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The palm fronted Hurricane Hotel sits above the beach where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, with Morocco just 15 km away across the straits of Gibraltar. It is on the coastal highway outside the town of Tarifa.

Laid back Andalusian in theme, it is set in lush gardens with a romantic dinner terrace that has views across to Africa.

The wind and kite surfing school helps make the most of Tarifa’s famous waves.

With the quiet patio and garden, this place is a lovely retreat during the warm months. The location is a few miles drive into town, so that might be a concern if you want to try other restaurants; and even though the building is only two stories, some visitors could have a problem with the stairs.

There are two bedroom family, villa style, rooms and simple plain standard rooms, no coffee facilities are available in the room for the morning and no TV either.

The informal breakfast and dinner are delicious although they don't offer a cooked breakfast, however plenty of fresh strawberries, melon, kiwis and large croissants are on offer each day.

Dinner is excellent in the lovely surroundings with an intimate atmosphere, worth staying at the hotel for rather than driving into Tarifa, although exploring the town is also a must. Only down side with children is that the restaurant doesn't serve food until 8pm.

Beach bar is excellent with lovely food.

The horse riding stables attached to the hotel offer fantastic rides in the mountains and on the beach. The beach is long and sandy and simply breathtaking.

So not a bad base if you are a family who like horse riding and water sports in season.

Beautiful swimming pool, open all year round (if you are brave enough)

The friendly bar area serves as the reception area as well and has a billiard table for little and big kids.

The are two swimming pools, one is an adults (16+) only within the gym/spa area which has a a hot tub on the roof.

There is also a steam room, nice after a day spend kiting or in the water.

Massages can be booked at reception as well as pilates classes.

It is a place to unwind, don't expect a standard hotel it's all very individual.

All the staff are very helpful and go out of their way to help you.

No shop near by and no buses into town.

Taxis cost around €20 to get into tarifa centre or an 8km walk!

Taxi to Gibralter costs around €60


Carretera National 340, km 78, 11380 Tarifa, Cádiz, Spain +34 956 849 19 www.hurricanehotel.com

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