Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Tarifa has some historical sights, but is mostly known for its excellent kitesurfing/windsurfing conditions. In fact it’s one of the best places in the world to surf or skirt above the waves with the help of a big kite and a lot of wind, and there are places that will teach you how to do so, for a pretty fee, over the course of three days. There are also whale-watching expeditions that depart from Tarifa, and what are supposed to be some spectacular beaches. But I was only passing through.
My original intent was to drop off the bulk of my luggage somewhere in Tarifa and reclaim it when I pass through on the return. But there are no left luggage lockers in either the bus station or the port. But I figured I could approach the local hostel, or a hotel, and ask them to hold my luggage for a few days. They’d get paid something, and they’d still have all their rooms available for rent. Seemed to me like a sweet deal for both parties concerned, but the first place I approached was emphatic in their declination. In fact they seemed angry, like I was trying to cheat them out of the normal fee for the bed I wouldn’t be sleeping in. And here I thought I’d be doing them a favor. Not so.
To heck with that, I thought, I might as well just bring my bags with me to Morocco. Makes a lot more sense than paying for my accommodation twice over.
A few shots of Tarifa on the way down to the port: