Koala Tarifa, Andalucia, Spain

Comfort, colour and no koalas in 5 funky apartments at the heart of Tarifa's Old Town.

Tarifa has seen a complete metamorphosis over the past 20 years thanks to its new-found status as surf capital of southern Europe.

The narrow streets of its ancient centre are now lined with buzzy bars and restaurants, boutiques and über-trendy design shops.

Owner Marta ran one of the best of them before turning her artistic eye towards Koala’s 300-hundred-year-old walls. After extensive restoration she created 5 guest apartments which place the decorative accent on functional, contemporary and spare design whilst preserving many of the original features of this traditional Andaluz townhouse.

The house turns around a flagged patio, which doubles as a chill-out area, and the apartments are reached via staircases that radiate out from this central axis. Varying in size and configuration, any one would be a comfortable base in Tarifa.

Marta and her partner Björn can advise on where to shop, eat or swim but Koala’s set up would best suit folk who are happy to make their own arrangements. Not too daunting when the town centre, with its buzzy Café Central, is just around the corner.

Koala Tarifa in Tarifa is an apartment hotel with doubles costing from €80 B&B

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