Tarifa Beach Villa

near Tarifa, Costa de la Luz, Spain Book from Book from £191 per night

A tranquil villa with mature gardens and a sea view, close to idyllic sandy beaches and buzzing Tarifa (sleeps 4-7)
Driving up from the main coastal road with sand dunes towering on both sides, we knew we were in for something a bit special. Punta Paloma is a little hamlet that curls up the hill from a long stretch of golden beach, 15 minutes’ drive from the kitesurfers’ paradise of Tarifa. And right in the middle of it, behind heavy wooden gates, is a private and peaceful hideaway wrapped in lush mature gardens. We loved sitting on the shady terrace, gazing out to sea with a soundtrack of singing birds and distant crashing waves.

The villa and its accompanying annex (sleeping up to 7 in 3 bedrooms) is the much-loved holiday home of Peter, a flamenco guitarist, his wife Carmen and their children. They put as much care and attention into keeping the house and garden perfect as they do into making sure guests are happy and welcome - you’re very well looked after. Our toddler asked to stay for 100 sleeps and we felt the same. A fantastic spot to escape from the busy-ness of life, whether you’re a couple, a family or a group of friends.

Highs

  • The tranquility of the hamlet location and pretty, mature garden
  • Just 5 minutes' walk from a stunning long sandy beach
  • Lounging on the sun-trap roof terrace with views across to Africa spreading out before you; there are lots of other little lazing areas, too
  • A well-equipped kitchen and a BBQ for self-catering, and a great restaurant a couple of doors down
  • Kind owners who go out of their way to make your stay special

Lows

  • Note you will need to pay a security deposit on arrival in cash
  • A 7-night minimum stay June-Sept (Sunday-Sunday)
  • No pool and the beaches in this area are sometimes very windy
  • No WiFi and only patchy mobile reception (we loved the digital detox, but teens might not)
  • The track up to the house is pretty bumpy, though passable in a normal hire car

Best time to go

July and August can get a bit crazy when Tarifa and local beaches fill up with holidaying Spaniards, although the beaches at Punta Paloma are considerably quieter and less crowded due to parking restrictions for non-residents of the hamlet. It's also a great place to be for the other 10 months of the year, although you should be prepared for close encounters of the windy kind: when the Levante (a strong easterly wind) is blowing, you'll know about it. We visited in May when the temperatures were balmy and the wild flowers were in bloom.

Our top tips

Make sure you borrow Peter’s binoculars so you can get a detailed glimpse of the African shore and watch the passing ships in the distance - we found this absolutely mesmerising.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Villa
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Self-catering; restaurant a walk away
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • English-speaking caretaker
Room:

Rooms

It’s so peaceful here that we all slept soundly and woke to birds chirruping outside our windows. The style of the house is bright and comfortable, with cooling tiled floors and huge windows to let the sea breeze in. The living/dining area/kitchen is all open-plan, and whilst you'll spend most of your time outside on that dreamy sea-view terrace, there's a cosy indoor sofa area, and a wood-burner for when the nights turn chilly.

The master bedroom has a comfy double bed dressed in white linens and colourful cushions, with a big window that frames the sea view. Next door is a smaller twin room; ideal for kids, though it can also be set up as a double. Both have large wooden wardrobes so there’s plenty of space to fully unpack. The family bathroom has a bath with an overhead shower (there’s also a separate shower outside for hosing off after the beach).

Older kids and grandparents will love the open-plan annex, which has twin beds, an ensuite shower room and a mini kitchen.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Juicer
  • Loungers
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor shower
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wood-burner

Eating

The well-stocked kitchen has everything you need for self-catering, including plenty of utensils, pots and pans, and there's a BBQ outside. There's even a dishwasher so there’ll be no fighting over who has to do the washing up. Seating-wise, you’re spoilt for choice. Inside, there’s a breakfast bar and dining table for 4; outside, a big wooden table on the terrace for 6+ people.

Tarifa (15 minutes’ drive away) has big supermarkets for all the essentials, as well as a great covered market with fresh fish, meat and mounds of colourful vegetables. There are also numerous restaurants and cafes here if you want a day off from cooking.

A few doors down from the house is the highly regarded El Mirlo restaurant, which serves the freshest seafood and has panoramic sea views. It’s open every day from June-October and at weekends during the rest of the year.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
  • Basic ingredients
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Sit back, relax, read a book and marvel at the sea views. If you need to get away from it all and enjoy a slower pace of life, this is the place
  • Wander down the track to the beautiful blond sandy beach. Inaccessible by car, it’s blissfully uncrowded and the natural circle of rocks offshore keeps the sea calm for swimming and paddling. (Clothing is optional, but we kept ours on and no-one seemed to mind!)
  • Wander the alleyways of Tarifa’s Old Town; we picked up some delicious macarons at La Tarifeña
  • Explore the Roman ruins in Bolonia and stop for lunch in one of the many beachside restaurants
  • There are numerous stables nearby, if you fancy horse riding
  • Book onto a whale- or dolphin-spotting trip in Tarifa
  • Hop on a hydrofoil (from Tarifa) across to Tangier and spend a day wandering through the medina and souks

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Kite surfing
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Quad biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing

Kids

This is a brilliant house rental for families with children of all ages. Our 3 year-old loved it so much, he asked to stay for 100 sleeps! The house has everything you need to self-cater, including a dishwasher, blender and microwave, plus a washing machine. All kids will love the beach and the local area is particularly great for teens, thanks to the world-class windsurfing and cool vibe of Tarifa.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The main house has 1 double bedroom and 1 twin bedroom with a shared bathroom (shower/tub), and you can request an additional rollaway bed or baby cot. The annex building has 1 twin bedroom with an ensuite shower bathroom, which would suit older children or grandparents.

Baby equipment:

  • A baby cot and bedding
  • High chair
  • Plastic bibs
  • Plastic crockery and cutlery
  • Beakers and drinking straws
  • Sunshade umbrellas

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Buckets and spades
  • Fishing nets
  • Board games
  • Balls

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Pristine sandy beaches
  • Natural paddling pool rock formation at nearest beach (4 mins) with rocks acting as breakwaters so great for toddlers
  • Sand dunes by house and in Bolonia bay next door
  • A water park in Algeciras
  • Dolphin-spotting trips
  • Windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons for older kids
  • Sailing and canoeing
  • Horse riding
  • Land yachting

Families Should Know:

There are a few hazards for inquisitive toddlers: the garden is enclosed but there are steps and small unfenced drops from the terrace to the lawn; cacti in the garden; some mosquitoes (but the owners provide plenty of plug-in repellents); the steps up to the roof terrace are steep (but there is a bolted gate at the bottom).

Distances:

  • Airport: Gibraltar (1 hour's drive)
  • Shop: 5 minutes' drive
  • Medical care: Tarifa (15 minutes' drive)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

A little paradise at the south end of Spain. In every corner of the house and garden you can feel just how much time and passion the owners Carmen and Peter invested to make our/your stay as comfortable as possible.

10/10,

The hosts were incredibly lovely and made sure we had a wonderful time! There was also great food just across the street where they get fresh fish every morning straight from the beach.

10/10,

Fantastic location and Peter and Carmen were super friendly and helpful.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

10/10,

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