At a loss at what to do with your children when the wind blows hard in Tarifa, here are some ideas of what you can do together or they can do alone (giving you some time off!)…
Sand Surfing at Punta Paloma and Bolonia
Sand surfing on the dunes of Punta Paloma and Bolonia. Take along a body board, the Chinese supermarkets have cheap ones as do the big supermarkets in Algeciras or Decathlon.
Mud baths and slides
Mud baths at Punta Paloma, cover yourself in mud and then take a dip.. wonderful detoxing and skin cleansing..
Swim and Snorkel at Playa Chica
The little beach at the bottom of Europe with it’s causeway to the island and colourful mural is a unique and charismatic last slice of sand before Africa. Sheltered from the Strait’s fierce currents, with views of Africa and giant ferry coming and going, Playa Chica is a great place for kids to splash and swim and snorkel. Rock pools, freshwater showers, a kiosk, ample parking and all a short walk into Tarifa’s old Town make this a fun, easy and affordable adventure for families.
Tarifa Skate Park
With it’s concrete street course complete with pyramid, island, quarter pipe and various transitions and a split level 6-5ft mini half pipe, Tarifa Skate Park is fun on four wheels. Open 24 hours with night lights, close to the beach and local municipal pool it’s a must stop for any kid that likes to roll.
Other exciting adventures for the children and summer camps
Sabine is excellent with children, having two of her own.. she has lots of patience and encouragement for your kids as they navigate the rock faces of San Bartolome.
For children 5 years and up, so they can learn the basic skills of climbing. Rockclimbing on natural rocks supports respect and understanding for the nature and creates flexibility, power and stamina of the body.
Girasol Adventure also offer other kids friendly activities and baby sitters.
Sabine +34 652 868 929
Chris also from Girasol is the excellent tennis teacher from Tarifa and joint owner or Girasol. He teaches at the tennis courts at Polideportivo in Tarifa town.
Chris +34 615 456 506
Pony Riding with Aventura Ecuestre
Pony rides and camps – Stables run by young German and Swiss girls, who are all great with the children. There are plenty of small and docile ponies and horses for children to ride on the beach or in the countryside. Children also learn how to groom and look after the ponies.
+34 956 23 66 32 / +34 626 48 00 19
For ages 6 upwards when accompanied by an adult, from 8 years they can go in the individual carts.
Course 45 min………………… 28 €
Extra for a double cart………. 12 €
Km80 de la N340 a solo 3 km de Tarifa
+34 673 220 690
Quad Bikes for children
These can be found next to the landsailing.
Eco Spirit Summer Camps
Workshops and educational programs – horse riding, gardening & planting, cooking and baking, nature exploring walks, yoga, environment lectures, recycling, dance classes, reading.
Finca Portero Alto La Pena, Tarifa
+350 54024321 / +34 665386938
Bahia Park, Water Park Algeciras
Well-organised water park twenty minutes from Tarifa. Baby pool with slides for children’s of all ages. Wave pool with entertainment and dancing, jacuzzi, indoor play area, restaurants (fast food, sadly no healthy options). Sun loungers for rent so the grown ups can sunbathe and read their book! Wide range of slides and man made coolness. This is a must do for all children!
La Flow Surf & Skate School and Summer Camps
Fabulous surf and skate school run by the divine Rodrigo, he is brilliant with children, extremely patient and the kids have a ball. A favourite with my three.. On strong levante days when they can’t go the beach you will find the kids in the skatepark.
For future surfing champions La Flow Surf School offer group lessons at an affordable price. La Flow has surfboards and wetsuits and helmets, protective pads and skateboards, no need to bring your own kit.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Groups: minimum 6 children, maximum 10 children Ages 6-11 and 12-16 Duration: 3 days (2 hours per day) Price: 65 € Summer: every week
Location: Playa de los Lances
Rodrigo + 34 616 654 454
email@example.com or in the Standar store G. Primo de Rivera, 2 11380, Tarifa (Spain)
BiC watersports Centre
Summer camps available with sailing, stand up paddle, windsurfing, kayaking… Fabulous location with a small lake and the sea on access to the children.
Camino de La Isla s/n, Tarifa next to El Chiringuito
+34 956 23 62 69
Facinas swimming pool
If you don’t fancy the busy beaches on a windy day in Tarifa, why not head to Facinas’ outdoor pool. There is an excellent sized pool for bigger children and a small toddlers pool, not to mention a little kiosk where you can treat yourself to an ice cream after a session blowing bubbles and learning to swim in the pool.
Windsurf with Kristina
Spin Out at Tangana off windsurf camps for children throughout the year, they have huge amounts of experience and Kristina used to be an instructor at Club Med prior to this..
Tangana, Playa de Valdevaqueros, CN 340 km. 75,5
+34 956 23 63 52
Opening times: 10.30 – 19:00
The waterfalls at Arroyo de la Miel and La Garganta del Capitan, Algeciras
Stunning nature walks in Algeciras, 20 mins from Tarifa in Barriada El Cobre and the Natural Cork Forest. Fabulous activity to do with ones children, leave early as it is uphill, but you are rewarded by fabulous waterfalls and natural pools which are the most delicious temperature in August. Take a picnic.
Highly recommended Art Classes with Michele Franco in La Pena, Michele has been running art classes from her terrace for years, they run all year round and are extremely popular with tourists and the locals alike. Michele is German, but fluent in French, English and Spanish. Children paint and make sea pictures using their beach finds.
+ 34 669 359 821
AventurArte Summer Camps
9-14h Monday to Friday from 5 to14 years old
– Art (recycling, cermaics, installations, painting, balloons, clay body painting
– Nature, looking after the vegetable garden, watering and weeding, learning species names, watching birds hatch from their eggs and making bread.
– Sports: yoga, relaxation and stretching, paintball, kayak, watersports, juggling, Gymkana, rock climbing and Zip lining etc..
72E for the week / 16E a day
Mulitaventura Paloma, Ctra N340 Cadiz Malaga KM74
+ 34 627 287 398 / + 34 699 469 102
Whale-Dolphin-Orca Watching in the Straight of Gibraltar
The channel that connects the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and separates Africa from Europe is home to hundreds of large sea creatures. Some are passing through; some are here for the season and some live here all year round. Glass bottom boat tours leave daily from Tarifa Port.
Granja Escuela – Bilingue
A farm school that takes 4-11 year olds and teaches Spanish and English whilst playing and learning amongst horses, cattle, sheep, donkeys, ducks, geese, guinea pigs, rabbits and much more. A summer school with a difference, located 25 minutes from Tarifa on an organic cork and cattle farm. Run by my gorgeous husband Ben, and his sidekicks Victor and Enrique and the Helen Doron English School.
Zoo de Castellar
Not so much a zoo as an animal refuge that got really big, really fast due to the high number of contraband animals captured at the Algeciras port. This zoo is a hands on place. You can cuddle tiger kittens, hold birds of prey, play with monkeys and listen to staff who have immense knowledge and respect for their charges. This is not a typical zoo. An amazing experience.
Offering summer camps for July and August 2016.
Bolonia Sirocco Tarifa Babysitting Beach Club
Tarifa Babysitting have over 15 years of experience looking after children and this summer they have relocated to Bolonia Beach’s Sirocco Restaurant where they are offering childcare, games for children and learning activities.
Fluent in Spanish, English and Italian
+34 600 321 121
Teatro Alameda in the Tarifa
Alameda has a range of activities and programs running throughout the year that cater to children from La Feria de Mickey Mouse to children’s circus performances. There’s always something colourful and enticing for little people in the Alameda.
Circus School at the Polideportivo Tarifa
Fabulous circus school for children..