The southermost point of Spain
Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
12Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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Where I stayed
Tarifa is the windiest city in Spain, and is therefore known for its windsurfers and kitesurfers. It has a small town beach feel to it at the same time that it has a very Andalucían quality of crumbly white buildings and winding little streets in the Old Town. However, what I most enjoyed about Tarifa was hiking through the hills and from on top seeing Africa across the Straight of Gibraltar. If I had had a man friend with me I would have considered the short ferry ride to Tanger, but it is of course not advisable for females to go alone. Either way, I was very happy wandering the hills, which are home to true Spanish cowboys and ranchers
I was very lucky to have met a really nice German couple staying at the same place as me (a hostel run out of the ranch house of a British couple in the countryside). They invited me along to nearby Cádiz one day, and so we drove to what is known as one of Spain´s nicest towns right by the water. We spent the day wandering around, nibbling tapas and taking a siesta on the sand. It was definitely a much needed day of relaxation and peace as I adjusted to the strenuous demands travel can sometimes have.
I must admit, my little holiday made me grateful for the fact that I can go home to Southern California at any time and dig my toes into -dare I say it- an even nicer beach than in Southern Spain. Traveling really can make you appreciate things at home in a new way, as they all say.