Tarifa, Spain is a pristine treasure of a town when it comes to the Mediterranean region. Located in the province of Cadiz on the southern coast, Tarifa has grown to be a key destination for those who want a fairly unspoiled seaside escape. The town has a deep history spanning back to possibly before 710 AD, in some records, lasting through the Roman and Islamic eras which have produced lasting influences. These days, this history plus a great appreciation for nature brings visitors year-round to Tarifa. Check out our list of top rated accommodations to take advantage of during your stay.
This apartment is within one of Tarifa’s picturesque squares, with a large terrace for guests to soak up the southern Spanish sun complete with hammocks. Inside the apartment is a standard kitchen and an indoor fireplace along with one bedroom and a bathroom. There is even a couch sofa available for extra members of the group. Being that it is on the square, visitors will get a feel for the local life of the neighborhood, which should be kept in mind.
Price: from 71 USD
Number of Guests: 4
This hotel is about a ten minute drive from Tarifa, but visitors will be delighted once they cast eyes on the tranquil beauty of the main building. The Hotel Punta Sur is actually a collection of bungalows in addition to the main building, complete with their own private gardens. The rooms all have the same base of amenities – TV, DVD player, minibar and safe to go with AC and heating. They vary in size, with the luxury suite being the largest, and furnishings included – the junior suites have sofas while the family suites have 2 separate bedrooms to sleep four. All are done up in a hip style reflecting the region.
Hotel Punta Sur
Address: N-340, 76, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain (see map)
Price: from 121 USD
This intimate apartment contains certain features that are meant to heighten the feel of staying in a town like Tarifa. Firstly, Casa De Las Olas has one bedroom but can accommodate up to four guests. There’s a Western-styled kitchen and a TV along with free internet access. The prime feature is the rooftop terrace that is done up with a beachfront flair and allows for a clear view of the Mediterranean as well as the city of Tangiers, off in the distance in Morocco. The apartment is 2 miles (3.2 km) from Los Lances Beach and is close to major shopping, but it is in a relatively quiet neighborhood.
House of the Waves (Casa De Las Olas)
Price: from 67 USD
Number of Guests: 4
The Meson de Sancho is a two-level hotel situated on a main road between Tarifa and Algeciras, bedecked in the old style of the region from long ago. It is set up to be a tranquil getaway after the day’s events, and each room is set up for cozy beach side comfort. The rooms have the standard package of amenities, and there are a number with terraces that allow for a view of sea as well as a natural preserve nearby. Guests can avail themselves of the sizable pool on the grounds and spend some time in the lobby, equipped with an indoor fireplace during the evenings.
Meson de Sancho
Address: Km 94, N-340, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain (see map)
Price: from 45 USD
Hospedaje Villanueva is a cozy pension that is a short distance from the Los Lances Beach, retaining some of the quaint charm from years before. Its central location is great for those who want easy access to all of the sights of Tarifa, as well as those who want to venture to Tangiers (the port is five minutes away on foot). The hotel itself is simply laid out, and the rooms are neat and intimate with all the usual furnishings and accoutrements along with a very helpful staff on hand.
Address: v. Andalucía, 11, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain (see map)
Price: from 48 USD
This flat is in the center of Tarifa’s Old Town, and is decorated in a classic Moroccan fashion. It’s in a quiet neighborhood, within walking distance of all the attractions that Tarifa has to offer including the seaside and the Natural Park of the Straits. There’s three beds available here for guests, and the studio does come with a hearty kitchen space, along with other basics like TV and bath towels.
Old Town Studio
Price: from 23 USD
Number of Guests: 4
The La Codorniz is an upscale hotel property in Tarifa, situated not too far from the Iglesia San Mateo and other historical sights of note. The rooms here are set up bungalow style, with crisp whitewashed walls that reflect the simple but alluring décor of the region. Each room has floors laid out in vivid tiles, and come with a range of amenities that include free parking, wireless internet and direct phone line service. Another standout feature is the restaurant, replete with high ceilings bolstered by huge wooden beams serving up traditional Andalusian fare.
Address: Ctra. Cádiz-Málaga, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain (see map)
Price: from 75 USD
Once a farmhouse, Hotel La Torre is off of the Carretera Nacional N-340 and a short distance from Valdevaqueros Beach. Hotel La Torre is actually on the site of a famous conflict between the Spanish Empire and the Moors in the mid 1300s. The hotel building boasts a splendid communal garden on which some of the rooms look over, as well as a bar and a restaurant with a homey, cabin-like feel. In regards to the rooms, each comes with the standard array of amenities and are styled in a way that combines a bit of modern comfort with the same farmhouse aesthetic typical of some homes in the area.
Hotel La Torre
Address: Crta. Nac. 340, Km77’2, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain (see map)
Price: from 73 USD
Puerta la Mar is a cluster of apartments situated close to the center of Tarifa and even closer to the sea. You can choose from several accommodation options, including a spacious apartment with a terrace, a studio with a great view of the sea, a standard studio and larger rooms for families and groups. Regardless of your choice, the rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable and there is free Wi-Fi. The design is modern, breezy and uncluttered, with touches of the region’s Moorish past. There is a bar and a restaurant that serves local cuisine. The location is simply hard to beat – downtown Tarifa is so close you can rent a bicycle and pedal your way around the city. Puerta la Mar sits right next to an old Spanish castle that just begs to be visited. You can also discover some very good restaurants near the vicinity of the hotel.
If you are traveling to Tarifa on a budget but are looking for the best value for money then Ohana Tarifa could be the ideal accommodation for you. This hostel offers bunk-style beds and shared kitchen and toilet facilities. Yet guests rave about how clean and comfortable it is here. And the beds are designed and laid out to provide a degree of privacy. The design also provides many thoughtful details that help you neatly stow away your bags and clothing. There’s free Wi-Fi and each room has its own microwave oven. There’s also a bar where you can chill out and meet other guests. Or if you prefer, you can also interact with others at the lounge and TV room. Ohana Tarifa is excellently located near the port and near the bus station.
Taking in all of Tarifa
The town of Tarifa, Spain is an area that has undergone a slew of changes, but it has retained much of the treasured elements that have made it last through the ages. Whether you enjoy natural splendor, viewing history in the preserved cobblestone streets or buildings, or if you just want to bask in the coastal sun, Tarifa has it all.
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