Playa de Bolonia is ranked top for the stunning dunes, great kite surfing and chilled out hippy vibe. It is a short drive out of Tarifa and worth the trip, especially if you combine it with a visit to Baelo Claudia, the most comprehensive remains of a Roman town on the Iberian Peninsula. This includes remains of the city walls, gate, administrative buildings and temples, shops, a market, Roman baths and theatre. There’s an excellent visitor centre which offers a good overview of the site and it’s very close to Playa de Bolonia. Beware that the beach gets very busy in peak summer, but if you are happy to walk a little away from the cafés and bars then you can usually find a nice spot.
Playa de Valdevaqueros is highly recommended for kite surfing. The surfers give it a cool, laidback vibe and there are some great bars with live music and good food. Whether you’re surfing or just watching you will enjoy it. The beach bar Tumbao comes highly recommended, but there is no shade on this beach, so bring an umbrella or a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
Los Laces is Tarifa’s main beach and it comes very popular as it’s long, wide and clean, with wonderful sand. You can head out from the town and walk for miles, sunbathe, kite surf, or just breathe in the fresh sea air. The sunsets are amazing.