Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Beaches 2007

by Natalie Walsh

Playa de los Lances, Tarifa, Spain

The vibe: Surf hard, play hard. Flirt even harder.

Picture this: Hard bodies clutching wind- and kite-boards rub elbows along Tarifa's famous five-mile stretch of sandy paradise. Situated at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, where the Med meets the Atlantic, the conditions bring out the athletic A-crowd from around the continent. After dark, everybody moves off the water and into Tarifa's lively bars and tapas joints.

The crowd: Pretty girls and ab-alicious boys who relish showing off their surfer souls and sport-crafted bodies.

The sundowner: Sangria by the jug in Old Town

Come to bed: Shack up at shabby-chic, Moorish-style Posada La Sacristía, a 17th-century inn transformed into one of the city's best boutique hotels. The ten rooms are stuffed with tasteful antiques and swathed in sumptuous ethnic fabrics. Soothing massages, live music, and cool art exhibitions are also on tap.

Posada La Sacristía
Tel: 34 956 681 759
Doubles from $185

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