We arrived in Tarifa around 5:00 after an excursion in P1030286Estepona Playa (beach). 

Tarifa was simply terrific –P1030304 After we checked into one of the coolest hotels ever, in a kite surfing, beach bum, walled city with a fort and a view of Africa, P1030438nestled between the Mediterranean and Atlantic we hit the 5 mile long beach on the Atlantic side. Tarifa Hotel At 6:00PM you would have thought it was 1:00 at any beach you have ever been to before – The place was hopping and the sun was 4 or 5 hours from coming close to setting. P1030342 We found a great bar on the beach with a wonderful chilled vino blanco (white wine).

Day two we found ourselves on a boat to Morocco, Africa – Apparently we arrived before Africa opened! We exited the boat to empty streetsP1030420-001 (might have been the two hour time difference we did not know about too).  Nevertheless and much to Alice’s chagrin we set out to walk the city of Tangier. P1030409 And walk the city we did, up and down and up and down some of the narrowest streets you have ever seen.  Unfortunately the only ones around were the most P1030396irritating annoying “guides” who would not take no from me and I know how to say NO.  P1030411As the place opened we found ourselves in a vibrant city full of markets selling everything from used shoes to every kind of fish you can imagine.  After a typical P1030398-001Moroccan lunch we returned to the beaches, alleyways and tapas of our new favorite Spanish town, Tarifa.  We spent the remainder of the day testing out each of the little bars along the beach before sampling some tapas in town.

The melted P1030295goat cheese on mushrooms with garlic in a wonderful tomato and eggplant sauce was our favorite.  P1030361-001



Around 11:00 it was dinner time –P1030501 grilled lamb over an open wood fire – it was to die for.




Next up – The Rock of Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol.


About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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3 Responses to Tarifa

  1. Anne Russell says:

    It all sounds wonderful!

    I think I would like terrific Tarifa too, AND Morocco. How was the ferry ride, Alice?

  2. Anne Russell says:

    When you are on the Rock of Gibralter, remember our relatives who once lived there.

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