one of my favourite little hotels is the hurricane hotel – its perfectly situated right by the sea, away from the bustle of Tarifa town with its own little beach and a short walk from the lovely beach of Valdequeros and the dunes. the rooms are basic but just all you need – its the situation of the hotel and its lovely tropical style grounds and pools are charming. there is a good buffet lunch with a terrace overlooking the sea and its a great spot to base yourself for travelling around the costa luz beaches and popping into Tarifa town.
Tarifa definitely has more shops than any other of the towns in the area, including Vejer with a few hidden in the back streets, mimi et lulu, babachic with its lovely mexican style baskets and great trimmings and beads, delicious cake shops – just stay in the old town and walk round the little back streets, and around the port, you will also stumble on the old fish and fruit market, which is still thriving. incidentally we also went to barbate market for the first time – again a big community shopping for fish, fruit and herbs, its great to see that these still exist with the onset of all the supermarkets opening up. the benali guesthouse looked a sweet and inexpensive place to stay; i have also liked the look of la sacristia in the old town. which has been there many years now.