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Tarifa Kitesurfing

Listed under Kitesurfing in Andalucia, Spain.

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On the southern tip of Spain is Tarifa: "The wind capital of Europe". With both a cross off shore wind blowing at around 50 or 60 miles an hour and cross on shore wind blowing at between 15 and 20 coming from the ocean and the mountains Tarifa is sandwiched between the location is perfect for varied wind conditions and challenging kiting. Because of the wind this is a good place for both learners and pros. and learners will have the added bonus of having something to watch when it's too gusty to practice. There are five or six schools for beginners to choose from, usually teaching in the morning and leaving the long flat beaches to the more experienced kiters in the afternoons.

As well as kitesurfing there are loads of things to do in Tarifa, from exploring the history of the place (it's near north Africa so there are flavours of varied cultures.), to relaxing on the beach, to enjoying the nightlife of kitesufing and windsurfing bars (it's mainly a kite spot but there are some keen windsurfers.) so it's a laid back place to bring kiting widows or widowers.

You need about a week here but you can kite out of season if you don't mind quieter nightlife.

Written by  Adam Jones.

Other expert and press reviews

“Tripping the Light Fantastic”

By Mike Carter for The Guardian. First published Saturday October 4, 2008. ...I walk down the steep hillside from El Cancho, zigzagging through the eucalyptus trees, dodging the cattle, and across the main coast road to the beach. The breeze has comple… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Guardian, 4th October 2008

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Best Kitesurfing in Europe?!

Tarifa is a great place whether you are a learner o experienced kitesurfer. If you want lessons or supervision I would recommend KTS Tarifa who have great instructors with a strong onus on safety.

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What are the beaches like? As in what kind of shape and winds and waves?

Dragon Kite School

Tarifa is arguably the best place to kite-surf in all of Europe, and Dragon Kite School is a well-known place to take courses in the increasingly popular sport. The school is unique in that you communicate with your instructor via walkie-talkie while you kite surf off the windy beaches. All instructors are certified by the International Kitesurfing Organization (IKO), and all manner of lessons are offered – beginner, intermediate, advanced, group, and private lessons.

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