FAQ — most frequently asked questions about Tarifa
What is the weather in Tarifa?
The weather in Tarifa is wonderful. In summer it is not hot (up to +30C°), in winter it is not cold (not lower than +12C°). Spring begins in January and lets know about itself with the luxuriant blossoming in the fields and mountains turned green again. The water temperature in the ocean is +17C° in winter, and +22C° in summer. Summers are dry. It rarely rains. In winter the west wind from the ocean - Ponente - brings rainy and humid weather with it.
What wind is in Tarifa?
In Tarifa two wind directions prevail: Ponente - the wind from the ocean and Levante - the east wind from the continent. The wind is rather different in force and stability. When planning the courses always view the weather forecast on the websites www.windguru.com and www.windfinder.com.
Taking kitesurfing and windsurfing lessons is possible almost every day, but depending on the wind you should choose the correct equipment. At schools the trainers will help you with it. They will also help you to find the training place since the wind force can be absolutely different on different beaches.
How to get to Tarifa?
Scheduled flights from Moscow are available to Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, and Malaga. The airports near Tarifa include Malaga, Sevilla, and Jerez, while the closest airport is Gibraltar. Dozens of flights are offered by discounter airlines. The largest airport in this area is Malaga. From Malaga it takes an hour and a half to get to Tarifa.
Where can you surf in Tarifa?
In winter you can surf wherever in Spain. Therefore, the majority of the riders surf on Los Lances Beach right in the town. In summer the town beach is closed, and both kitesurfers and windsurfers move to the country beaches. Valdevaqueros Beach is considered to be the safest one. The wind always blows in-shore here, but there are a lot of chops. Los Lances Beach cannot but make glad. It is very broad and stretches for 7 km from Tarifa to the north. During Levante the surfing is a bit risky here, since the wind turns out to be offshore. It does not play any role for the trainees since the rescue service works well at the beach. The trainers know how to organize the lesson in order that the trainees feel themselves in comfortable and safe conditions. For surfing during Ponente the best way is to go to the beach by Arte Vida Hotel. During Levante it is better to go to Canios de Meca Beach. For windsurfing in Tarifa it is better to go to Valdevaqueros Beach. A special area is fenced for windsurfers where they have the advantage over all other surfers. For riding on the classical surf it is necessary once again to view the weather forecast and the wave height forecast on the website www.windfinder.com. El Palmar is the most ideal place for surfing. Surfers can also ride right in Tarifa. Playa Chico is the most favorite place for them.
Where to live in Tarifa?
There are a lot of hotels, hostels and apartments in Tarifa. One thing is for sure. There are no five-star and even four-star hotels in Tarifa. But three-star hotels can provide you sufficient comfort for every taste. Renting apartments is widespread in Tarifa. To live in them is much cheaper than in hotels. You can find apartments and hotels on the website: www.costasur.com.
What equipment is it better to rent?
Certainly, kite, sails and surfboard are to be rented proceeding from the wind force and your own physical form. Therefore, we recommend you to use the following option (the appropriate size).
By choosing this line when booking, you can choose the kite and the board directly suitable for you by specific wind and waves.
When renting equipment you should know that you are responsible for causing significant damage to the equipment (the significant damage is considered to be spoiling the equipment after which it cannot be repaired with saving of the former characteristics) or its loss. At schools you will be offered to insure the equipment when renting. The renting cost makes up 10 EUR per day and it is optional. The insurance of the equipment is not necessary by purchase (booking) of the course.
Where to go on arrival in Tarifa to start training?
After booking you will receive a voucher by email. It will contain the name of the school, its address, the start date of the lessons. We recommend you to come to the meeting in advance, perhaps even a day earlier and clarify the schedule.
How the schedule is designed?
The schedule is designed according to the weather forecast, the strength and direction of the wind. 10-hour training course takes about 3 days, but may last a week. So plan your vacation taking into account delays. Tarifa is the windiest place in Europe and the weather here is almost always windy. But sometimes there are failures. They need to be ready for. The school can offer you active leisure also in rare days of calm.
Life and equipment insurance.
It is not important whether you rent the equipment or book the training course, you should have medical insurance. If you are a tourist you should have sports medical insurance. The equipment insurance from loss or considerable damage is not compulsory. But we recommend having it. Ask about the conditions and the cost right at the school.
What do the lessons contain?
The lessons contain acquaintance with the equipment, the surfing conditions, the rules of conduct on the water, as well as studying the safety rules, the lessons on the beach, the lessons on the water without sails, and then standing up on the surfboard.
What lessons are better to take: group or individual?
The lessons are divided into individual and group. If you want just to try and are not sure in your wish to learn controlling the surfboard and the sails we recommend you to take group lessons. They consist of 10% theory, and the rest lessons are practical in the group under the guidance of the trainer. If the result is important for you and you do not want to waste your holidays in vain we advise you to take individual lessons. Here everything will depend on your physical fitness, your wishes, and all your questions will be answered.
Where is it better to study surfing?
It is better to study surfing in El Pamar or on Chico Beach — right in Tarifa.
What is SUP / paddleboard?
Those few days when there is no wind in Tarifa, it is possible to improve a new sport which is called in different ways - Paddle Surf, SUP, surfing with paddle, etc. Actually, it is a very exciting type of surfing. Its main difference is that you should pass the beating of waves with the help of the paddle instead of oaring with hands. When riding from the waves, the paddle also serves both as a wheel and balance. To learn it is rather simple. We recommend it.
Where is it better to rent a house?
The houses in Tarifa are divided into hotels and private houses.
All hotels are generally good, but they are comparatively not cheap. The off-season price for the double room begins from 50 EUR per night. The on-season price begins from 80 EUR per night, and you should also look for it. There are no four-star and five-star hotels in Tarifa. But there are good and very good three-star hotels. They are not worse than the Egyptian five-star hotels according to their service level. You can choose and book the desired hotel for you through our partners www.costasur.com. The private houses are divided into apartments and houses. Both apartments and houses are cheaper than hotels, but you should book them beforehand. The on-season prices increase twice. Thus, you can rent an apartment for 35–40 EUR per day in June, in July and August they will cost 100–150 EUR! The closer is the apartment to the sea, more expensive it is. Houses are generally offered in the nearest small village named La Pena. There you will find fresh air, excellent scene and unusual unification with the nature! You can book an apartment even at home on the same website: www.costasur.com!
How much does the housing cost in Tarifa?
The average prices for accommodation in Tarifa: May — June, September — October.
- Economy — 40–50 EUR per day;
- Near the ocean — 60–80 EUR per day.
The average prices for accommodation in Tarifa: July — August.
- Economy - 60–80 EUR per day;
- Near the beach — 120–150 EUR per day.
Kite equipment renting and IKO card.
IKO card is an internationally recognized standard according to which one can trust your surfing skills. But it is not a guarantee that you can surely go back to the very point from which you started. Therefore, when renting the equipment for kitesurfing on this website you should estimate your skills adequately. If you are not sure in your skills even having an IKO card, you should better consult with the school. Think, maybe, you should take a trainer. If you have no IKO card, but you feel yourself confident on the board with kite and you are without the equipment, you can rent the equipment even without it. But then you should take a trainer for 1 hour in order that he confirmed your skills. The equipment for windsurfing, surf and SUP is given without any documents.
What school is better?
We reserve the right not to give recommendations about the schools. We just tell you one thing - all the schools listed on the website have the necessary permits for training, insurance for trainees, the rescue service and the qualified trainers.
How to pay?
Payment is carried out to the bank account - the owner of the safety system for online payments. The bank and the system have even larger history, than our website. The system exists since 2010 and today it obtained the highest appreciation of safety and convenience in Germany. The money transferred accidentally, by mistake, not in that volume, not to that recipient will be definitely transferred to you back!
How to book?
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How to repay money?
In those rare cases when surf-tarifa.com notifies the customer on refusal less than 48 hours before the receiving of the equipment or the course, then surf-tarifa.com will provide full return of all paid money and compensate other losses suffered by the client in connection with the non-compliance with the agreement from the part of surf-tarifa.com.
If the client places the initial deposit when booking and surf-tarifa.com notifies the customer 7 days before the receiving of the services, the client will receive the return of all paid money.
Repaying is carried out to the account from which the payment for the service was carried out. The repaying of money is carried out within 5 working days.