With a climate of year round sunshine and high winds, Tarifa is one of the world’s best kitesurfing locations. I visited a couple of years ago and had a great time.
But this post is less adventurous, and more practical, offering tips and general information around kitesurfing in Tarifa.
During high season, the town becomes an adventure playground for surfers and kitesurfers, who come from all over to experience Spain’s water sports capital. The skies become frenzied with countless colourful kites, while the ocean fronts are chock-full with thrill-seekers.
In Tarifa, there’s an abundance of kitesurfing locations to choose from, suited to all experience levels and abilities. But, with so much choice, it’s easy to miss out on the best spots. So, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite locations below, in our helpful guide to kitesurfing in Tarifa.
Why does Tarifa enjoy such great kitesurfing conditions?
It’s all down to the Levante and Poniente, two strong winds that blow in from the east and west, respectively. The Levante is warm and dry as it blows over land, while the Poniente flows over the Atlantic making it cooler and more humid. Its brisk breeze can decrease the sizzling hot temperatures in summer, which can be a welcome break from the heat. It usually brings beautifully clear skies and fresh air, meaning there’s an unobscured view of the African mountains, looming large on the horizon.
It’s these conditions that make Tarifa a kitesurfing paradise.
When is the best time to go kitesurfing in Tarifa?
There are three kitesurfing seasons in Tarifa: low season, from November to February; mid season from March to May and September to October; and high season from June to August. Each season offers different attractions, such as cheaper accommodation prices in low season, quieter surf spots in mid season and glorious weather and vibrant nightlife in high season. But, the one thing that remains constant through the year is excellent kitesurfing opportunities.
Where are the best Kitesurfing Locations in Tarifa?
Playa Los Lances is probably Tarifa’s most famous beach, with it’s long curved stretch of white sand and crystal blue waters – it’s just about all you could want from a beach. It’s so popular all year round that in high season, kitesurfing is actually prohibited here.
Instead, head over to the official kitesurfing zone in Dos Mares Los Lances, where you can experience a canopy of kites gliding through the sky whilst riders ride the waves below. It’s also a top kitesurfing location in Tarifa because it’s where Lenguaventura kitesurfing summer camps for teenagers are held each year. Kitesurfing lessons in Tarifa are available here and with many other schools along the coast.
Playa Valdevaqueros is another famous beach in Tarifa, with its powdery sand, warm water and unbeatable views of the African mountains shimmering in the distance. It’s mainly a windsurfing beach but a few specialised kitesurfing schools are allowed to surf there too. Lenguaventura’s windsurfing summer camp is held here each summer too.
Los Caños de Meca is a great place to go if you want to explore slightly further afield, though this small beach town is only worth visiting in summer if you’d like to experience the legendary nightlife. Other spots to check out while you’re along the Costa de la Luz include Rio Jara, Arte Vida, Balneario, Getares, Palmones, El Palmar, Bolonia and Sotogrande.
Whatever your level of experience, there’s nowhere better in Spain to go kitesurfing than Tarifa.