Tarifa’s secret beach

Calling all beach bums!

Summer is getting nearer, and I am already planning my return to a beach that has me cronically longing for summer. First, you head to Tarifa. Then you continue past the huge Los Lances beach.

Few of Tarifa’s eclectic mix of bohemian travellers and dedicated kite surfers are aware that there’s a secret beach behind the dunes. I should probably not spill the beans on the www seeing that it’s a secret and all… but I trust that those who find my blog can be trusted to keep the secret.

Only a few years back this was military area, and you had to show your passport to a soldier in order to gain access to pass through the military zone. That’s how we ended up calling it the Soldier Beach. Its real name is still a mystery to me. Some people call it Playa El Mirlo thanks to the beach bar directly above it called El Mirlo. Others call it Playa Punta Paloma, because the whole area is called Punta Paloma. You could call it anything you like – it doesn’t really matter. This is an elemental kind of place, which allows you to forget about the commercially exploited Spanish costa life.

This is as virgin as it gets so close to a coast that attracts thousands upon thousands of tourists annually. However, few people come to this beach, and those who do appreciate the absence of deck chairs and rental umbrellas. They’re even glad there’s very limited parking to ensure this place will never become main stream.

My kids love it here! They snorkle in the crystal clear rock pools, they make cottages out of bamboo sticks and beach towels, they nip up to El Mirlo for an ice cream and they soak up nature the way it was intended. They stopped making comments about the nudists who occasionally walk by ages ago. This is heaven on Earth, I feel certain of it, and my beach bags are ready to go!



This post is part of the fun filled Lonely Planet Blogsherpa Travel Carnival about ‘Places you always Return to’. It is hosted over at www.nobeatenpath.com where Natalia has gathered some mouthwatering destinations!

Us exploring

Look out for Africa on the horizon

As soon as you arrive you sense that this is a special place you should feel lucky to have stumbled upon

This is what a virgin beach looks like


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