Tarifa, Spain: weather statistics and wind history

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Popular spot activity — Kitesurfing

Best season

January — October

Best season

Working wind directions

E, SW, W

Working wind directions

Water conditions

Waves 1-3m when Poniente, chop when Levante

Water conditions

Water depth


Water depth


Very crowded


Level of riding


Level of riding

Kite sizes

When Poniente - 10-15 When Levante - 6-10

Kite sizes

Tarifa weather, sports and travel information

Weather forecast

10 day weather forecast for Tarifa, Spain, contains useful information about local wind speed, direction, and gusts, temperature, cloud coverage and precipitation based on the global GFS weathel model. All data updates four times a day with a forecast step of 3 hours. There is also a real-time wind forecast for Tarifa, Spain, from the nearest weather station to the spot, and a live Wind Map of the region and the world.

Get the weather forecast for other best kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing spots in Spain on this website and in the Windy.app with more weather parameters.

Climate, weather, and seasons in Tarifa

The weather in Tarifa is characterized by mild and regular temperature conditions throughout the year, it is a Mediterranean climate (temperate with oceanic influence — warm temperate with winter rains. Rainfall can be irregular and torrential, being the period between March and November the rainiest, while between June and August there is minimal chance of rain.


Winter in Tarifa is between the end of December and the end of March. Being low season there is no congestion of travelers, which makes it the most suitable time for those who prefer quiet places without crowds. Temperatures range between 11 °C and 15 °C, with an average of 50 rainy days (185 mm) in the total season.

  • Despite being the rainiest time of the year, rainfall is not continuous, so it is possible to have rainy days followed by sunny days; favorable conditions for hiking, mountain biking, and climbing are perfect activities for winter, you can choose between trails in the forest, the cliffs or along the beach, and there are even a couple of options starting from the city of Tarifa. If you want to know more about rainfall in Tarifa you can read more about this Windy.app Meteo Textbook lesson.
  • Tarifa is a protected area from the Atlantic swell, so the only time of the year for surf lovers in winter, when the maximum swell is reached.


Spring in Tarifa starts at the end of March and goes until the end of June, temperatures during this period range between 17 °C and 23 °C, and on average there are 20 days of rain (65 mm) in the total season.

  • Spring is the phase of highest wind, the period of lowest temperatures occurs during the first two months of the year and the maximum temperatures are between July and September.
  • Spring in Tarifa is characterized by warm days and cool nights and from April onwards it is possible to go swimming on the beaches. It is a good period to take kitesurfing or windsurfing lessons since it is not high season, so it is perfect for beginners.
  • Many say it is the best season for hiking since the temperatures are still cool and perfect for walkers. Tarifa has two natural parks nearby: the Estrecho and Alcornocales parks, perfect for hikers.


The summer in Tarifa goes from the end of June to the end of September, June is the most pleasant month with an average temperature of 21 °C. By July temperatures begin to rise moderately with highs of 25 ° C, entering August can reach temperatures of up to 26 ° C.

  • In Tarifa, this is the time of the year with the clearest sky, during these months rainfall is quite scarce with a maximum of 10 days (19 mm) for the whole season.
  • In August the water temperature reaches the warmest of the year, it is then the most acclaimed time for windsurfers and kitesurfers but you can also practice sports such as flyboarding and paddle surfing.
  • During the year the length of the days is variable but in the summer at the end of June, the days are usually the longest with a duration of up to 14 hours.


Autumn in Tarifa, as in winter, is the season with the lowest concentration of travelers, a good choice for those who prefer to have beaches and wind only for themselves.

  • With the advantage of only 25 days of rain (142 mm) in the total season, you can sunbathe on the beach until mid-October with temperatures dropping progressively from 25 °C to 15 °C.
  • Like every season of the year in Tarifa, windsurfing and kitesurfing are the favorite sports.
  • There is a great variety of mountain bike routes around Tarifa and it can be the most suitable time of the year to practice this sport due to the low rainfall.

Weather forecast in Tarifa for kitesurfing in Spain in the Windy.app for iOS. Photo: Quino-al / Unsplash

Best time to travel

The best months for windsurfing and kitesurfing in Tarifa are from May to November. The time of highest rainfall is during the winter so it is not the most ideal for water and wind sports but it is the perfect time for surfing since it reaches the maximum swell.

To choose when to visit Tarifa the spring-summer seasons are the most crowded and ideal for outdoor activities due to the perfect weather conditions.

The end of summer to the beginning of autumn is especially recommended, given the low rainfall and average temperatures of 20 °C. Given its climatic conditions, it is a place where the wind is present practically all year round.

General and travel information of the place

Tarifa is known as the wind capital of Europe because of its ideal location facing the Strait of Gibraltar, a narrow area of sea between North Africa and Southern Europe where the meeting of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic and the resulting difference in air pressure creates a strong, almost constant westerly wind. It has approximately 300 days of wind per year. That is why it has become an ideal scenario for windsurfers and kitesurfers in the world that can reach up to 80 km/h. There are two predominant winds in Tarifa; the Levante is the warm and strong easterly wind that blows offshore (from land to sea) and the Poniente is the cooler and lighter westerly wind from the Atlantic that blows onshore (from sea to land).

The views in Tarifa are privileged and it is a good place for bird watching, given its proximity to Africa, it is possible to do activities such as hiking or biking during any period of the year, being this always a complementary option to the main reason that brings travelers to Tarifa, the wind.

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