Sunday, February 20, 2011

Day Trip to Tarifa and Bolonia

Tarifa, the southernmost point of Spain and Europe, is a small town in an area famous for wind- and kitesurfing. Like most places in Southern Spain, it is mostly visited in the summer months. But I absolutely love visiting during winter, when 99% of the people on the streets are locals and the climate is nice enough to enjoy a coffe and lunch in the sun, but wearing a jacket or at least a jumper. 
Bolonia is a minute beach town, famous for its roman ruins, and it's beautiful beach.  
The most striking thing about the area are the white sand beaches, the turquoise or intense blue colored Atlantic ocean and on a clear day, the breathtaking views of Morocco (which is a mere 8.9 miles (14.3km) away). 
So today, a mild sunday, my mom and I decided it was time for our first visit to the towns of Tarifa and Bolonia this year. 
First we walked through the old part of Tarifa, stopped for coffee in the sun and then headed over to nearby Bolonia for lunch and a quick stroll at the beach. 
Can I move in? Apparently behind the door there's a huge patio surrounded by antique furniture. Sigh! 
Tarifa. Old moorish city wall.
Old town Tarifa. 

The sign says "zapateria" (shoe repairs) 
Door to the town market.

Coffe in the sun - yum!
Funky street name
View of the Estrecho (Straight of Gibraltar) with Morocco in the background
Old ruins. As close as it gets to the ocean. I would have loved to see this building in its full glory. 
Empty coke bottles. Remnants of a busy summer. (Backyard of a restaurant in Bolonia)
Delicious olives to ease the wait for the food. 
Pan de pueblo (town bread made with corn)
Our friendly lunch companion.
Beach of Bolonia 
Footprint and marks of early morning rain.
Broken glass.  
This cute house is right at the beach. In the garden there were girls in a swing and playing badminton. Oh, and a donkey!!! Can I move in here instead?

Actually I wouldn't mind any of these options either. Especially with those nice neighbors :)

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