Thank you for that article, hopefully Tarifa council will listen to the protests against more building!
Having had a country house in Tarifa, where my parents lived for over twenty years, I live in fear that this wonderful unspoiled area will become over developed. You may have read some of my posts on Tarifa and Marbella forums singing its praises, but perhaps I shouldn't so we can keep Tarifa our beautiful secret! Most of the recent buildings are hideous, unfortunately, and as for yet another golf course?! Does Spain really need more golf courses? I don't actually play golf, but it doesn't seem too far to drive to one from Tarifa. I must say I was surprised when following my suggestion to go Tarifa for incredible beaches, a forum poster said they didn't think Tarifa beaches 'were all that great' and that they thought Bournemouth in the UK has a better beach. Well, indeed Bournemouth has very fine beaches, but I don't think one can really compare the two, its like saying who is the worlds best singer, Tony Bennett or Elvis? Or who is the world's most beautiful actress, etc etc! I have been lucky and seen some of the worlds most glorious beaches, Gibbes and Worthing in Barbados and Darkwood and Turner's in Antigua are some that spring to mind, but I still think Tarifa is up there with the best!
I agree with you that Tarifa has superb beaches. I went when I was young. The beauty is that there was little development when I went. I think we have had too much development in the Costa del Sol, but that happens when people are lured to a beautiful area. Then they want to buy property there and the area becomes overdeveloped.
Last year I and my partner traveled through Andalucia from Cabo de Gata to Tarifa and then through Granada and Seville. It was a glorious journey, and we both fell in love with Tarifa and returned this past month. The surrounding beaches- Valdevaqueros and zahara de los atunes are spectacular and the 'neighborhood' playa los lances is stunning as well. The pueblo blanco Vejer de la Frontera was breathtaking and charming. We drove to Cadiz and enjoyed our day there as well.....had a fabulous meal at La Bodeguita de Plocia on Calle Placia. The lamb was amazing, and so was the flan! It saddens me to consider that the ambiance of Tarifa may be tarnished by overdevelopment. It is truly a home away from home for me. The old historic town with all it's charm and amazing tapas bars, restaurants San Mateo Church and stunning beach is hard to replicate. I hope it will stay preserved as is.
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