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.
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.
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 self service vegetable garden
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.
A short stroll onto the headland takes you to the rocky coves of the Mediterranean.
There's a million things to do from here, quite apart from reveling in this amazing location.
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Additional Location Information
Costa de la Luz is a privileged area on the Atlantic Coast of Cadiz in Andalusia. It's beautiful beaches and tourism are what bring life to Tarifa
Costa de la Luz Spain is a tourist location that offers great possibilities, such as outdoor sports like kite surf, windsurf, scuba diving, rock climbing, fishing, horse ridding, tennis, beach volley, yoga, hiking through natural parks and golf. You can also enjoy exploring it's culture and architecture, and lots of bars and great restaurants.
It´s great outdoor life, sun, fun and beaches, incredible night life with international people from around the world meeting in this spectacular point called Tarifa, mixed with the locals and there way of life, Spanish ferias, horses, fishermen and surfers, with golf courses around the area, this place is special and makes you want to come back!!
It is one of the last paradises in Spain that mass tourism hasn't destroyed. It still keeps its magic!!
Relax, relax, relax, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy........
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Gibraltar, 30 miles Nearest ferry port: Tarifa, 2 miles Nearest train station: Algeciras, 15 miles Car is recommended
Last updated on February 28, 2015
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Left on 10/04/2013 for a stay in September 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Very beautiful and nice house 10 minutes away from Tarifa. Marcos was very helpful and the views are amazing! My family and I stayed there the week of my wedding and it was just perfect.
For those who don't want to be too disconnected: in the house there is internet connection but the mobile signal is not the best.
Left on 07/23/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | Bryan
Beautiful villa with excellent views towards africa. We were a group of 6 with children aged 5 and 10. Very safe and if desired there would be little need to leave the villa. Ignoring the drive from the main road (takes about 5 mins on a bumpy road) it is an excellent choice to stay.
Tarifa itself is a lovely small town with excellent beaches for all to enjoy nearby.
Left on 06/13/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We were welcomed by Marcos as soon as we arrived, and were able to check in early. The team even offered to unpack all our shopping when we arrived.
The first impression, walking into the living room is impressive - the view of the Moroccan coast is spectacular. The outside space is big, with a nice dinning table under a thatched roof and plenty of sun beds. We went on several walks on the trails in the natural preserve that surrounds the property and they were all beautiful and a great way to enjoy the Spanish coast.
The road leading to the property can be a bit rough, but the privacy and beauty of the area makes the bumpy road worth it. I would definitely go back
Left on 08/14/2012 for a stay in July 2012 | Marina
Living just down the coast from Tarifa I have been there many times & thought I knew it rather well. However, the area where the house is located was a real surprise, tucked away and off the proverbial beaten track, it was exactly what we had hoped for.
The views over to africa must be the most spectacular along that coastline and the tranquility of the property was second to none. If you are looking for a peaceful getaway amidst beautiful scenery, then this is most definitely the place to be!
Many thanks to Marcos and Paco who couldn´t have been any more helpful :-)
Left on 07/05/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
A lovely little villa over-looking Morocco... and we even spotted some whales while we were here!
Secluded, relaxed, simple but contemporary and clean decor - a perfect place to stay for us while we spent most of the day kite-surfing and would return late afternoon to relax, have Bbqs and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Although we drove everywhere (to the beaches etc) it didn't bother us as we were looking for a hideaway, far from people!
Left on 06/07/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
La Casa del Estrecho es exactamente como su descripcion en airbnb !!!
Lo que mas nos gusto fue la sensacion de solidad, de tranquilidad que se tiene en esta casa. No hay construcciones al rededor, o mejor dicho , no hay construcciones a muchos kms de la casa !!!
Paco es un encanto y siempre dispuesto a ayudar con cualquier problema.
Mis amigos y yo ibamos a caminar cerca de casa, mirar las estrellas, contemplar el silencia y disfrutar de momentos de mucha tranquilidad. Nos sentimos aislados del mundo y de todo, era como estarmos en un mundo parelalo !!! fue increible !!!
Left on 05/10/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
the house has a magical panorama and is really comfortable. People in Tarifa are welcoming, we went for Kitesurfing lessons. That was a wonderful week end, we'll come again next year in the same house, do not hesitate to book it you'll enjoy the views and the nature around
Left on 10/24/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We spent a wonderful 10 days in this beautiful house... enjoying the incredible scenery...
Looking at africa's shoreline from your bed... was just great... as were all the sunset dinner on the porch! We will certainly be back next year!
Left on 09/22/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
I can't find any fault at all. Our stay was perfect. It's a beautiful spot with the most extraordinary view, and you can get away from it all without being too far from the town of Tarifa, so you can chill out and relax at the house in peace and quiet or go the incredible beaches there and enjoy the town. It's also a great spot
Left on 08/28/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Una casa muy especial, llegar es una pequeña aventura pero merece la pena si buscas paz y naturaleza. Pero no esperes exuberencia o lujo asiático, su entorno es rústico y espartano y la casa básica y funcional. Ni mas ni menos de lo necesario para disfrutar de unas vacaciones fantásticas y con las mejores vistas de toda Tarifa.
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A fantastic holiday experience.
Left on 07/04/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We had a wonderful stay at La Casa del Estrecho. It really is an isolated little oasis. Marcos the owner and the management were extremely welcoming and helpful. The property is fantastic and suited our needs perfectly. Being given access to the organic vegetable garden was an added bonus. We left refreshed and would happily return again.
Left on 02/25/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | Maurits
This house is fantastic - and I can judge it quite well since I've stayed in it for 10 weeks. It's located in the middle of a natural park, which means your surrounded by nature, but it's not too far from the inhabited world (i.e. the village of Tarifa), so you don't feel cut off. The views over the Straits of Gibraltar are completely stunning. Even after 10 weeks I could still just sit down and watch the sea with the hills of Morocco in the background for an hour and do nothing else. It just doesn't get old, that view. On days with little wind the only sounds you hear are the sea and lots of birds. It's not the most luxurious house but it has everything you need. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Left on 11/08/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Absolutly fab! Will definately go back. Peace and quite, comfortabe and has everything needed, felt very welcomed by the friendly owner. The souroundings and views are breath taking and well worth a visit. The town is fun and full of life and the country is just perfect for taking it easy, what else could you posibly ask for? Congratulations!
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Amazing location surrounded by beautiful scenery
Left on 11/05/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This place is amazing. 5 star accommodation with 5 star views accross to africa. Many relaxing evenings spent looking at that! Tarifa is is a ten minute drive or half hour walk along the coast, although you feel as if you're in the middle of nowhere when back at the villa.
Marcos, the host could not have been warmer towards us and made our stay even more enjoyable than it could have been! Thanks Marcos!
Left on 11/02/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
There are few places where you can find the unique combination of an awesome landscape (actually you see africa from your bed) a very comfortable and well designed house and the hospitality of Marcus and his family. If you want to feel at home and admire a wonderful landscape this is the place!!. Moreover Tarifa is at walking distance (30 minutes) by country road.
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holidays to remember!
Left on 10/31/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
It was really nice experience to be there with my daughter. We live in the city, so to spend a week in the country side was very nice. Views are amazing, owner of the property is very friendly, and whole experience was great! Location is perfect, not so far from the town, but still in your own peace. I will come again for sure!
Left on 10/30/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | Jake & Arls
What an amazing place. Looking over to Morocco all day and staying in an amazing cabin that make's you feel like you're the only one in the world. Nothing to do but relax, or surf or go kiteboarding. Less than 10 mins from Tarifa centre, but it's such an amazing location that you wouldn't want to leave in the first place. Really nice interior, felt like we were royalty. Our favourite place in Europe, hands down.
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