“Moroccan-style self-catering apartments for 1-5 in Tarifa’s Old Town; great value and a warm welcome”
Some apartments are big, some are much smaller, but all are comfortable and welcoming. Zoe has beautifully orchestrated the fusion of Moroccan and Andalucian elements through endless trips to Tangiers for lanterns, ceramics, tile-topped tables and wall hangings. Bedrooms have more than a hint of riad, too, with Berber bedspreads, colourful kilims, draped mozzie nets and attractive applique lamps. Bedding is all pure cotton and there are olive-oil based toiletries in your bathroom.
Couples will love Palmar, Paloma and Jerez - or the bigger and more luxurious Zahara (during our stay, we loved lounging on its long sofa in front of the wood-burner). Taller folk may find Paloma's bed a bit short, and Palmar's a bit narrow, but they are both beautiful in design.
Twin-bedded Zafra is handy for friends travelling together, while pretty single-bedded Jimena offers great-value for solo travellers or makes a handy add-on to Jerez. Amadeus is very different in style - modern with a high, beamed ceiling and a large private terrace with impressive views over the Strait of Gibraltar.
For families, there’s the 2-bedroom Zagora maisonette (with private terrace and board games) or the more modern La Reserva apartment, which has a mezzanine bedroom, sofabeds and a private entrance leading directly off the street. It’s well sound-proofed so you’ll have added privacy and plenty of peace and quiet.
All seasons have been considered, apartments have air-conditioning or portable units available on request)
, and all apartments have electric heating panels and luxury cotton electric blankets - 3 apartments have wood-burning stoves, too (Amadeus, Paloma, Zahara, Zagora).
Each of the apartments has a well-equipped kitchen or kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, kettle and hob, as well as heaps of beautiful ceramic crockery. Zahara has a larger kitchen and an open-plan dining area for 4, as does Zagora (plus a dishwasher and BBQ in the latter).
Basic ingredients (olive oil, balsamic, herbs, tea and coffee) are provided, and there are 3 supermarkets in town (avoid Lidl unless you're happy to queue all day). You'll also find the makings of a fabulous supper in Tarifa’s colourful covered market - the fish stalls are fantastic, and there are good vegetable and fruit stalls.
Being the epicentre of Europe’s surfing world, Tarifa has a surprisingly cosmopolitan restaurant scene, so make time to eat out, too. Zoe has written a brilliantly detailed booklet of recommendations, as well as options further afield. We followed her advice and had an excellent Moroccan meal at Mandragora; flash-fried tuna, stuffed red peppers and rack of lamb with couscous, followed by a Mojito sorbet. Service is terrific and friendly. We also enjoyed the colourful Cafe de la Luz for breakfast.
Children over 12 are welcome in the entire hotel; La Reserva is suitable for all ages and has its own entrance. The many steps and roof terrace make the hotel unsuitable for younger kids.
Teens (over 12)
La Reserva is suitable for all ages and has a sofabed for 2 children (or 1 adult) plus space for a baby cot.