dunes

my favourite restaurant

so 2 weeks in vejer just flew by – it was unusually windy, not a cold breeze, but a hot gust – levante – coming from the sahara;  fortunately its this wind that keeps the town bearable from the heat and if you sit in front of one of the many chiringuitos on the beach, you will barely feel the whip of sand.  the sea is always refreshing at this time of year.  what you must not do is sit on the beach during 12 – 5pm – the art is arriving at a nearby restaurant, taking a leisurely lunch, then moving to the beach.  we have several favourites – conil and la fontanilla, el palmar and nacarum (formally la chanca),  but my favourite is la taberna de el campero in zahara, followed by a dip in the sea on the lovely beach, which is surrounded by dunes and desert plants.

dunes

Just outside of Tarifa are the dunes, along side  the beaches of Playas Vaqueros and Punta Paloma,  where you can also  marvel at the kite surfers, doing their somersaults in the air and riding the waves at an incredible speed.

The dunes are surrounded by pine forests , have incredibly white fine sand and makes you feel that you are lost somewhere in a desert!  (But you are still in spain)  The kids just love jumping down the sides of the slopes, though dont do this in the midday heat of the sun!!  Funnily enough , you are only 35 mins away by hovercraft to Tangier!   You can see the mainland of Morocco from the dunes.  You can pick up a daily boat from Tarifa to Tangier, have lunch, explore the souk and then get back again to mainland Spain that same day.