With the sea at your doorstep and the mountains behind you, Tarifa is the perfect place for nature lovers. Among hikers, however, this region of Spain is still considered an insider tip. Where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Ocean meet, dreamlike paths run along the coast. The colour palette of the landscape changes between dark greens of pine trees, reddish browns of the earth and the shining turquoise of the oceans. You will find vast forests, the scent of sea air and fantastic views around every corner. In this Collection, I have put together different routes around Tarifa for you. The south of Andalusia offers a huge variety of landscapes – you can choose whether you want to walk through woods, along cliffs or directly along the beach.
You will find seclusion, peace and the salty sea air on all our hikes, as well as fantastic views from the peaks that rise directly from the sea. Morocco is only 8.7 miles (14 kilometres) away and on clear days you can see individual buildings on the African coast. Two of the hikes start directly in the city of Tarifa and lead you through picturesque nature reserves. To get to the starting points of the other routes, you will need a car. The fresh breeze that blows all year round makes the climate pleasant even in summer. But sometimes the wind can be strong. It is worth taking this into account when planning your routes. With a strong wind in your back, it's easier to hike, but it can be challenging to walk against it. Don't forget to bring enough sun protection and water. Lodges and shelters, like in the Alps, are rare in Andalusia so untouched nature awaits you. You are more likely to meet horses, cows and goats than other hikers. Tarifa is a true natural paradise.
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You start at the parking lot near the village of Barbate in the nature reserve Parque Natural de La Breña y Marismas, a good 40 minutes by car from Tarifa. This 20 kilometer hike is characterized by breathtaking views of the Atlantic. Most of the time you walk directly along the coast, the last part to Los Caños de Meca through a pine forest with a sandy bottom. Shoes that reach over the ankle are an advantage here.