful coastal countryside.... read more
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Baelo Claudia basilica
Baelo Claudia theater

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa August 30th 2014

En voyant les centaines de voiles volant au vent dès notre arrivée en bus, il nous était impossible de ne pas tester le Kite Surf! Il s'agit d'une voile (ou un grand cerf volant disons) que l'on manie avec une barre, une planche dans l'eau et le but est d'avancer à la force du vent. Cela paraît simple sur le papier mais très compliqué en réalité. Il faut un vent fort pour se faire plaisir. Des anecdotes sont tombées: dériver dans l'océan, se faire tirer sur plusieurs mètres tellement le vent était fort... Les photos ont été prises par une dame du groupe elles sont très jolies je trouve!... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa August 29th 2014

Tarifa est sûrement l'arrêt de notre voyage le moins commun pour les gens. En effet cette ville peut être connue pour sa situation (à la pointe de l'Espagne, l'Afrique n'est qu'à 50 Km de là), mais elle est surtout connue par une poignée de personne pour son vent. En effet sa situation unique à la frontière entre l'océan atlantique et la mer méditerranée lui permet de profiter de deux vents: le levante venant du désert africain et le poniente venant de l'atlantique. Le vent for est le levante c'est grâce à lui que Tarifa a pu devenir une ville touristique. La ville est aussi reconnue dans le monde entier pour ses clubs et bars, la fête bat son plein. J'en retiens que cette ville mérite le détour car son centre historique est très joli et regorge ... read more

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa May 20th 2014

We left Seville and headed off for Tarifa. This would be our furthest point out and from now on we would be on our return journey to the United Kingdom. However, having said that it would take at least a week of solid driving in Suzy to get home. And that is without any sleep. The weather has cooled and although still a warm 25 degrees it feels a lot colder. Perhaps the mountains have something to do with this. The scenery has changed from flat lands to hilly, the vegetation cactus some flowering with pretty orange buds . Fields of corn, some harvested, sunflowers , the sea to one side of us and Africa. Tantalisingly close despite the heat haze hugging the Staits of Gibraltar. Huge container vessels at sea. An odd scene in a ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Tarifa May 26th 2013

Like horses out the starting gates we were packed and ready by 9.40am, paying our 56 Euro’s (approximately £45.00 GBP) for our four nights at Camping Fuzeta, it would have been an extra 4 Euro’s plus hook up for Georgie, Oliver was desperate to get going. The last two nights had been mixed, we had gone for a meal out on Friday, mixed grill for Ian and Woolly and fresh Tuna steak for me and Woolly with a large jug of sangria we felt the 22 Euro’s (approximately £18.00 GBP) not bad value for money. Having settled down in the tent with Kindles (we would be towing a juggernaut behind us if we had to carry the number of books we go through!), I thought we were in for the night….Wrong… Woolly says – I heard ... read more
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The Burial chambers at Carmona
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