Beach Front Villa Amazing Views

Villa - Entire home/apt · Av de Andalucía, Tarifa, Andalusia 11380, Spain

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Europe´s closest house to Africa. Here Africa meets Europe and the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. The view is, quite simply … sensational, a panorama of two continents, a great ocean and a dazzling sea, in the middle of the Natural Park of the Straits of Gibraltar. And the villa makes the very best of this amazing location with huge picture windows looking directly out across the sea.

Just 100 metres from the shoreline, here Africa meets Europe and the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. Views are breathtaking, across the deep blue sea bright in the sunshine to the massive peaks of the Atlas Mountains which rise up dramatically beyond Morocco's beaches just eight miles away.

To your left you look far into the ever widening Mediterranean, to your right to the vast expanses of a great ocean. Here you will feast on glorious sunrises, golden sunsets; the quality of light is unbelievable.

And it's incredibly relaxing too, watching the ships passing slowly through the Straits of Gibraltar (more than 350 ships, yachts and ferries negotiate this narrow stretch of water every day), the street lights of Tangier, Ceuta and other towns on the Moroccan coastline twinkling brightly at night. If you are lucky, you will spot whales and dolphins or the biggest bird migrations in Europe as they fly from one continent to the other.

Tarifa is only a couple of kilometres away (a beautiful, 25 minute walk along the cliffs; just eight minutes by car) but right here there is nothing but peace, tranquility and the sound of silence. Just amazing seascapes and the stunning nature of the Natural Park all around which plunges dramatically down to the rocky, wild beaches. A perfect place to disconnect from life's usual routines.

There are all manner of coastal and countryside tracks to explore, an abundance of wild flowers everywhere, a new and always sensational view to be enjoyed at every turn. Only a few roaming cows on the hillsides and the occasional fisherman down on the rocks to keep you company. It's magical!

Access is pretty good considering the terrain all around is so spectacular. Until recently these hills were the sole domain of the Spanish military; they have left now but the roads and tracks they built through the steep hills and valleys remain.

So the access road is tarmacked, if a little narrow and bendy in places and only the last 800 meters to the house is dirt track. This bit is a little bumpy but easily negotiable in an ordinary car with due care and attention. We don't recommend a low-slung sports car.
views from the clifftop to Tarifa.

A little path leads up through the garden to the villa, gleaming white and dazzlingly bright in the sunshine. It's of simple design and construction, neatly and attractively furnished with everything you will need to enjoy your stay. But its predominant feature is the fabulous view through its huge windows … not only is it the closest villa to Africa, it has probably got the best views in Europe!

One enters to the living / dining room / kitchen with its amazing picture window. The light simply floods in! Colourful cushions are scattered on bench seating around a wooden coffee table at the front of the room, with a little dining area behind and the kitchen to its side. It's adequately equipped for rustling up basic meals (there's a big fridge/freezer and a 4 ring hob etc) but please note that there is no oven.

The master bedroom (with a 4 poster double bed) leads off on one side. It's spacious and, of course, has a view! The en-suite facilities are in the room, the W.C. screened off by opaque glass tiles. Not everyone's cup of tea, perhaps, but not a bad place to take your morning shower, looking out over the shimmering sea!

On the other side of the living room, a short corridor leads to the other two bedrooms (one double with great sea views) and one twin (with views to the side and to the Atlantic). They share a bathroom between them (walk-in shower, no bath tub). There is also an outdoor shower.

Glass doors open from the living room to the outdoor sitting and terrace areas. There's a little seating area (for two) just outside the room and a larger terrace area to the side of the villa. A wooden dining table for al fresco meals, a sunshade, sunbeds and lay-down teak chairs make this a lovely spot to soak up the sun whilst watching the ships gliding silently by beyond the giant bulrushes below the house.

On the other side of the villa, passing by a little graveled area with more sun beds, a high cane hedge marks the garden's boundary and protects the house from Levante winds. The gateway through the hedge will take you to a little vegetable garden (the gardner, Francisco, will offer you some seasonal vegetables whenever he can).

It's about as ecological as can be here. There's no mains electricity in this remote corner of Spain, so everything works on solar and wind power; water comes from local wells. There's no air conditioning either, the fresh sea breezes and the stone construction of the villa keep everything cool, even on the hottest of summer days.

A short stroll onto the headland (you will see Tarifa clearly from here, a mile or so further along the coast) takes you to the rocky coves of the Mediterranean. There are no sandy beaches here, just wild, rugged but very beautiful coves, excellent for fishing and snorkeling. You can sunbathe unmolested in any number of these little bays.

There's a million things to do from here, quite apart from reveling in this amazing location. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and night spots in and around Tarifa, mile upon mile of white, sandy beaches on the Costa de la Luz immediately beyond. There are beautiful white villages in inland Cádiz to explore, wind and kite surfing, diving, golf, horse riding et al. This is not just the coast of light, it is also the coast of wonders.

And there's always the option of a day trip to Morocco, only 35 minutes away from Tarifa on the high speed catamaran … but a totally different world. Ferries also leave from Algeciras and, either way, it's a wonderful trip, especially on the longer, 3 hour trip from Algeciras, the ship accompanied through the Straits by dolphins and whales.

Client comments include, "Absolutely fab! Will definitely come back! This place is amazing, five star accommodation with five star views across to Africa" and "There are few places where you can find this unique combination of an awesome landscape (you can see Africa from your bed), a very comfortable and well designed house and great hospitality from the owners. Our favorite place in Europe, hands down!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 8
Extra people: $50 / night after 6 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $213
Cleaning Fee: $64
Check In: 5:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • Great place, far away from the crowded beaches..
    A true retreat..
    Nice welcome and service from Paco.
    Simple but nice accommodation.
    Please don't book here cause that's less availability for us :-)

    Enjoy !

    April 2014
  • Marcos's house is a very special place to stay, and it exceeded all my expectations. A wonderful place to unwind, enjoy the magnificent views and relax. The house is relatively basic but still stylish, comfortable and well-equipped. Marcos himself couldn't have been more helpful when I was making the booking. Highly recommended - I hope to return!

    February 2014
  • We had an amazing weekend and the place is beautiful. The view is what we expected and the house has everything you need. What I liked the most is that they use ecological energy, such as a windmill and solar. And another wonderful speciality is the garden. As we were there in January you cannot find all the vegetables and fruits you want, but still we could pick onions, parsley, cherry tomatoes, fresh spearmint and other herbs. Two things that could be improved is the kitchen accesories, such as sharp knifes and scissors and more toilet paper. One role in each bath room wasn't enough. All in all we can recommend this place as it is beautiful and you are in an area outside of the city, with a beautiful cost and nice paths to walk on, especially if you walk with dogs. The walk into Tarifa is also recommended as it is on the coast and a bit of an adventure.For sure we will go back there in summer time.

    January 2014
  • The house is even more beautiful than the pictures – eclipsed only by the views of Africa from the front deck!
    Paco and Francisco are a benefit to your stay while never being obtrusive.
    The garden is great and bountiful and you can make the walk to the town of Tarifa last as many delightful hours as you choose.
    All of the amenities were available including a good strong Wi-Fi signal throughout our trip.
    I would highly recommend a stay at the house and believe you will thoroughly enjoy it.

    December 2013
  • An amazing house. An incredible landscape. The best place to relax and enjoy the nature. I will surely come back!

    November 2013
  • We had a great time in Marco's villa. The area is great, Marco is great, the wind is great, tarifa is great. We will come back! Thanks for the great time Marco!

    October 2013
  • Great house in secluded location with great views!
    25 min rural/coastal walk into Tarifa,
    big modern house very well finished and maintaned.
    would defintaely re visit.
    Only point to note for others...
    The access road to and from the house from the main road is a little bumpy so be mindful of this with the type of hire car you may get.

    September 2013
  • Marco's house was above what we expected. Everything was great. We'll definitely come back.
    Arnaud

    June 2013
  • absolutely breathtaking location! very nice house, and the vegetable garden is great. paco was very kind and always helpful. thanks for everything!

    April 2013
  • Great place, beautiful, peaceful. Liked the garden with fresh veggies. Oscar took good care of us. Maybe I would take a different car next time, because of the bumpy road. But I would definitely recommend it.

    September 2012
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I was born in Malaga, Spain of Australian parents, at the age of 18 I moved to Tarifa attracted by the windsurfing and was Spanish champion and also did the world cup, i was looking for a special place for many years and after living in the Costa de la Luz for ten years decided to buy La Casa de la Costa, at that time i meet Paco who has helped my family as a builder, gardener and above all as a friend. We run the Casa de la Costa and Casa del Estrecho together as a holiday rental house, so when i am not around Paco looks after everyone and I live part of the year in Australia with my family, and do all the bookings via email and organize with Paco the hand over of the keys to our clients via internet, we have been doing this for a while now and are both very happy to please our clients. Year purchased: 2000 Why the owner chose an apartment in this location After living for ten years in La Costa de la Luz, and looking everywhere for the perfect place, it finally came in the form of a run down finca (farm) just 3km for the center of Tarifa, immediately i saw the potential of the place, and although it is extremely difficult to get the refurbishing permits for building i went ahead, and after many head aches with local authorities managed to get the permits, and with Paco and myself built up the three houses on the finca slowly but surely, ten years later it was finished, La Finca de la Costa is considered to be one of the best properties in the hole of La Costa de la Luz (not boasting) and has THE BEST VIEW to Africa. It simply doesn't get better. The place is magical, situated between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, Africa and Europe. Unique benefits of the property Although just an 8 min drive from the center of town, but the last 800m is a dirt track which low sport cars can not access, but normal cars can access perfectly well, or a 25min walk, it seems like you are the only person in the world when staying at the property.Its the closest house to Africa and the biggest bird migrations pass just over your head (in season), as well as looking at the hundreds of different boats going through the straits of Gibraltar, sometimes we also spot whales and dolphins, and lots of space, no sounds of the modern world, just nature and peace, it is absolutely unique, words can not describe the place, one of the last unspoiled coasts in Spain, and there you are all alone!!! Just a complete relax without having to go to the Himalayas.
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