Tarifa: the European capital of the wind and a paradise for kitesurfing.
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, there are 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.
The Levante is warm and dry because it passes through the earth instead of coming directly from the sea. This wind direction is normally stronger than the Poniente, and usually blows from 20 to 50 knots. Blows all day and night. And although this wind does not fail, the Levante’s quality is not as good as that of the west, because it is usually more gusty, although that also depends on which spot you choose.
This wind comes from the west over the sea from the
Atlantic. It is a cooler and wetter wind, and even
in summer you can lower the temperature in Tarifa.
Normally the force of the wind will be around 10
and 25 knots, and it’s really constant. This wind lifts
normally in the afternoon, leaving the mornings very
How to read Windguru's forecast?
With Levante it is simple, you will get approximately what the modified wind says in the windguru forecast (3rd row), due to the venturi effect as the wind is channeled through the Strait of Gibraltar.
For Poniente, check the 3km or 9km WRF tables for a more accurate 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 is 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.
Out of season
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 Tarifa. Many shops and bars are closed until March, there are fewer people than commonly and the prices are lower.
March-May / Sept-Oct
In March all the bars and kitesurf shops open and prepare for the season. Temperatures are better than 16-20C and there are an average of 5 wind days per week. The good thing about the middle season is that the places are not so crowded, you can do kitesurfing anywhere.
You can 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 beach lovers. From June 1 to September 30 there is a rescue boat service available for conditions on the high seas, you can buy a card / rescue card that you can use in case of an emergency, we suggest you buy it in advance, from otherwise the rescue will cost much more. If you want to reach the points, you will need a car. They can get quite crowded, so it’s always good to get to the beach early to find a no-queue parking spot.
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