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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Beautiful beaches in Tarifa and the Costa de la Luz

Drove to Camping Paloma via toll motorway, much better than using the free one. Tarifa is a great place to go if you are into Kite or Wind surfing. In Tarifa, we went for a walk on Playa de Valdevaqueros with Scoobie where the were hundreds of kite surfers and some windsurfers in the sea and on the beach. As we were walking along a kite suddenly dive bombed us and I let go of Scoobie and fended off the kite, good job it didn't have a heavy frame or I would have had a broken arm. Scoobie was very frightened and had her tail between our legs and was desperately trying to pull me off the beach, not happy at all. We walked along the beach in the dunes and Scoobie calmed down a bit.

Playa de Valdevaqueros on Sunday




Scoobie terrified after almost being killed by a kite


Went for a 30 km bike ride from the campsite around Tarifa and back. On the way back we called in at Mercadona for something for dinner as the restaurants nearby were closed on Mondays, we bought cheese pies and they just happened to be the last two, which is always the case in every Mercadona that we shop in. Walked for an hour along the beach, no dive bombing today as it was Monday and the surfers were all back at work, so Scoobie enjoyed it.

Where have all the surfers gone

Moved to Zahora where we found a wonderful campsite called Camping Pinar San Jose that had first class facilities and was only one kilometre from the beach. Walked to the beach at Canos de Meca to find lovely sand and very few people. There was no wind so we walked towards the lighthouse at Cap de Trafalgar, it is such a beautiful beach that it is hard to imagine the loss of life that took place during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, then we cut across the dunes back to the campsite.

Canos de Meca beach with Cap Trafalgar in the background


Had a meal across the road from the campsite at Hostal Restaurante Los Pinos. We were disappointed with the meal, it looked nice but the portions were small and nothing special.
The wind got up during the night but we still went for a bike ride which was not easy, but it was fairly flat. Had a meal in the campsite restaurant, which was very nice.

Look what we saw on our bike ride




Went to Camping Rosaleda in Conil de la Frontera, which was the best campsite on the trip, with spacious plots and very modern services. In the evening we had a choice of entertainment, line dancing or whist, both of which we declined.
Walked into town and onto another fabulous beach of Conil de la Frontera where one person actually braved the sea, too cold for us.

Conil de la Frontera beach

15 comments:

  1. What a surprising find. Was the snake still alive? Looks like it tried to bite its own tail. Or just chill a little bit... Nice trek!

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    1. I think it was still alive but I didn't touch it to find out. Thanks

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  2. Such an interesting place - with fascinating nature and wildlife (and Scoobie)

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    1. Yes it is very nice, better to go during the winter as I think it would be too crowded with surfers in the summer. Scoobie enjoyed it apart from the attack by the kite.

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  3. Tarifa and the surroundings are beautiful! But it's very very windy! It's good for the kites but bad for being on the beach

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  4. Yes it is windy most days but we had 3 days with no wind on our trip.

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  5. wow, that looks amazing! especially the one with your bowwow made me visit this beach so badly! it looks so much fun!

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    1. Yes there are some beautiful beaches all along this part of the coast. It does get windy at times though.

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  6. Looks like you had some great time in Tarifa! Canos de Meca beach seems like a quiet place to chill :)

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  7. Nice pics! Hate your dog got scared, poor thing.

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  8. Yes she didn't like it at all, but she has recovered now

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  9. It looks beautiful there! It would be fun to watch the kite surfers, from a distance. :-) Very cool spot.

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  10. We've been to Tarifa a few times (windsurfing), had no wind!!! Last time was a few years ago, my brother got married there.

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    1. You were very unlucky when we were there it was windy about 60 percent of the time

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