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North from Tarifa

alansykes

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Except the Francés
#1
Spent last night in Europe's most southerly place, and set off in the dark at 8am today, with lights from Morocco visible across the straits. And my breakfast included a tangerine, certainly the first and probably the last time I'll eat one in sight of its native land. The first 10km or so were delightful, along the coast following the Camino Estrecho in reverse, with many secluded inlets, in one of which I had a pleasant swim, fortunately with nobody to see the unshaved figure emerging from the dawn sea. Next time I swim in salt water, if all goes to plan, in early December, I will have a full beard and weigh 5-10kg less than now, on past performance.

By noon the slightly hazy cloud had thinned and I was able to see the Rif mountains. Moving inland, there was also a point where Gibraltar was visible - presumably the only place on earth where Africa and part of the UK European parliamentary constituency of South West England and Gibraltar can be seen at the same time.

Not sure I terribly liked Tarifa - quite a lot of beach bums, most of whom seemed to lack the charm Steinbeck gave to Mack and Hazel. But the tuna was delicious.

Having to take a day or two off to sort out a problem, but hoping to start the Vía Serrana and continue northwards on Saturday or Sunday.
 

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amancio

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Aragon, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno
#4
The walk along the cliffs and the geological formations of Tarifa cliffs as you see the whole strait are certainly something else.
Besides beach bums, I find Tarifa old narrow lanes and streets are a delightful place, I quite like it, I must say.

Buen and long camino, Alan, keep us posted!
 

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sulu

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Ronces-SdC (03-04/10);Oporto-SdC (10/2011); VdlP via Portugal 03/04 2012/2013;Part Invierno 2012; Toulouse to Sarrance 2012; Ingles to Muxia June 2013 Cami Catala and Aragones 2014; El Salvador & Primitivo 2014; Camino de Madrid 2016; Levante 2015,2017
#6
Buen camino Alan, i'm glad you managed to get a flight sorted.
 

MikeJS

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Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#7
I use to quite like the beach bums in Tarifa, but then I used to be one! It was a while ago…….
 

alansykes

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Except the Francés
#8
Tarifa is a pretty town and historically important as the first place in Europe conquered by the Moors. I just feel I would have enjoyed it more when it was a fishing port before the wind surfers took it over. I'm looking forward to getting up into the hills and away from the mass tourism of the coast, and being routinely handed a menu in English.
 
Camino(s) past & future
FW 4 times
Portuguese 1 time
#11
Wishing you a peaceful and safe Camino Alan with plenty of nice surprises along the way. I will be doing the very same route in Spring. Looking forward to reading more from you. Bien Camino.
 

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