The small coastal town of Tarifa is located in the Cádiz province of Andalucia. Situated on the Costa de la Luz (coast of light), Tarifa is the southernmost town in the country.
Placed just across the Straits of Gibraltar from Morocco, you get some amazing views of the Moroccan coast.
The town is famous for its chilled out vibe and well supported by the wind-surfing community, due to the almost constant winds that blow there.
Unlike the browner Costa del Sol sand, beaches in Tarifa are an endless white sandy vista.
The town of Tarifa is surrounded by five smaller villages - Tahivilla, Facinas, Bolonia and Zahara de los Atunes.
The images in this photo essay are of Bolonia and its famous dunes.
A protected natural park, the Dunes of Bolonia and the Punta Camarinal (Camarinal point) is a stunningly beautiful area. Combining forests and beaches, this is a wonderful place to hike or stroll.
A very laid back town, where even the cows chill out on the beach. Healthy animals living free.
You'll see some sheep too, with their doggie herders.
Strolling along the beach front is a pleasure, with wooden pathways built for comfortable and easy walking.
The dunes of Bolonia consists of a trail of dunes that head in the direction of Punta Camarinal, an ancient coastal shelf. Its origin and movement are both due to the high winds which come from the east. Various initiatives are being carried out in order to stabilize the movement of these dunes and allow native plant species to be planted.
The dunes are 30 meters in height and around 200 metres in width.
Local farmers allow their stock to roam free.
My son Mark and his girlfriend Holly spent a very pleasant weekend in the area and stayed at a chilled out and attractive hotel
around 100 metres from the beach. With beautiful gardens for relaxation, they both recommend the hotel highly.
So when visiting the south of Spain, try Tarifa and its surrounding communities. Perfect for a chilled out holiday in the sun
and also very handy for the ferry over to Morocco!