Cheap Hotels in Tarifa
Dating from 1850, this renovated mansion is in a pedestrian square in Tarifa’s Old Town, 600 metres from the beach. Bright rooms have free Wi-Fi, a well-equipped kitchenette and sea views. Air-conditioned rooms at La Casa de la Favorita feature a flat-screen satellite TV. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer, and the kitchenette includes a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Within a short walk of the hotel you will find many bars and cafés with terraces, where you can enjoy a drink or a snack. The Favorita has a tour desk, which can offer information on the town. The hotel is a 5-minute walk from the ferry which goes to Tangiers.
This guest house is located in the historic old town in the centre of Tarifa and is an ideal base from which to visit this wind surf capital and its surrounding areas. Hostal La Calzada's rooms are simple and cosy and the establishment is perfectly located only a few minutes from the port and the beach. It is also near the nightlife and traditional tapas bar route. For surfers, there are numerous specialist cloth and equipment shops in the town. On the outskirts of the town there are spectacular landscapes such as the Roman ruins of Bolonia. The guest house organises excursions to these ruins, as well as to Morocco and Guzmán Castle. You can also go whale watching.
Benali Guest House is situated in Tarifa's old town, a short walk from the castle. This pretty guest house features free Wi-Fi access and rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. The hotel offers attractive, light décor and original features, including beamed ceilings and tiled floors. All air-conditioned accommodation has cable TV and a fully-equipped bathroom. Some rooms have a large terrace with city views. Staff at the tour desk can provide information on local attractions. The city’s port is just a short walk from Benali Guest House. Tarifa is famous for windsurfing, and its beach is just 300 metres from the guest house. Other activities include hiking, horse riding and whale watching.
Hostal Tarifa offers a privileged location, only 5 minutes’ walk from both the beach and Tarifa’s old town. It features air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi and on-site private parking for an extra cost. Rooms offer plenty of natural light and come with flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with toiletries. There is a 24-hour reception and a bar. Other facilities include a luggage storage and a vending machine with snacks and drinks. Hostal Tarifa is 5 minutes’ walk from the harbour. Here you can take a ferry to Tanger.
Hostal Alborada is 250 metres from the beach in Tarifa and is a PADI Dive Centre. The Andalusian-style guesthouse offers flower-filled patios and free Wi-Fi in rooms. Each room at the Alborada has air conditioning. There is also a plasma TV and telephone in all rooms, and private bathrooms with a hairdryer. Bed linen and towels are included. The Alborada Hostal offers bicycle rental and there is a variety of water sports equipment available to rent from the hotel such as snorkelling, canoeing and windsurfing equipment. The Alborada is located just 200 metres from the Puerta de Jerez, a 13th-century gateway which marks the entrance to Tarifa old town. Here you can find Guzmán Castle and the Church of Saint Matthew.
Just 100 metres from Tarifa's main beach, Hospedaje Villanueva features a communal sun terrace with sea views. Located on the edge of Tarifa's old town, it is surrounded by cafés, bars and restaurants. Each simple room at Hospedaje Villanueva has heating, a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV. Some rooms offer views of the sea and the Moroccan coast. Free WiFi is available in public areas. Many kite surfing, windsurfing and surfing schools can be found nearby. Ferries to Morocco leave from the port, a 3-minute walk away. Guzman Castle is 100 metres from the guest house. Tarifa Bus Station is a 5-minute walk away.
Located 400 metres from Valdevaqueros Beach, Wawa Tarifa offers views of the beautiful countryside, Atlantic Ocean and Morocco. Rooms and bungalows feature ocean or mountain views. All accommodation features a flat-screen TV, private terrace and private bathroom with amenities. Most have free WiFi. Bungalows have a living room with a sofa bed. The property features a restaurant, open for lunch and dinner. Guests can relax in Wawa Tarifa's attractive garden and outdoor seasonal pool. Other services available include a 24-hour reception. Situated in the Estrecho Nature Reserve, it is 1.5 km from Punta Paloma Sand Dune.Wawa Tarifa offers information about the area and the activities, such as kite surf, windsurf and horse riding that are available nearby.
Set in beautiful gardens 400 meters from Casas de Porro Beach, the Chillout Hotel Tres Mares offers stylish accommodation. It features an outdoor pool with a Balinese-style terrace. Each air-conditioned room at the Tres Mares has a TV. All accommodation is decorated in simple, neutral tones with tiled flooring. The Tres Mares serves a varied buffet breakfast. Light meals and drinks are served in the poolside café, where there is free Wi-Fi access. The Chillout Hotel is ideally located for surfing and water-skiing, and Tarifa’s impressive beaches are just 10 minutes’ drive away. Los Alcornocales Park is 2 km from the hotel.
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Hotels in Tarifa
The southernmost tip of Spain and indeed of Europe, ancient Tarifa is one of the world's most popular destinations for wind sports. It is less than 20km from Morocco – you can see its mountains across the Strait of Gibraltar – and retains a strong North African influence.
Book one of our Tarifa hotels and explore its 10km of white sandy beach, historic old town and rich wildlife.
Tarifa's pretty old town is filled with cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and the scent of jasmine. The 10th-century Guzman Castle is named after Alonso Perez de Guzman, who defended Tarifa against the Moors in the siege of 1294. Inside there is a display on Guzman's life, as well as arches, stairs, gates and towers from various periods. Climb up to the Miramar lookout point on top of the walls for spectacular views of Morocco's Rif Mountains.
Baelo Claudia is one of the most impressive ruined Roman cities on the Iberian Peninsula. You can still see the basilica, theatre, market, walls, forum, stores, baths and temples, and there is a display of objects found on the site in the visitor centre.
Beaches and outdoor activities
Both windsurfing and kitesurfing take place in Tarifa all year round, with April to October the busiest time. The town has around 30 kitesurfing and windsurfing schools, many of which rent and sell equipment. Other outdoor activities available include surfing, horse riding, rock climbing, sailing and scuba diving.
Playa de los Lances is Tarifa's main beach, and is officially protected as a natural park. Walkers can hike across the dunes on a boardwalk. Playa de Valdevaqueros is where windsurfing championships are held, while Playa Chica, popular with locals, is good for families as it is the only beach sheltered from the Atlantic winds. La Caleta is a quiet cove.
Tarifa is also famous for birdwatching, as a large number of migrating birds can be seen travelling across the Strait of Gibraltar in spring, late summer and autumn. You can find information on the area's birdlife at the Estacion Ornitológica de Tarifa, and day trips are available.
You can also go whale and dolphin-watching all year, and boat trips are available with several organisations. FIRMM – the Foundation for Information and Research on Marine Mammals – is a particularly eco-conscious one, and its trips include an introductory talk.
Eating and drinking
Tarifa's cuisine has a strong North African influence, so head to family run La Mandragora for Andalucian-Arabic fusion food. Couscous, tagines and the mushroom and parmesan salad are all popular options.
Café Azul is an extremely popular place for breakfast, with a wide-ranging menu including muesli, fruit salad, filled rolls, crêpes, omelettes and toast with olive oil, avocado and tomato.
For organic vegetarian and vegan food, head to the tiny Chilimosa Comida Vegetariana. The varied menu includes quiche, several Indian options and the popular falafel with houmous, as well as homemade desserts including gluten-free brownies. All three establishments are TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winners.
Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Tarifa
What are the best hotels to stay in Tarifa?Wawa Tarifa, Hospedaje Villanueva and Chillout Hotel Tres Mares are some of the popular hotels in Tarifa.
What are the most convenient hotel rates in Tarifa?The cheapest price for a double room in Tarifa is £45, offered by La Casa de la Favorita.
What hotels are in the central Tarifa neighborhood?The best hotels near the center of Tarifa are Hospedaje Villanueva, Hotel Convento Tarifa and Room Tarifa.
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