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Association Yurts Tarifa

Off grid living in Natural Park

Our Story


Since coming to live on this land over 20 years ago, we have become its custodians.


To live in Natural Park is to take responsibility for its wellbeing. Once, largely barren and overgrazed, our 5 hectare plot has flourished into a thriving haven of flora and fauna.


Initially home to a local family, the land had been farmed for generations. By restoring their ancestral home and sharing the ripening tomato harvest in their allotment, our family was quickly accepted by the neighbours.  


The Bedouin tents we lived in during the restoration of the buildings later became quirky 

accommodation for adventurous travellers.


Now the specially designed, handcrafted, yurts provide a wonderful base for exploring the Natural Park and nearby attractions activities and day trips.


The yurt garden is also a great space for people that crave nature, peace, and a  sense of community. It lends itself to all kinds of rustic retreats; from creative workshops, to birdwatching, to family reunions!  

Please get in touch about any kind of group activity you would like to propose and we will try to accommodate your needs.

Living Sustainably


Over the years we have become more and more connected to the land we live on and realise the importance of preserving natural spaces through responsable land management.

Through protecting and planting native and naturalised plantlife and manageing the land regeneratively; we are improving the quality of the soil, its capacity to hold water, and the variety of insects, reptiles and other animals that live here.


We have created a space that is integral to the survival of many migrating birds, offering them an oasis within which they can replenish their strength on their long journey across the Strait of Gibraltar.

We strive to continue to "re-wild" our little patch and share our experience with others also wishing to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.  


Our aim is to decrease our carbon footprint,  and that of our guests, whilst encouraging a proliferation of fauna and flora in the Natural Park.  


Reducing our ecological impact is at the heart of every decision we make on the property. 


Your contribution as a member of our  non-profit association, Yurts Tarifa, brings us a step closer to our goal.

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Our projects

Always implementing ways to regenerate and rewild the land, and reduce our impact, we are always excited to learn and try new things!  

Regenerative land management


The land here has suffered from deforestation, fires, and overgrazing for many years. Since the year 2000, we have planted over 300 hardy trees, 30 fruit trees, and are caring for hundreds of native plant species to help restructure the soil, prevent erosion and provide a multi-layered canopy for local fauna and migrating birdlife.

Handmade Yurt in natural setting

The Yurts

The perfect example of sustainability, the yurt is a wonderful structure used by nomadic cultures all over the Middle East and Asia. It adapts perfectly to all climates, can be built from 100% natural materials, and can be dismantled without leaving a trace. We have three, which can be booked separately for family holidays or quiet couples, or all together for groups.  Visitors can enjoy activities based in the Natural Park, in and around Tarifa or, even organise retreats, workshops, or courses based on the farm.  Their simplicity and design help bring us closer to nature.

Natural Pond and plunge pool

The Pond

Our natural pond and plunge pool serves many purposes.  A refreshing dip is always a pleasure on a hot day, for humans, migrating birds and all sorts of other creatures...We cultivate and encourage a huge variety of flowering shrubs, succulents, and wildflowers to sustain the insect population, as well as provide a colourful backdrop all year round.  It is also serves as protection in the case of fire.

Domestic wind generator for sustainable power

Green Energy

Although only 3kms from the town centre, we are completely off-grid!

We have a small windmill, solar water panels, solar electricity, and gas cooking facilities. Our water comes from our own well and is perfectly potable, so you don't need to buy plastic bottles!  We recycle all rubbish possible. 

Waste water is recycled in a natural soakaway system that waters the gardens, keeping them lush throughout the summer.  

We are always improving our energy efficiency and trying to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. We use eco friendly cleaning products.

Bee hives to be filled @yurtstarifa #hives #


Such a vital part of all life on earth, bees carry out the pollination we need to grow most of our food.  Once there were many beekeepers in the area but it is a dying tradition, and their presence is 

welcomed by all farmers. We care for our hives as un-intrusively as possible and are repaid with a bountiful veggie garden and, occasionally, some honey!  

No dig vegetable garden for soil regeneration

The Veggie Garden

Over the past two decades, we have learnt much from our veteran neighbours, who have farmed this land their whole lives, and for generations. However, the soil is poor, the weather is harsh and we have always avoided the chemical fertilizers and pesticides they rely on.

We have experimented with many practices and love seeing the soil improve every year. With a combination of "no dig" gardening, raised beds, mulching, compost, seaweed, and patience, we are able to make preserves, pickles, and sauces to last us the year.  

The foliage also feeds our chickens that provide us with fresh eggs in return.  

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