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article imageOp-Ed: Sunday travel — Tarifa, Spain — Chill out with cows on the beach Special

By Anne Sewell     Apr 29, 2012 in Travel
Tarifa - Tarifa is world-famous for its wind-surfing and beaches and is one of the best chill-out locations on the Costa de la Luz. While visiting Tarifa pop down to the dunes of Bolonia.
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.
Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain - Morocco view.
Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain - Morocco view.
Mark Winston Sewell
View to Morocco from the hillside - Tarifa  Spain
View to Morocco from the hillside - Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
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.
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
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.
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
A very laid back town, where even the cows chill out on the beach. Healthy animals living free.
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
You'll see some sheep too, with their doggie herders.
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
Strolling along the beach front is a pleasure, with wooden pathways built for comfortable and easy walking.
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
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.
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
The dunes are 30 meters in height and around 200 metres in width.
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
Local farmers allow their stock to roam free.
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal  Tarifa  Spain
La Duna de Bolonia and Punta Camarinal, Tarifa, Spain
Mark Winston Sewell
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!
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