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“A must if you are thinking of holidaying in Southern Spain” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Playa de Bolonia

Playa de Bolonia
Tarifa, Spain
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Tarifa
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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“A must if you are thinking of holidaying in Southern Spain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Forget the high rise hotels and beer and burgers of the Costa del Sol. If you are thinking of holidaying in the South of Spain, Playa de Bolonia and the surrounding areas are a must. We have been going to Bolonia beach now for a good 15 years and it is one of the best beaches we have visited in Spain if not Europe. One point to note is that it's neighbour Tarifa, is the wind/kite surfing capital of Europe - point being it can be very windy! If you get the weather right you can save yourself a fortune by not flying the Atlantic to a Caribbean destination. The water cab be as clear and the beach is white powder with superb dunes and a beautiful pine forest backdrop. You won't find any glitzy hotels here just spotlessly clean rooms and good honest local food.
Plays de Bolonia has four Chiringuitos (beach restaurants) all serving fabulous fish caught locally in Tarifa. There are four or five pensions/small hotels that are literally metres away from the beach.
Tarifa in the Summer months gets packed with young surfer types and the Winter town sheds it's hoardings to reveal myriad of funky bars so you can party into the small hours if you want.
The best thing about this coast is that it has escaped mass tourism and all of the hotels are low-rise. The main road to the resorts backs onto the Alcornacales Nature Reserve which is protected by the Government, hence the lack of buliding.
Last year we stayed in a one room 'house' just a short drive into the countryside. Peace and quiet like you'll never know! Don't be frightened of the cows, there are lots around here and they are allowed to roam free, you will even see them on the beach!
Horse-riding on the beach is something you can arrange as well as wind and kite surfing if you're into adventure. If you hire a car which I would recommend ther are lots of other great places such as Zahara, Vejer, Conil to name a few and not forgetting the city of Cádiz, full of history and grand buildings.
Don't think about it, just do it!

Visited August 2012
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Bristol, UK
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“beautiful long beach, unspoilt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Not too many surfers, nice swimming, lots of places to eat and drink, plenty of space to set up camp - very laid back and relaxed

Visited August 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Nice beach!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We enjoyed this beach: it has all facilities as bars/restaurants on the beach and nearby, parking, you can eaven ride a horse! Although it is not very nice to see after "what they live behind" if you know what I meanning! Tha sand is cool and so the temperature of the water. And no windy :)

Visited August 2012
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Madrid, Spain
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“Special beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The place is easy to reach from Tarifa. aproximately a 10-15 minute drive. You get to park easily on the front line for around 1.5 euro and have several bars and restaurants on and next to the beach. It is wide enough and the sand is good.
I recommend at least visiting it once.

Visited August 2012
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Leiden, ze Nedderlands
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“Nice beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

See the ruins (closed mondays) have lunch on the beach, climb the dune at the far end of the beach (well worth the exertion) and enjoy the sun amongst the Spaniards at this friendly beach. Less enjoyable on really windy days as the sand is real fine (sandblast).

Visited July 2012
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