Weekend in Tarifa – Day 1

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For more see Tarifa Day 2, Tarifa Day 3 and Tarifa Day 4

I’m not sure I’ve got the hang of this blogging idea yet…I went away for the most amazing weekend to Tarifa in the South of Spain and I completely forgot to snap most of the food I ate. It’s a real shame as there were some incredible dishes, but rest assured I thoroughly enjoyed them all.  I think it’s going to be my achilles heel when it comes to this site – when I’m having a lovely time, I just don’t think enough about getting my camera out and snapping some pics. I tend to get caught up in the moment rather than photographing it for prosperity!!  Must do better!!

Anyway back to the holiday recap…Tarifa! A birthday present for my boyfriend (we don’t do gifts as such, but prefer experiences so each year we take each other on the birthday weekend of our choice).  He’d been there before with friends and wanted to go back so I organised the whole thing and off we went for the weekend.

We flew to Malaga, hired a car and drove the hour an a half to Tarifa (the southernmost point of Spain) arriving late at night and starving.  Checking in quickly to our hotel, Posada La Sacristia, down a tiny little back street in the Old Town, I was amazed at the beautiful room they had provided us with (including the special Cava waiting for us thaTarifa Posada La Sacristia Four Postert I’d ordered him as a birthday treat).  The rest of the hotel was stunning with a Moroccan Riad feel to the whole place, all built round a stunning open air courtyard.  Our stomachs were yelling at us so we didn’t stay too long preferring to run out and grab a very late dinner.

Thinking (as it was gone midnight) that nowhere would be serving and we were hoping that someone somewhere would rustle us up something…so we dived into the first Tapas Bar we came to prepared to beg for kitchen scraps.  We needn’t have worried, no problem, and in fact, by the time we’d finished, people were still coming in, ready to start their dinners.

It looked like a fairly bog standard pizza place ‘Ninen’ and since I don’t eat wheat, I opted for two starters.  Tarifa CavaWe ordered the marinated beef carpaccio to share for a starter and I had a Caprese Salad as a main.  When the starter arrived, I couldn’t believe my eyes (or my tastebuds), it was the most beautiful, melt in your mouth beef, marinated with lemon and oregano and garlic and it felt like one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten all washed down with a bottle of Rioja.

A nightcap gin & tonic at a bar on the way home (beware, they serve them in goblet glasses and don’t measure the gin!) before we fell into bed full and happy and ready for kitesurfing the next day!

 

For more see Tarifa Day 2, Tarifa Day 3 and Tarifa Day 4