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Located at the southernmost tip of Spain, where the Med meets the Atlantic, Tarifa is famous for being the European Capital of kite-surfing. It is a small town with a walled old centre and a Moorish fort, offering fantastic water-sports all year round thanks to its reliable breezes and its kilometres of white sandy beaches. The town caters all needs of water-sports enthusiasts, who come from around the world to take advantage of its strong winds and waves.

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Camping sites, apartments and hotels stretch along the beach just off old town, a wide range of restaurants and bars provide the best of the local gastronomy and wines, nightlife always ready for relaxing evenings and nights – nonetheless, most consider Tarifa has the most chilled out atmosphere ever.

Are you travelling with your surfer friends but prefer a more relaxed activity? No worries, non-surfers are well catered too, with a fascinating nature and ancient history backing in time to Moorish and Roman Empire eras.  The coastline is as popular with nature-lovers as with its unconditional surfing crowd. Bird-watching, horse-riding, scuba-diving, whale and dolphin-watching, rock-climbing … are perfect ways of engaging with the beautiful countryside and blue waters.

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Tarifa for beginners

Though Tarifa is not an ideal beginner spot, it is said that if you learn kiting here you can kite anywhere. Summers are quite crowded, peak season that coincides with Spanish holidays and most European’s as well. Therefore early spring and late autumn may be the most recommendable seasons: less crowded and better prices for lessons and still good weather, good water temperature and air most days in the week. But remember, even if we are in southernmost European beaches, it is the Atlantic sea that waters the shores so long-suit (4/3) in spring, autumn and winter is 100% advisable while shorty is fine during summer.

There are two wind directions in Tarifa that switch on and off at irregular intervals throughout the year. The first type of wind is called Poniente; if you’re a beginner this is the kind of wind you should be kiting in. It’s a warm, onshore wind that blows from the west/northwest and brings moderate chop and 15-25 knots. The Levante is a cold, dense, off/cross-offshore wind that comes from the east/northeast and it’s much stronger and gustier, which makes it quite a bit harder to learn in (plus when you’re a beginner, offshore wind should be avoided at all costs).

When it comes to best beaches for learning, Los Lances is where most kite schools and other water sports facilities can be found. This 3km long stretch of beach is one of the better organised in all Spain, with a segregated area where schools can operate and where independent kite-boarders can ride.  Valdequeros, Punta Paloma and Las Dunas are also a great Poniente spot, just west of Tarifa itself and a perfect location for beginners and more advanced riders alike. The designated kiting area can get a bit busy during the peak summer months, but most of the time it’s a favourite for the locals because it works in more wind directions than some of the beaches closer to town. The après-surf is also a must, with some great beach bars and burgers, ideal for chilling out at after a big session.

Learning how to kite-surf and discovering Cádiz region

Beginner, intermediate and advanced courses as well as adapted courses for kids with maximum safety are all available in Tarifa. Experience kite-surf for the first time, improve your skills or just learn more skills and technics, there are programs for all profiles.

Travel in spring and autumn if you can, when beaches are not so crowded, so you can enjoy the kiting experience at most. Málaga, 2 hours away, is the nearest international airport, with most connections with main European capitals as well as some overseas destinations. A pleasant motorway 2 hour trip connects the airport with Tarifa.

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Stay in a hotel, apartments, camping site or hostel, there are options to all budgets. Kite-surf material will be provided by instructors, adapted to your skills. A non-windy day is never a lost day during your stay. Surfing, beach volley, hiking, horse riding, SUP, kayaking … are all active “no wind experiences” and great fun for everyone.

Let’s not forget the rich cultural heritage that surround Tarifa. You made it all the way to Andalusia, one of the richest regions with most monumental cities and UNESCO heritage spots. Cádiz, Jerez, Gibraltar, the beautiful white-washed villages in the nearest mountains, Marbella, Ronda, even Sevilla if you have a couple of days spare, are all options to complete your stay.

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So, wish to learn & practice kitesurfing in a top destination with tons of wind, sun, warm weather and a wide range of spots surrounded by a beautiful scene? Let us know, we will send you more information.

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Due to its amazing culture and stunning nature, Spain is the perfect destination for student trips. The country provides numerous possibilities to organize educative student trips for schools and universities, focusing on specific thematic areas. There are visits and activities available for every age group, with special attention to education or amusement.

Due to its various cultural influences throughout times, and buildings of different architectural style, Spain is a popular destination to be visited by architecture students. A special emphasize for those visits is often put on cities like Barcelona or Madrid, but also the La Rioja region is very suitable.

Barcelona’s architectural highlight is without doubt the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece of Catalan Modernism, designed by Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi also contributed other works to the city, like Park Güell, Casa Batlló or Casa Mila, which are well worth a visit, too.

A different kind of architecture can be visited in La Rioja. This region is becoming more and more famous for its avant-garde winery architecture. Some highlights are unique wineries, like Marques de Riscal, Ysios and Lopez Heredia, all designed by innovative, international architects: Frank Ghery, Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid. What they have in common is incredible architecture, beautifully merged with the rural countryside.

A different thematic field that is interesting for student trips to Spain, is renewable energy. There are options to organize visits to internationally renowned and important sites, like solar energy facilities or wind energy plants, where students can get insight into the operation and talk to experts on these areas.

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solar power plant in Sevilla (source: Diario ABC)

Another reason for student groups to visit Spain is to participate in Spanish classes. It is always the best option to learn a language in a country where it is spoken. In this way, students can not only learn the language, but also become familiar with the respective culture and traditions. A stay in Spain enables students who study the Spanish language to apply their language skills in interactions with locals. It might also be a good option to combine the Spanish lessons with other activities, like cooking classes or gymkhanas, during the stay.

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Spanish cooking class

If a school class with younger students is visiting Spain, it is always possible to organize educational trips with a more playful approach. Many museums and theme parks offer group activities where students can learn about topics like nature, art or science, during fun activities. In addition, team building activities are a nice possibility for student trips to enhance social relations in the class, on the basis of collaborative tasks.

Send your request to info@across-spain.es and we will be pleased to send you our tailor made proposal for your student group.

 

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