Most people visit Tarifa because they are windsurfers, want to see dolphins, crave swimming and sun-bathing, or simply want to take the ferry to near-by Morocco. We went there for none of these reasons. We only wanted a brief break from culturally overwhelming places such as Grenada, Cordoba,and Sevilla, so we did little more than walk on the beach in windy April weather.
But El Escondite del Viento "vaut le detour," as the Michelin Guide would say; the hotel is a fine excuse to venture to Tarifa even if you don't really have any business there.
The hotel, in the old town, has a wonderfully transparent lobby, a roof terrace, and some eight rooms, designed with exquisite good taste, decorated with lamps and furniture by such luminosi as Mies van der Rohe. Our room ("Del Viento"; others are called "Y Profundo" and "Muros de Silencio") combined bright colours (blue and orange) and daringly juxtaposed materials (glass, wood, plastic) to create a very pleasant, gay atmosphere.
It made us feel at home -- a feeling that was completed by the truly heart-warming welcome and the profuse advice for places to eat tapas (we ate fine "atun en mantega" in Las Campanas and excellent "solomillo" in An Ca Corro) and to attend a flamenco performance.
We parked our car for €10 (24 hours) at the near-by "Parking Antiguo Cuartel de Infanteria."
Tour to Tarifa to hide from the wind in El Escondite del Viento!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Butique hotel in an old buliding completely restaured.Incredible fourniture, Wood and glass, the perfect covination.8 rooms .Silent and light. ... more less