Tarifa Info

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Tue Feb 22, 2005 2:31 pm

Thought with it being the don of spots that we might make a Tarifa stories/ help / weather section in the international section...

The weather now.

The weather coming
and (picture below takes a while)

The % wind by direction

Tarifa/European wind comparisons by month (possibly biased)

the % wind by month

The average temperatures

Kit Rentals

Tarifa Guide






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Tue Feb 22, 2005 4:02 pm

Good idea this, when I get some time, I'll move the other bits of Tarifa info into here as well

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Sun Apr 17, 2005 6:02 pm

tarifa lagoon link ... 5cf98311a0
The lagoon spreads out from the river mouth at Rio Jara, about half way from the airstrip at Dos Mares to the outskirts of town. I would recommend riding down wind to it from the airstrip or upwind from the footy ground as the small area to park, pulling off at the garage on the main road, is essentialy a field for cows and horses and the local farmer type fella has been getting increasingly naffed off at how busy and churned up its getting recently... Its also a protected natural park area ... gotta remember it rips for kitesurfing but never used to be so popular a spot as its too shallow for windurf.

It can get huge and its a great flatwater spot for dialling tricks but do bear in mind how shallow it is everywhere bar the river channel as its a classic bone breaker and you certainly don't want to be slamming head first or sticking any limbs out. It can also get very busy.

Whether its on or not largely depends on a combination of high springs, rain in the hills swelling the river and storms out back pushing swell in... all of the above and it can take up almost the entire beach of Tarifa leaving just a sand strip close to the sea. There's a great photo taken from the dunes showing it at full strength in the supermarket bar in town.

Windwise... its perfect on Poniente and can work on Levante sometimes but is more often than not too gusty... light Levante with some southerly in it is best.
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Mon Apr 18, 2005 11:45 pm

good idea :-D

im going in 2 weeks and im looking for some top tips?

do's and donts?

im flying with easy jet any tips on packing?
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Wed Jun 08, 2005 7:24 pm

mr smith wrote:good idea :-D

im going in 2 weeks and im looking for some top tips?

do's and donts?

im flying with easy jet any tips on packing?

Any tips from your tarifa experience mr smith? im off out to malaga tuesday and Im thinking about taking all my kit..

:mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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Mon Jul 25, 2005 4:46 pm

was in tarifa for 4 weeks last aug/sept and stayed in a campsite that was really great. Think it was costa de la penna III it was literally a 3 minute walk across the road to the beach and en route was the nicest cafe bar beach hut that sold great food that helped out with the hangover and set you up for a great days surfing. The campsite had great showers and lots of trees so as you can pitch in the shade. And if you are BBQ'in then go to the lidls (don't know spelling but pronounced Lid-dels - you get them here) in town the butchers there is amazing and soooo cheap. I recommend that you go in September as the beach is far far quieter, i noticed a huge difference between the last week in august and september. And a big tip is don't go out there thinking you'll get cheap kit coz you won't all the shops are expensive!!
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I dont recommend going to Tarifa in Easter unless you are happy to pay out of your ahole for accomodation. (or camp)
Its Holy Week in Spain - and it seems everyone heads to the coast for the first of the summer sun in this week.
I just got an apartment in the centre of town (and it aint cheap), but it was a close call.

still looking forward to lots of fiesta and siesta.
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No Kiteing on the main beach over summer it seems. Have to stay up at las dunas.
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Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:33 pm

might have seen you there Keira, was there too!!
Was kinda windy (levante)
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Sat Jan 13, 2007 9:12 am

theres a group of us from northern ireland heading to tarifa may 18th to 25th
anyone know if any interesting events are on at that time and how busy the beaches are etc

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Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:09 am

I've been living in Tarifa for the past year so here's a bit of advice for you all.

KTS - left hand side 50m before traffic lights as you head downhill into town.
If you want cheap kit, there's always loads of 2nd hand stuff on the go in the shops. Loads of it. The best kite shop in town in KTS. The owner, Danielle is Italian and he's the most honest friendly guy in town. He's happy to give advice and if you need something that he can't give you he'll tell you the cheapest place to go. Good place for lessons too. He'll give you a decent trade in on kit too as he only takes 10% - other shops normally take 20%.

Dock 11 - Near the petrol station in town.
Excellent and cheap repairs of your kit. If you break a line or anything, no need to buy a new set, these boys will probably be able to fix it for about 10 euros. Kite repairs are great too. If you have any adhesive patches on your kite, take it in here and have them replaced with a professional stitched repair for 10 - 15 euros.

Mezcla - in old town down narrow street near Cafe Central.
One of the nicest and busiest bars in Tarifa. Irish owner is a kiter and behind the bar most night to serve you lots of drink and usually a few chupitos thrown in. Good bar to meet kiters and talk about your day on the water. Nice music and kite videos on tv too.

Bossa - Just inside the arch at the traffic lights.
Nice bar to start your night off. Friendly girls behind the bar will start your night off with some cheap cocktails. It has free WiFi, so a good place for breakfast and checking emails. Nice scrambled eggs to start your day off.

Vaca Loca - very close to Mezcla.
You gotta go here for your tea. Awesome steaks and chicken. Very busy in summer, but they're used to it, so just book a table and have a beer. You won't wait long. Don't have any sweeties before you go tho, or you won't be able to finish it.

Enjoy your trip.
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Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:28 pm

Hi all,

Just for info anyone planning on visiting Tarifa should check this place out for their stay, the location is close to the hurricane hotel but this place is much cheaper than all the hotels around and is miles better.

My girlfriend and I spent 2 weeks @ great escapes and we had a great time.
The hosts Brian & Jenny were lots of fun and they really cater for surfers well.

We live on the costa del sol but drive up to Tarifa every other weekend for a break (and the wind).

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:19 am

On march 15th 2008 we're opening our Banti Tarifa kite & surfcenter, in co-operation with waveBandits, a network of exclusive watersport centres with locations all over europe. As with all waveBandit centres, Banti kite & surfcenter is an official Naish Hawaii surfcentre, fully equipped with the latest Naish equipment. We offer lessons on all levels, based on the unified waveBandits concepts of learning and progression.

From beginner to intermediate and pro levels, we offer courses and rental.

Our surf center is located in our huge chillout garden. With our location being so near to the biggest beach of Tarifa, Los Lances, we provide you with the perfect base for a great start to your days on the water. Equipment rental, lessons, support and shop combined with the special athmosphere of Banti will make your stay in Tarifa unforgettable!

Tarifa is situated in Andalusia on the most south tip of the iberic peninsula and is famous and wellknown as wind and surf capital of Europe. With it's amazing and endless white beaches, Tarifa is the perfect location for all levels of riders and for everyone who wants to learn how to kitesurf and windsurf.

The Mediterian climate, the Andalucian flair and the team at Banti surfcenter guarantee you an unforgettable kite and surf holiday. For non-watersporters or one of the windless days ( about 20 per year ;-) ) Tarifa offers lots of possibilities, like a boat trip to africa ( 15 km ), whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving, horseriding, mountainbiking or climbing activities. With so many activities to choose from combined with Tarifa's amazing nighlife is sure to make your holiday unforgettable!

For more info and to book your course please contact us! info@wavebandits.com

http://www.wavebandits.com, http://www.bantitarifa.com
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Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:41 pm

Which is the best campsite to choose to be close to town for a few shandy's after hard days boarding?
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Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:29 pm

Camping Rio Jara is about 30 min walking from town and there´s a nice chill out place on the opposite side of the campground about 2 min from the camping, called Pacha Mama ..

Campsite is ON THE BEACH .. you can kitesurf in front !!

Cheers, Michael
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