The ‘Levante’ wind

Rebranded Tarifa in the far south west of Spain enjoys a reputation for being a windsurfer’s paradise. This is largely due to the wind of course!

This particular strong and constant wind is known here as the Levante, and it blows though the Straight of Gibraltar:

It’s a pocket of wind which is funnelled through the Straight from an easterly to westerly direction, and it is most common in the Summer. But it is also blowing strongly today.

Back to Tarifa, and did you know that it once held the dubious honour of being Europe’s suicide capital? They say this was due to the debilitating effects of the Levante wind; known for its ability to depress the mind and ail the body.

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