Tapas in Tarifa


When I did a little research into the must-see places during a trip to Andalucia this summer for a friend’s wedding, Tarifa seemed to come top of everybody’s list! The long stretch of beach, the spectacle of hundreds of kites dancing in the air as the kite surfers get swept out towards the horizon… It truly is a great place to visit if you’re in the area.

The highlight though, is the old fort town hidden behind rows of surf shops. Once you”re inside the town’s old white walls, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into southern Italy. With winding alley ways and boutique homeware and jewellery shops, it’s is the perfect place to get lost. But as with every day trip and sauntering exploration of traditional old town architecture, must come lunch. And in this case, it was wine and tapas.

Tapas, meaning top (as the Spanish use to add a nibble plate as a drink topper), is what most people think of when conjuring up images of traditional Spanish fare. This is a great way to enjoy lots of flavours, dishes and to share amongst your table.

We found a fantastic little place – Delicatessen, which spilled out onto a small courtyard, simple wooden tables and chairs circling the tree in the centre. The menu was simple and local – exactly what you want when your in a new and foreign town or village! We went for the sticky figs with local Iberian ham and a soft local goats cheese with sweet onion jam – topped off with a couple of glasses of crisp cold white wine and a quick call to the UK to wish my grandma a happy birthday, it was one of my favourite foodie afternoons I have had!

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