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Get to know our surroundings.

The hostal Africa is situated in the old town where you can enjoy the laid back atmosphere of its cafés, restaurants, boutiques and shops, as well as the narrow, paved side streets which are typical of an Andalusian village. You don’t need a car. Even the beaches are easily reached by foot, being not further away than 5 minutes from the hostel. For visitors who like to go to Morocco, the port is reachable within 3 minutes.

The name of the town originates from the Arab language “Al Yazirat Tarif “ or “Isla de Tarif”. This name was given to the island which is just opposite of the coast and which was the place selected by the troops of “de Tarif”. After the Arab conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, a medina was founded in the actual location of the town, of which the name was changed to the Spanish Tarifa..

How to get there

With the bus

There are daily direct connections from Tarifa to bigger Andalusian towns like Malaga, Sevilla and Cadiz. There are also connections to places of touristic interest like Jerez de la Frontera, Puerto de Santa Maria, Vejer de la Frontera and Gibraltar. The distance to Algeciras, which is the nearest bigger town, is 20km and from there you can connect to the main Spanish and Portuguese capitals, as well as to a number of European countries.

By Plane

Being on such a privileged geographical location, it is possible to travel easily from Sevilla, Malaga, Jerez de la Frontera and Gibraltar to Tarifa. All these airports operate national and international flights (European).

What to do.


Castillo de Guzman el Bueno (The Fortress)
Conjunto Arqueologico Baelo Claudia (The Roman ruins)
Get to know Tangier. Every day are several crossings to Tangier.

Nature and Sports

Hiking in the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales and Parque Natural del Estrecho (both nacional Parks).
Bird watch; Whale and Dolphin watch by boat
Horse riding and mountain biking
Here are some of the best places in the world for Wind- and Kite surfing
Surf in Los Caños de Meca, best time October to May.
Rock Climbing in San Bartolo at 14km.