We're pretty entranced by the idea of a holiday right now, and since our SS14 collection landed online, we've become pretty excited about what to wear on this phantom holiday too. With this in mind, we asked our Creative Director and Founder, Chloe Lonsdale, about Tarifa, her favourite holiday destination.
Place where you stayed
We stay in the Arte Vida if we want the beach party vibe or otherwise rent a small house in the hills above it – our favourite is El Cancho, or the 'Wallpaper House'. It’s truly amazing to be perched high above the sea where you can watch dolphins and surfers co-exist, whilst being surrounded by cow bells and mountain flowers. It's basic living but that’s how we like it.
Places you dined (restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, juice bars, etc.)
Every day we have a breakfast of tomato bread and fresh juice at Café Azul in the old town – it's buzzing with locals and always a treat. Lunch is normally either simple Spanish fare at Chiringito Tanagana or Club Mistral, where you can have easy beach food with your feet in the sand and your wetsuit hung out to dry alongside. Sundowner cocktails are a must on the beachfront of Arte Vida. They make lethal caiparinha's and have live DJs until the lights go out – but it's flip flops and t-shirts all the way. For an amazing dinner, Mandragora is out of the centre of town and hard to find but well worth it. It has a strong Moroccan influence combined with Mediterranean flavours. Lastly amazing tapas from Bar Morilla is a must before you leave.
Where you went (shops, galleries, museums, parks, beaches, etc.)
The main draw is the beach where you can simply relax in the shade of the palms or more often than not take up kite surfing at one of the many easy going kite schools. Everyone here kites or is learning and there is nothing like seeing a clear blue sky bobbing with the site of a hundred colourful sails in the wind – it is both an exhilarating and peaceful sport. There are also amazing Andalusian horses you can ride at dawn (we love The Hurricane Hotel for this) and for the more adventurous, a boat to Morocco is only 20 minutes and you can see across the straits most days. An afternoon in Tangier is an exotic experience and quite a reminder of the Moorish influence that reins over this part of Spain. Lastly, spend an afternoon wandering the narrow streets in town where cool surf shops vie with small boutiques for space - there are lots of local artisans and I always find some new treasures every time I'm there.
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This interview first appeared in C Social Front