Tarifa is amongst the most unique towns in Spain and there is a special reason – it is the Southernmost point in not only Spain but in the whole of Europe. So here are some of the coolest Instagram spots to take the best photos of Tarifa!
In this blog post, you will find all the places with descriptions, photos, and locations where they can be found on Google Maps. We loved spending the whole day wandering around Tarifa and exploring it to the fullest! It definitely has its charm! Happy exploring!
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1. Border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea
Definitely one of the coolest places to see in Tarifa is the border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. There is a narrow road into the water that draws a line between the two bodies of water.
Approximately in the middle of the road, there are two metal signs indicating which side of the road belongs to which territory – the ocean or the sea.
Those signs look pretty cool with the background of the water and this is definitely one of the coolest Instagram spots in Tarifa!
This is a must-visit place for any visitor in Tarifa! Luckily the road is open all the time so you can go there any time of the day you want. Beware that the wind may get crazy here! It almost swept us off our feet!
Location: Frontera Mar Mediterráneo – Océano Atlántico
2. Blue wings on the wall
If we are talking about the wind then this blue-wing street art is a fitting Instagram spot to continue with. Because, as you will probably see, many water sports enthusiasts come to Tarifa to fly! Except they use kites to surf the waves and jump in the sky. 🙂
The street art is located in a small square on Calle Grupo Cardenal Cisneros next to the promenade, that goes along the beach. We stumbled upon this place accidentally when we walked from Espresso Bar Numero C coffee shop (the best coffee shop in town!) to the beach.
Location: Blue wings on the wall
3. Street art on Calle Grupo Cardenal Cisneros
There is another street art with (kind of) wings on the same street – Calle Grupo Cardenal Cisneros. The wings are accompanied by a quote about travelers and a head of what seems to be the black panther with a lantern in its mouth. One of the coolest Instagram spots in Tarifa for sure!
Location: Street art on Calle Grupo Cardenal Cisneros
4. Puerta de Jerez
Puerta de Jerez is one of my favorite Instagram spots in Tarifa. It is a medieval arch-shaped city gate with two big towers. It is very well visible that the gate has a Moorish architectural design (the shape of the arches!).
Puerta de Jerez served as the entry point to the old city and it continues to do its job today! There were once multiple such gates but only this one has remained. The gate was built during the 13th century and was restored in 2000. This is a must-see place for any visitor to Tarifa!
Location: Puerta de Jerez
5. Rainbow stairs of Tarifa
Stairs with all the steps painted in different colors is always an attractive sight and a great photo spot! There are rainbow stairs in Tarifa too. Although it looks like they have lived a ‘colorful’ life and the appearance of the stairs could be improved it still looks fun and attractive in photos.
Location: Rainbow stairs of Tarifa
6. Castillo de Guzman el Bueno
Castillo de Guzman el Bueno castle probably is the main tourist attraction in Tarifa! If you want to know absolutely everything that happened in this town, find out its history and all the legends then you must visit this 10th-century castle with an impressive defensive wall and watchtowers!
The entrance fee to the castle is 4 EUR per person. Not only do you get to see thousand-year-old artifacts but you get to know the town’s history, and you get some of the best views over Tarifa, the port, and even see the mountains in Africa when looking over the Strait of Gibraltar from the top of the castle!
Location: Castillo de Guzman el Bueno
7. Tunnel of the Lamp of the Winds
One of the most unique hidden gems in Tarifa is a passage that leads to the Paseo de la Alameda – a pedestrian park with many restaurants. The passage is located next to the tourism office and is one of the most beautiful and unique Instagram spots in Tarifa.
There are two unique things about the tunnel. First of all, there is a huge illustration on the wall made out of tiles depicting a moment out of typical village life in the past.
Another unique element in the tunnel is the lamp. If you pay attention, you will notice that it actually is a wind direction indicator showing all cardinal directions – North, East, South, and West.
In addition, there are small ring bells attached to the lamp that make a sound when the wind blows. However, the main structure of the lamp consists of three star-shaped elements and a pointy part shaped like a diamond. Quite beautiful!
Location: Tunnel of the Lamp of the Winds
8. Wooden palapa at the beach
If you decide to explore the promenade then at one point you might stumble upon this cool wooden palapa-like structure with a wooden walkway to the ocean.
A nice place for a picnic or a short stop to breathe the ocean air. Oh, and a cool photo spot as well. Maybe stay for the sunset? Or watch kitesurfers riding the waves?
Location: Wooden palapa at the beach
9. Plaza de Santa María
Plaza de Santa María is one of the most beautiful squares and is a charming place full of Instagram spots in Tarifa! The square sits right in front of the local government building. It is full of blooming trees, plants, and fountains.
One of my favorite things about it is those tunnel-like passages that are overgrown with plants. Looks pretty cool in photos!
Those passages are in every one of the four corners of the square. In the middle of it, there is a fountain decorated with beautiful tiles and figures of frogs.
Location: Plaza de Santa María
10. Puerta de la Almedina
Puerta de la Almedina is one of the coolest spots in Tarifa. As you walk on Guzman el Bueno street – named after the most notorious figure in the town’s history, you will stumble upon a short staircase – Calle Almedina.
This is the historic access point to the old town – the entrance to the walled enclosure of Almedina (the historic old town that was surrounded by impressive defensive walls). Definitely check out this corner as it is located nearby other iconic spots like Castillo de Guzman el Bueno and El Mirador de Africa.
Location: Puerta de la Almedina
11. El Mirador de Africa
El Mirador de Africa or the Viewpoint of Africa is a charming corner in the town where you can enjoy amazing views of the Strait of Gibraltar and the mountains of Africa (can you spot them in the photos?). There is a small square with plants and benches next to it.
The square actually sits on the wall of the Old Town (Old Medina). In the corner of the square, there is an old tower that is integrated with the Medina wall. You can climb up and have a great view of the coastline. Entrance to the tower is free, however, it does have working hours.
Location: El Mirador de Africa
12. Iglesia de San Mateo Apóstol
Iglesia de San Mateo Apóstol is the main Catholic church in Tarifa. The church was built on an old mosque during the 16th century and features a beautiful Baroque facade. It is a magnificent sight both from the outside and the inside. Definitely stop by when visiting Tarifa!
Location: Iglesia de San Mateo Apóstol
13. Beaches of Tarifa
When visiting a beach destination, definitely go to the beach! 🙂 We visited Tarifa in spring so swimming or sunbathing was not on our minds, however, the water was full of kitesurfers and water sports enthusiasts. They really took advantage of the windy conditions that day!
But Tarifa is actually a great place for a beach day. There is a long sandy beach with shallow water almost surrounding the town. The part on the side of the Atlantic Ocean is definitely better suited for relaxing at the beach.
We found a spot on Isla de Tarifa to relax and enjoy a moment of peace while watching others perform on the waves. Don’t forget to snap a photo here as a keepsake from the Southernmost beach in Europe!
Location: Beaches of Tarifa
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Tarifa town is a hidden gem in Andalusia. It has these relaxed vibes and a Medieval charm combined. Whitewashed houses mix with ancient stone walls, castles, and churches. But the most important part – it is the Southernmost point of Spain and Europe!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this wonderful town and were happy to spend the whole day walking around the old town, getting to know its history, and exploring known and unknown corners. And I hope you enjoy it too!