TO THE SOUTHERN TIP OF EUROPE
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Weather: Cool morning, sunny warm day
Journey: Seville to Tarifa by car- 220 kms
We felt a bit apprehensive when we awoke about the morning ahead! Got active, packed, tidied the apartment and had breakfast and we were ready as planned at 9am.
First challenge was to negotiate the cobbled lanes towards La Macerena to locate the taxi stand; we are very glad that our suitcases are Swiss made because the cobbles and ditches and steps are a real test on the suitcase wheels and so far so good.
Taxi found and a very nice driver quoted the going airport rate of 22Euros, $27 and before we knew it in light traffic we were at the airport, not to catch a plane but to pick up a hire car at 10am. We had booked the car on line through an Australian company Argus Car hire and were hiring through Niza as it turned out. This company seems a bit dodgy but wait on!
10am came and went and so we contacted them by phone and they said 10 minutes but that extended to half and hour; a man we call Lurch finally arrived and said to follow him- another couple were also waiting and the four of us followed obediently to the depot some distance away. Cutting the story short his communication skills and customer service were nil! and we were not really happy with the Mitsubishi Colt because our suitacases were exposed for all to see. The car had a few dings and wasn't super clean- oh well let's chill!
But the car started and we felt more relaxed.
Set the GPS and we were on our way to the south coast of Spain to the little town of Tarifa. Sheila got the hang of the highway and we were soon on the south coast.
We were happy with our airbnb accommodation and Katie, her son Maxi and dog Tom made us feel welcome.Having unpacked the car and found some street parking nearby we took to the Tarifa streets and made our way to the old town through the arches.
Tarifa is the southern most tip of Europe and just 14 kms from Africa; it has beautiful beaches, is windy and a mecca for windsurfers, has a long history and the old town is a winding maze of white washed houses and businesses. The Mediterranean and Atlantic meet here. All is quiet in spring but according to Peace in the tourist office, Tarifa is crowded in July and August.
Coffee and pastries devoured at the cafe, we investigated the old Castle and fort at the edge of town. Excavations have revealed a Roman history but the main fort was built in 960 and you can wander the walls with views to Africa.
We made our way between the two oceans braving winds whipping sand against us to the little island, now a defence base until a man yelled for us to go back. We did!
Later that evening we dined on delicious tapas at El Frances with a good local wine and felt we had come far and seen plenty.