Playa de Bolonia

Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa: Address, Playa de Bolonia Reviews: 4.5/5

Playa de Bolonia
4.5
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prokhodimets
Moscow, Russia15 contributions
Feb 2020
If you want a real ocean beach experience then go to Bolonia. Sun, sand, clear waves and surrounding mountains - all that you normally think of when dreaming about the sea. Rather long distance to drive there is absolutely worth it; just plan the whole day trip. Overwhelming experience guaranteed.

And don't forget a lunch at Otero family restaurant - the three generations of Oteros cook the best Calamares a la Plancha. The old lady Maria Ariza, the founder of the restaurant is also there to supervise the quality of food and satisfaction of her clients.
Written March 16, 2020
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SheffieldPip
Sheffield, UK1,106 contributions
Jan 2020
We have been visiting Bolonia for many years and it never ceases to amaze. When we first came, the Roman ruins were by the beach, but there was no museum, which always seemed very remiss of the Spanish Government not to make more of this fantastic site. However, this has now been remedied and there is a very informative museum, which I seem to remember is free to seniors, The beach, of course, is absolutely stunning, with its white sand and blue sea and is excellent for families and, of course, for windsurfing.
Written February 13, 2020
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Rick 8888
Istanbul, Turkey9 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
I was at the beach with my friends.. a bit overcrowded,obviously, on Sunday.
But if you walk all the way long next to the rocks, there are less people.you can dive,the water is a little bit colder than on the other side of this beach, you can see fish, crab, the ocean is very clear here.you can climb to the top of the dune as well.amazing view.
Written August 12, 2020
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Gabi
8 contributions
Aug 2021
Breathtakingly beautiful. This is a slightly wild beach with sand dunes, great chiringuitos for lunch, and crystal clear water to swim in. Perfect to spend the day with friends and family.
Written August 10, 2021
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,611 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
The beach at Playa de Bolonia is one of the best European beaches I have ever been to. It is 20 km further on from the town of Tarifa and a 20 minute drive. It is overlooked by Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia on one side and the biggest sand dune this side of the Sahara on the other side. It stretches for some 10km and is a great place to hang out. In the low seasons the beach is deserted, in the summer there are many more people but the beach is so large it still seems deserted. If you go for the day it is well worth visiting the Roman ruins and the small museum, having lunch at the few beach cafes...... and attempt to walk to the top of that dune!!!
Written May 7, 2015
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Martinez85
Seville, Spain30 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
This beach is the best one in Cadiz. It is a heavenly beach. Great thing about this beach is that is quite far away from mass tourism and building developments. It is also a place where you can enjoy a view of green (it has a forest at the end of the sand dunes), the yellow/white sand and the blue form the sea. There is also some Roman ruins (Baelo Claudia). You can also see Africa form the seashore. Also, many kite surf and windsurf competitions take place in here.
Written May 22, 2013
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William H
Baildon, England, United Kingdom40 contributions
May 2014 • Family
The beautiful bay and beach here would be worth the visit even without the mountainous sand dune and one of the most extensive and well-preserved Roman coastal cities.

A highly strategic settlement just on the Atlantic side of the entrance to the Mediterranean, Baelo Claudio (now Bolonia) has history, leisure and culture to spare. Apart from its military significance, its siting took advantage of the plentiful sardine and anchovy resources used in the "garu" (fish sauce) factory which provided a bit of flavour to a Roman soldier's otherwise boring staples.

A relatively safe and spotlessly clean beach washed by clear Atlantic waters is a great place for a family day out. There isn't much shade, so take your parasol and break up your day with a (free to EU citizens) visit to the wonderful, new museum and lunch in one of the good chiringuitos (beach restaurants). Climbing the sand dune is great exercise with a fantastic view at the top and an exhilarating run back down - the only place I can run downhill and not worry about my ankles!
Written May 3, 2014
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Couple_H_A
Sweden292 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
The beach is magical and the water clear and fine, the large sand dune frames everything in a nice way.

We first stopped at the large car park but since we were going to the undressed part (nudist beach) we sat back in the car and drove 1 km south along the street "El Lentiscal" through the small community to a parking and then walked to the left about 200 meters.

The parking is free but it is voluntary to give those who work there a little money which we did and at the same time I asked him to keep an extra eye on our rental car.
The beach is nice but it is a little rocky in the water so bathing shoes can be good if you are a little sensitive.
There was absolutely no crowding and those who were on the nude part were undressed unlike some other beaches we have been to.
There are no facilities nearby so you have to return to the car park for food or toilet.
Written July 11, 2019
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AndrewKimberley
Gibraltar114 contributions
Aug 2012 • Friends
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!
Written August 28, 2012
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Baelo Sandra
Bolonia, Spain91 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Hi people!! I lived in Bolonia 20 years with my family, we had a Restaurant there. Bolonia is very good place for Hollidays. The problem is the summer, to much tourist during July and August, after and before, like in June for me is better, no to much people, you can enjoy the sun, beach and the sea for you, is very relax village in this time. Spring is a very good season to go to Bolonia, i can recomended April, May and June, after, September and October. Also you can walk, do some excursion, bicicle... This months the weather is amazing for practise sports, not to hot like in July and August. I can recomend BOLONIA AND THE AREA FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE THE NATURE, RELAX, ANIMALS, WALK, SPORTS...
Written November 16, 2015
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