Perhaps, my lonesome twenty minutes of sunbathing & daydreaming at the sunny beaches of Tarifa have been the most intense of my whole trip to the province of Cádiz, Andalusia. Even though we are once more pushing the cliché of “sol y playa”, it cannot be denied: Turquoise seas, view over African mountains in the distance, a light breeze of “Levante”, a (heart)warming 25°C and an impeccably blue sky. Just beautiful. Our mission to prove that Spain, and especially the province of Cádiz in Andalusia had (a lot) more to offer than sunshine and beach life has led my partner and me travelling all the way from the city of Cádiz past the famous “white villages” of Andalusia, Vejer de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera and into Bolonia as well as Tarifa. To meet with the locals, enter their hearts, kitchens and front doors. What & who we met along the way is what I am going to share with you now.
Beckoning views over the Atlantic Ocean: Tarifa, at the southern-most tip of Spain, serves as an international hotspot for surfing, fishing and cooking. Seafood, of course!
“People start getting crazy with the rise and fall of the Levante”, the locals tell us about their (in)famous coastal winds. And it is true: Strong winds, funnelled by the narrow stretch of the Straight of Gibraltar, blow kite surfers across the sea, the heat away from the streets and offer little relief to those affected by its micro-climate change. Probably a little similar to the “Föhn” winds we have in the valleys of Tirol, Austria?
It is a good idea, therefore, to start with a quiet and relaxing break at charming hotel La Casa De La Favorita. This place has many a stories to tell, and Tomás the owner knows how to do so by putting his spell on us … Thanks to his organisational talent and dedicated care, we get to know surfboard designer Daniel, visit the fish factory “La Conservera de Tarifa” as well as a bread mill on the countryside. Oh and did we tell you about our wonderful Paella cooking class at the recently opened Silos19 restaurant yet? … !Ay qué rico!
Food lovers we are …
… and so, it had to happen. We simply fell in love: With Pepe Luis and his team, for instance, our charming and wonderful cook at the recently opened Silos19 restaurant. And with our Paella, of course … Man, I tell you. We have been cooking, cutting, stirring and treading for almost two hours, and I can honestly say that this Paella has been the best I have cooked in my whole life. Proud, we take to the table for lunch where we are served wine & mussels in addition to Pepe Luis telling us more of his cooking secrets (“os voy a decir un secreto …”). If you love food, go for a cooking class here in Tarifa teaching you everything you need to know about local lifestyle and culinary traditions. A little later, we also head out to the bread mill Pan Macho in the countryside of Tarifa: An experience in its own right. Have a look at this.
Did you know? Tarifa is an international hotspot for kite surfers from all over the world.
In addition, this mundane little city bordered by the Atlantic & Mediterranean Oceans displays a great open attitude, an international flair, beautiful sandy beaches and fascinating opportunities for watching whales & dolphins. Here, you will find “beach boys” (and girls) as well as surfers from all over the world: If you, like us, like to learn more about what makes a place tick, we therefore recommend you go see Daniel in his surfboard workshop in Tarifa. Daniel is a calm, relaxed guy who knows and loves his surfboards & waves like nobody else. Next time we come, we really must take a kite surfing course – watching the kites fly at sunset is simply too much of a magic.
“What else?” Let me think. Hm. More travel photos please? 😀