Tarifa’s eastern beach is a place less trodden, a far cry from the golden sands that disappear into the distance at Playa Los Lances, just west of the ferry port. It is a rocky beach with little in the way of sand at all; as if the mountains forgot to stop at the cliffs and spilled into the sea where they froze.
That description isn’t far from the truth as the rocks were formed by lava. Like much of the southern coast of Spain from Estepona and out to the Atlantic, the pitted volcanic rocks sit like millions of tiny catacombs in which insects and sea-life make their homes.
There are a few who prefer the eastern beach as it is far more secluded than Los Lances. There is an old house which lies in partial ruin although three men are currently working on it in the hope of making it into an arts and relaxation retreat (read here).
Tarifa’s eastern beach also offers the best views of Morocco and on a clear day you can see the white houses of the African neighbours in tiny pockets of existence along the mountainous coast.
Further east, up on the hills are plenty of walking opportunities and some small farms where horses and cows graze. An old finca lies in total ruin and the walls beside the wells there make for a great picnic spot and good photo opportunities.
The rocky ground is full on naturally formed intricacies like pitted rocks of pale blue, seams of quartz between cracked stone and plenty of rock pools where crabs scuttle and fish press against the sides to hide beneath sea plants.
Although more stark than the golden sands of Playa Los Lances, there is a refined beauty along Tarifa’s eastern beach which although you may have to look a little harder for, will reward you for your efforts.
Read about the dilapidated house on Tarifa’s easern beach, The duality of Tarifa, Playa Valdevaqueros and the proposed hotel complex there, or take a look at Playa Los Lances and Tarifa at night in pictures.
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