The entire area surrounding Tarifa, Costa de la Luz, is absolutely stunning and there is a tremendous sense of good energy about the place. Nowhere encapsulates the beauty more than Playa Valdevaqueros with its golden/white sand, deep blue Atlantic waves, the climbing dunes and the green hills in the background; a place that some would like to ruin by building a luxury hotel complex and more unnecessary houses.
It is arguable that Playa Valdevaqueros is the most beautiful beach in all of Spain, certainly I wouldn’t argue against it. The vast stretch of sand which forms part of the Parc Natural del Estrecho is gloriously wide and deep, able to cater for thousands of sun-worshippers and kite surfers at a time yet still leave space to breathe.
The views of Morocco some 20km across the narrow Straights of Gibraltar and Tarifa to the east add to the visual bouquet and the cows grazing on the grassy banks of the hills behind upon which wind farms silently gather energy from the abundance of nature all create an escapist dream come true; far from the madding crowd as they say.
There are plenty of wind and kite surfing schools too, many attached to the chriniguitos where you can refresh yourself on the hot summer days. There are plenty of places to park and some of these spots are ideal for a few days of wild camping – just keep your head down at night, don’t make a mess and leave the place in better condition than you found it.
A few other points of note are the abandoned military outposts (although the radar tower was still working when we drove by), a few of which are quite close to the beach. They have been cemented up to little effect as people have managed to break in and litter them with mattresses and discarded beer cans, etc.
That aside, the rocky edges, sandy shores and stunning vistas abound, Playa Valdevaqueros is undoubtedly the most stunning beach in Spain, possibly even Europe. And I stand by that.
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