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Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa, Spain
Region: Europe
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There are good parts about going to Tarifa, a small town on the southernmost coast of Spain, and one negative aspect about going to this great kiteboarding/windsurfing spot. Let’s start on a positive note, with the things you are going to like about Tarifa:

- Plenty of kiteboarding schools to choose from (roughly about 15 schools with capable teachers and good equipment).
- Nice and very big beach (11km-long beach), plenty of spots to kiteboard/windsurf.
- Riders of all levels will find something they like, from the novice to the advanced and up to the pro rider.
- Constant winds which can at times reach rather high speeds (great for expert riders) and water conditions that vary from flat to high waves.
- The air temperature never falls below 16°C (60°F). The average water temperature is between 17°C and 20°C.
- You get constant winds all year round. The western wind is called Poniente; this SW, side on shore wind blows at 12 to 25 knots. The eastern wind is called Levante; this ES, side shore wind blows at 10 to 40 knots. Sometimes the Levante is gusty.
-  If you’re in Europe, Tarifa is a short flight away.
- There are plenty of other things to do besides kiteboarding/windsurfing, like shopping, biking, whale watching, diving, and so on.
- Great night life in the town. The town is a regular partly place during the summer.

And here’s the part that you may not like about Tarifa: it is too popular for its own good. Tarifa is such a popular destination that too many people go there to enjoy kiteboarding, windsurfing, and plenty of other activities. The point I’m trying to make is that it can get a bit crowded – so crowded in fact that on some beaches surfing is forbidden to prevent accidents.

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