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Kitesurfing in Tarifa Guide

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Tarifa Kitesurfing Guide - All you need to know

What types of wind will I get in Tarifa?

What is the best time of the year for kitesurfing in Tarifa?

How to interpret the forecast and where to go depending on the weather condition?

Which spot has waves or flat water? 

If you had at least one of the questions above then this guide will give you the answers you were looking for.

Jump straight to:

1. Wind in Tarifa

2. How to read Windguru for Tarifa

3. Kite season in Tarifa

4. Kite spots in Tarifa

4.1 Los Lances (La Jaima)

4.2 Balneario

4.3 Río Jara (Lagoon)

4.4 Los Lances Norte

4.5 Valdevaqueros and Punta Paloma

4.6 Río Jara (Wave spot)

4.7 Arte Vida y Hotel Dos Mares

5. Kite spots outside Tarifa

5.1 Getares

5.2 Palmones

5.3 Bolonia

5.4 Los Caños de Meca

5.5 Sotogrande

 

A short flight from almost any European city to Malaga, Seville, Jerez or Gibraltar will take you to Tarifa and directly to the ideal conditions that you can enjoy during the whole year.

Not only limited to kiting or windsurfing, but there are also a lot of things you can enjoy here:

Mediterranean food, stand up paddling, surfing, mountaineering, mountain biking, horseback riding, and a very lively nightlife are just some of the things you can enjoy in Tarifa.

 

Wind in Tarifa

Levante

The Levante is warm and dry because it passes through the land instead of coming directly from the sea.

This wind direction is normally stronger than the west and usually blows from 20 to 50 knots. Typically it blows all day and night.

And although this wind does not fail, the Levante’s quality is not as good as Poniente, because it is usually gustier, although that also depends on which spot you choose.

 

Poniente

This wind comes from the west over the sea from the Atlantic.

It is a cooler and more humid wind, and even in summer, it can lower the temperature in Tarifa.

Normally the wind will be around 10 and 25 knots, and it is constant.

This wind normally rises in the afternoon, leaving the mornings very calm.

 

How to read Windguru's forecast?

Check Windguru forecast for Tarifa

With Levante is simple, you will get approximately what the modified wind says in the forecast of Windguru (3rd row), due to the venturi effect as the wind is channeled through the Strait of Gibraltar.

How to read levante wind in Tarifa

 

For Poniente, check the 3km or 9km WRF tables for a more precise forecast, but of course, it would be best to ask anyone at the kite point or simply check the conditions through the webcams.

If it shows more than 10 knots, there is a high probability that the wind will be around 15-18 knots.

In summer, if the forecast is less than 10 knots, there is a very high possibility of thermal wind in Valdevaqueros.

 

How to read poniente wind in Tarifa

 

Kite seasons in Tarifa

Low season

Nov-Feb

There is still wind in Tarifa, it is usually around 4 wind days per week.

The temperature is between 10-18C and there is more chance of rain.

Sometimes there is good swell from the Atlantic, so you can surf in or around Tarifa.

Many shops and bars are closed until March, there are fewer people than commonly and the prices are lower.

 

Midseason

March-May / Sept-Oct

In March all the bars and kitesurf shops open and prepare for the season.

The temperatures are better around 16-20C and there is an average of 5 wind days per week.

The good thing about the middle season is that the town and kite spots are not so crowded, you can do kitesurfing wherever you want.

This is our favorite season, and we recommend to come at this time to enjoy Tarifa to the fullest.

 

High season

June-August

You can only kite at Los Lances Norte, Valdevaqueros and Punta Paloma.

In Los Lances there are divided kite zones for schools and kitesurfers.

In Valdevaqueros there are areas for kitesurfers and beachgoers.

From June 1 to September 30 there is a rescue boat service available for Levante conditions, you can buy a rescue card that you can use in case of an emergency. 

We suggest you buy it in advance, otherwise, the rescue will cost much more.

If you want to reach the kite spots, you will need a car. They can get quite crowded, so it’s always good to get to the beach early to find a parking spot.

 

Kite spots in Tarifa

Here we give you an overview of the best beaches for kiting and their main characteristics.

 

Los Lances (La Jaima)

Wind: Poniente

Parking and accessibility: parking is next to the football stadium and if you are living in the city you can easily reach on foot.

Hazards and restrictions: It is forbidden to kite during the summer season.

Level: All levels

Perfect for: Freeride and wave.

Other notes: There are some good waves during the winter season and you can have flat sections between the waves. It is the main spot for kitesurfing during the low season and midseason.

 

Balneario

Wind: Levante and Poniente

Parking and accessibility: There is limited free parking just in front of the place, there is a bigger parking lot next to the castle. If you live in the old part of the city you can reach the place on foot in 5-10 minutes.

Expert: level

Hazards and restrictions: Prohibited to kite in the summer season. When Levante is blowing it is completely offshore and there is a small area of wind. There are stones in the place. Strong current.

Perfect for: Freestyle and big air during Levante. Freeride and wave during Poniente.

Check out Balneario webcam

 

Río Jara (Lagoon)

Wind: Poniente

Parking and accessibility: Most people park at the football stadium and then go kiting or walking to Rio Jara.

Hazards and restrictions: It is extremely dangerous to kite at the mouth of the river, as it has a very strong current. It is illegal to kite in the lagoon, sometimes the police come to take out the kiters.

Level: All levels

Perfect for: Freestyle and Freeride

Other notes: When the tide is at its maximum then the lagoon fills, during the low tide the lagoon is very small and almost impossible to kite.

Check out Rio Jara webcam

 

Los Lances Norte

Wind: Levante and Poniente

Parking and accessibility: There is a large parking lot next to the Chiringuito Agua and the Chiringuito Wave

Level: All levels

Hazards and restrictions: Respect the zones, especially the school zone

Perfect for: Freeride

Other notes: During the summer season there are two divided zones, one for schools and the other for all kitesurfers. During the Levante there are rescue boats that operate in the area, we suggest you buy your rescue tokens otherwise it will cost much more if you need to be rescued.

 

Valdevaqueros and Punta Paloma

Wind: Levante and Poniente

Parking and accessibility: There are 4 main parking spaces: Valdevaqueros, Chiringuito Tangana, Casa Porros (Bibo), and Punta Paloma. In summer there is a charge of €5 for parking.

Level: All levels.

Hazards and restrictions: During the summer season, the kite area is small and very crowded.

During low tide, there are rocks (To the left of the kite area), many bathers.

Perfect for: freeride, freestyle, and wave.

Other notes: This is the place where you get thermal wind during the summer, so it works most days, even when the forecast is really light.

Check out Valdevaqueros webcam 1 & webcam 2

 

Río Jara (Wave spot)

Wind: Levante

Parking and accessibility: Park next to the football stadium and walk to the point.

Expert: level

Hazards and restrictions: It is forbidden to kite during the summer season. Offshore wind and no rescue available.

Perfect for: Waves

Other notes: Only works when there is Levante and swell from the Atlantic.

 

Arte Vida y Hotel Dos Mares

Wind: Poniente

Parking and accessibility: Parking next to the Hotel Arte Vida.

Level: Intermediate-Expert

Hazards and restrictions: It is forbidden to kite during the summer season.

Perfect for: Waves and freeride

Other notes: When there is a good swell it is a very good place for waves during the middle and low season.

Check out Arte Vida webcam

 

Kite spots outside Tarifa

Getares

Wind: Levante

Parking and accessibility: Large parking lot next to the beach.

Level: Intermediate-Expert

Perfect for: Freeride and waves

Hazards and restrictions: Kite prohibited in the summer season. Strong current. Strong shore break.

Other notes: It only works when there is a strong Levante in Tarifa.

 

Palmones

Wind: Levante

Parking and accessibility: There is limited parking next to the place, but many places to park a little further down.

Level: All levels

Hazards and restrictions: Kite prohibited in the summer season. It is illegal to kitesurf in the river and in the swamps.

Perfect for: Freeride

Other notes: It only works when there is a strong Levante in Tarifa.

 

Bolonia

Wind: Levante and Poniente

Parking and accessibility: Lots of parking space in front of chiringuito Sirocco.

Level: All levels.

Hazards and restrictions: Kite prohibited in the summer season.

Perfect for: Freeride / Wave in winter, and windsurfing.

Other notes: Normally it is a place for windsurfing. In the winter you can get good waves.

Check out Bolonia webcam

 

Los Caños de Meca

Wind: Strong Levante, is usually lighter by few knots than Tarifa, but not as light as Palmones and Getares.

Parking and accessibility: There is a car park next to bar Las Dunas that costs €2.

Level: Intermediate-Expert

Hazards and restrictions: It is forbidden to kite in the summer season, but normally there is no problem. There are rocks on the right side of the spot.

Perfect for: Freeride and waves.

Check out Los Caños de Meca webcam

 

Sotogrande

Wind: Levante

Parking and accessibility: There is parking just in front of the beach, next to the harbor entrance.

Level: Intermediate-Expert

Perfect for: Freeride and waves

Hazards and restrictions: It is forbidden to kite in the summer. The waves can get quite big with the stormy Levante.

Other notes: It only works when there is a strong Levante in Tarifa

 

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