Tarifa is a town in the Cadiz Province in the Andalucia region of Spain. It is located in the southernmost point of the continental Europe where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet. This is also one of the narrowest parts of the Strait of Gibraltar as there is only 14 kilometers of sea dividing Tarifa from Africa.
The walled Old Town town has only been mildly spoiled by the mass tourist developments that have ravaged the coasts of most of Spain. Much of the surrounding coastline is still protected by law and a few kilometers to the west of the town are two of Spain's most beautiful beaches. First settlement was present here already in the Roman times. Tarifa was held by numerous lords and many battles took place in the area throughout the history, which indicates its strategic importance. Tarifa was given its present name after the attack of Tarif ibn Malik in 710, a Berber military commander of Musa bin Nusayr. While Tarifa is also a ferry and a fishing port it is nowadays most famous as a holiday destintaion and the European Mecca of kiteboading.