Daily Wanderlust: Tarifa, Spain

Written by on March 26, 2012 in Destinations - 6 Comments

Tarifa, Spain. The sign at the edge of the beach says: “the southest town in Europe.”

The way the wind whips my hair and pushes the crashing surf, it definitely seems like a dramatic point on the continent.

This little beach town is the place where the Atlantic Ocean crashes into the Mediterranean, and where the narrow Strait of Gibraltar carries people from Europe to Africa.

My favorite part about Tarifa, other than the quiet beaches? Being able to see Africa across the water. Shortly after this photo was taken, I boarded the ferry to Tangier, which would lead me to the land of one-thousand welcomes and the marvelous colors of Chefchaouen.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Spain. Previously, she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked for Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park, an organization dedicated to rescuing elephants and raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. A former career breaker and long-term solo traveler,  today, Diana is a responsible elephant tourism expert and the co-founder of #RTTC, the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, which includes a weekly chat on Twitter focusing on responsible tourism. She has spoken about responsible tourism at TBEX Europe and Asia and has appeared as an elephant tourism expert in numerous documentaries. Recently, Diana was featured in an episode of House Hunters International. She is a regular contributor to Top 10 Vegas, and her writing has appeared in About.com, Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Luna Luna, Vegas Seven, World Nomads, Viator, CheapOair, OneTravel and more.

6 Comments on " Daily Wanderlust: Tarifa, Spain "

  1. Christine March 27, 2012 at 3:35 am · Reply

    When were you here? That’s right where I live!

    • Diana March 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm · Reply

      Awwww! I was there in June 2010. Seems like an entire lifetime ago!

  2. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures March 27, 2012 at 7:46 am · Reply

    How cool to see another continent from across the ocean!

    • Diana March 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm · Reply

      It was soooo cool! There is something so magical about standing in Spain and seeing Africa a few miles away!

  3. Jen June 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm · Reply

    Hi I love your post on Tarifa,I found it on Lonely Planet. I have recently moved to that area from London and I had a surfing weekend there recently, I’ll be visiting lots I’m sure. I also went backpacking for a few months, it was the best year ever :)

    • Diana June 12, 2012 at 11:22 am · Reply

      Thank you for stopping by! Tarifa is gorgeous, isn’t it? Enjoy your travels!

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