Tarfaya is a small town in southern Morocco as part of the Laayoune-Sagia Lhamra Region with almost 8000 inhabitants. Tarfaya is an urban center capital of the homonymous province. The main economic activity is sea fishing.
Tarfaya is known in the history of Morocco as the gathering place of the event of the Green March in 1975. Tarfaya was occupied by the Spaniards until 1958. At that time it was called Villa Bens and the territory was called Cap Juby.
To arrive at Tarfaya, we must start by either Agadir 600 km across Highway 1 through Tiznit, Guelmim and Tan Tan or Laayoune 100 Km arriving by plane or Boujdour and Smara and through localities Daoura of Tah and that are part of the province of Tarfaya. A shipping line linking the port of Tarfaya at the port of Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, is being reopened.
Tarfaya is also known as historical stopover lines Aéropostale between Toulouse and Dakar between 1927 and 1933. A museum is dedicated to the adventure of airmail in Tarfaya.
Tarfaya is also known by its historical monument symbol: Casamar or the House of the Sea; A building constructed in the English sailor Mckenzie to be a trading post between sea and land.
Many outstanding natural sites are located in Tarfaya as Lagoon Khneffiss, the Mouth of the Devil or the beautiful bays or sand dunes courses.
Currently, Tarfaya is a developing city thanks to the efforts of the Moroccan government that account into a modern city with such efforts and urbanization as major projects such as the wind farm; the largest in Africa.
With its historical and natural potential, Tarfaya aspires to become a tourist destination in the Sahara.
Our tourism residence is part of the economic relations between Tarfaya and the Canary Islands. An investment which aims to promote the tourism offer and to present a tourist accommodation quality choice with affordable rates and a service to match.
Naviera Armas expanded its ferry service in 2007 to include a drive from Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to Tarfaya, Morocco.
The service began December 10, 2007 and fell on two trips per week with a crossing of 3 hours. The ferry used was the smallest in the fleet, the “Assalama”.
April 30, 2008, the ship was leaving the port when high winds pushed laterally forcing him to hit the rocks and then got caught in a sand bank where he still poses today. Residents gathered and with the use of the fishing boats, there was evacuating passengers. Vehicles, however, never left the ship and remained still in her womb.
After years of discussion on the binding, is unanimous in calling for the revival of the maritime link between the port of Tarfaya and the port of Puerto del Rosario to Fuertenvetura; One of the main islands of the Canary Islands especially the port of Tarfaya is being expanded to accommodate large ships.
At the time Tarfaya was controlled by the Spanish Empire, strict urban organization was established. Buildings were constructed: Fort, Church, Cultural Center, Cinema and Hospital.
Today, the remains of these monuments can still be observed.
So, once in Tarfaya and near the Municipality building, you can see the Fort of Tarfaya (Kasbah Tarfaya) and the Spanish cinema. A little further north, you can see another historic building called “Dar Lamia” or house of Lamia. Former Spanish hospital was renovated and unfortunately lost his originality and former Spanish Cultural Center after renovation transformed into a museum and cultural space dedicated to the Resistance.
Like any desert region of Grand Sahara Tarfaya has a huge pool composed of golden sand dunes. Sahara natural landscapes can be enjoyed by visiting appropriate cars. Camps and bivouacs are set up, including camping Canalina where you can stay and enjoy the desert in all its splendor and live pleasant moments in the infinite.
Canalina organizes desert trips with guides and necessary equipment. We welcome you in our campsite and offering the opportunity to gaze at the stars and the vastness of the universe under Bedouin tents.
A Sebkha between Tarfaya and Laayoune and through the lagoons formed by the Atlantic Ocean, a salt deposit is open in the sky of the desert. A white immense exhibits crystal clarity of salt used in food and industry. The extraction and collection of sea salt is a landscape that does not fail to whet your curiosity.
Casamar or the House of the Sea was a trading post built by the English sailor McKenzie in 1882 to trade with the locals. The English explorer chose to build his house between sea and land to obtain more freedom in trade and not to be the target of disgruntled inhabitants of such a presence. Casamar was bought by the Sultan of Morocco Hassan and I was offered to Tarfaya.
Casamar today is a historic monument of great value, symbol of the city of Tarfaya, it has a charm and a strange beauty despite the deterioration it has suffered because of the time and natural phenomena. You can even enter freely during the low tide, passing on small rocks.
Khenifiss Lagoon or Lagoon Naila, is a natural and organic place that has a huge potential for ecotourism, it is located between the towns of Tan Tan and Tarfaya. The lagoon is a wonderful natural site with a perfect combination of desert and sea; from arid sands and fertility of the water.
In 1998, the Moroccan Directorate for Cultural Heritage has added to the tentative list of World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, which means that it was intended to “propose for inscription in the next five to ten years” .
It is part of Khenifiss National Park, created in 2006.
The Atlantic coast is full of potential in terms of fishing. In the lagoon Khnefiss in large cliffs Akhfennir in the vicinity of Amgriw about thirty kilometers south of Tarfaya, you will be in the presence of various species of fish: bream, zebra, wolves, bars, croaker and mullet several kilos jump the waves, pursued by the bars.
Between 1927 and 1933 the adventure of transportation of international mail by air reached its peak. Tarfaya was a call made famous by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author and head of agency in Tarfaya. It is in these places that Saint-Exupéry was inspired to write his famous books including “The Little Prince” and “Courrier Sud”. Between sea and desert, A. de Saint-Exupéry had occasion to meditate and think about the relations between men.
Tarfaya houses a small museum honoring airmail and organizes every year, in collaboration with the Latécoère Memory Association, welcoming participants in the raid on the trail of airmail. A miniature aircraft is also exposed to the ledge of Tarfaya in homage to the adventure of the Latécoère Lines.
The Tarfaya wind farm is located 20 km from the city of Tarfaya on the Atlantic coast, where it enjoys favorable conditions for wind power. With 131 wind turbines and a capacity of 301 MW in all, it is the largest wind farm in Africa.
The park was commissioned in December 2014 after two years of work and investment of 5 billion dirhams. The energy produced directly supplies the national electricity lines.
This park will provide 15% of the 2 GW that has set Morocco in the wind component of its renewable grand plan, which aims to produce 42% of its power from green energy by 2020.
Between Tarfaya and Akhfennir, not far from the road, is the large hole or the mouth of the devil as some delight to call it. A huge hole caused by sea erosion. A wonder of nature that deserves a break photo and contemplation. A memory to capture a photo or two.