Tarifa is one of the most beautiful places I ever visited and even though there are plenty of things to do it would be a pity not to explore the surroundings.
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Gibraltar is perfect for a one day trip because it’s close and pretty small. It’s definitely worth it to get up the Gibraltar Rock, the views are stunning and the monkeys… Well, they’re quite cute but really rude. I’ve seen one jumping into a car’s window and stealing snacks from the kids on the back seats and another one jumped on the head of my friend out of nothing. So be careful and keep your distance.
I went up the Rock on a motorbike with a friend, but it should take about three hours to get up on foot. You cannot go up with any vehicles unless you have a Gibraltar license plate, but there are buses going up and down & a cable car.
Also, the rest of Gibraltar is worth a visit, the beaches are nice (we went to Catalan Bay) and it’s quite cool to get a British feeling after a one-hour bus ride.
Cádiz is the perfect town to just get lost in the typical Spanish streets, stop at small cafés, eat tapas and listen to the sound of waves.
I went to Cádiz alone and the day before I tried to connect with other travelers in a Couchsurfing group for the first time and I really met up with a girl from Austria, with whom we took part in a free walking tour. These are two things you should do when you travel alone and want to meet new people.
You can actually see Africa from the beaches in Tarifa and it’s that close indeed. It’s just about 30 minutes with a ferry. Tanger is a beautiful town, which really made me want to come back to Morrocco soon.
Even though I’m not a fan of guided tours, my boss in Tarifa recommended me to take one and I didn’t regret it.
There are a lot of tours you can get in Tarifa, I went with FRS for about 50 Euros (2017). Including a tour through Tanger, a traditional lunch which was vegetarian-friendly, a visit in the Caves of Hercules and a stop at one or two viewpoints.
For the first time in my life, I tried haggling in one of the many colorful shops on the streets and figured out that I’m really not comfortable with it, neither good at it.
These huge sand dunes are right next to the ocean and it’s a wonderful place. Running, “skiing” and jumping in the sand dunes is so much fun, I would go back immediately if I could.
There are many more beautiful places in the near of Tarifa, I hope I manage to get back to Andalusia one day so I can explore more if this wonderful region.