The southermost point of Spain

Trip Start Mar 15, 2010
Trip End Jul 02, 2010

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Fawlty Fincas

Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Friday, April 9, 2010

Not long after I arrived in Spain and started traveling, I decided I wanted to go off the beaten path a little bit. I was also craving some nice Spanish countryside, and so I chose to head even further south, all the way to the southernmost point of Spain-- Tarifa.

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. It was really interesting to see the green pastures and grazing cows right next to where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet.

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.
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Michelle on

By the way the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean meet briefly at the tip of South America (Chile) not Spain. I'm thinking you might have meant the Atlantic and Mediterranean meeting where you were in Tarifa, Spain.

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