- Laayoune Sakia El Hamra
Want to discover Tarfaya? There are a thousand and one ways to do so. Tarfaya is a jewel that is still untouched on the Atlantic coast. Going to Tarfaya is worth a detour just to be between ocean and desert, a universe of confusing contrasts.
Tarfaya is away from the world, a hemmed-in city, a corridor of wind between sea and desert. It remains however a lively little fishing port which faces the Canary Islands.
Tarfaya is a city in southern Morocco, called Villa Bens during the Spanish period. It is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, 890km southwest of Rabat, its population is 7,000.
Tarfaya is a symbolic city in Moroccan history dating back more than two and a half centuries as testified its historical monuments indicating the presence of the colonising powers including occupation in 1882 by the English.
They built a trading post there called Casa del Mar, which is currently in a state of disrepair.
As part of a strong desire to develop tourism in this region, the shipping line connecting Tarfaya to the Canary Islands should again be operational in the near future.
A tourism project in Tarfaya is underway and a wind farm is also being implemented.
To speak of Tarfaya is also to recount the miles of white sand beach, a still-intact landscape of wilderness, a population among which emblematic figures still bear witness to the great eras linked to their small town.
In the meantime, the museum dedicated to the life and work of the great French aviator Antoine de St Exupéry should not be missed.
Tarfaya is still little known, an authentic small town in full development which will soon become a tourist destination of the Kingdom.
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