Tarifa has an extreme microclimate: considerably cooler in summer and warmer in winter than the rest of continental Spain and then there’s its unique winds that typically blow on over 80% of days each year!
The Straits of Gibraltar create a venturi effect as it funnels either the ‘Levante’ (easterly winds from Africa) or the ‘Poniente’ (westerly Atlantic winds) through the narrow channel. If that wasn’t enough, even on calmer days local thermal conditions can create sufficient wind to surf. Little wonder then that Tarifa’s, ‘Playa de los Lances’ and adjacent Valdevaqueros and Punta Paloma have become one of the world’s most popular destinations for wind and kite surfers.
The town boasts some 70 kite surfing schools and the summer months can bring over 600 kites out off Playa de los Lances alone and multi-kite ‘pile-ups’ are not unknown!
Alas, there’s no Brighton Pier to jump!
The Google map below clearly shows how the terrain acts to funnel the winds through the Straits of Gibraltar, especially the Levante blowing from the east. Tarifa is the blue dot.