Where the Atlantic and Mediterranean Meet

Tarifa, Spain, Viewed from Isla de Las PalomasTarifa, Spain, viewed from Isla de Las Palomas with the Atlantic Ocean on the left and the Mediterranean Sea on the right.

Just off the coast of Tarifa, Spain, sits Isla de Las Palomas, which is the southern-most point of mainland Europe. This point also marks the dividing line between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. And it has the signs to prove it!

The island is connected to Tarifa by an elevated causeway. Although one can walk to the island, access onto the island-proper is restricted as it is owned by the Ministry of Defense.

Panorama of Tarifa, Spain, Viewed from Isla de Las PalomasAt the end point of the causeway, my husband and I were buffeted by the Strait of Gibraltar’s strong winds as we stood between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Note the two indicator signs on either side of the road.

Atlantic Ocean Sign on Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa, SpainThe Atlantic to the west.

Mediterranean Sea Sign on Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa, SpainThe Mediterranean to the east.

Mediterranean Sea Viewed from Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa, SpainFrom here one can see Africa…

Mediterranean Sea Viewed from Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa, SpainAcross a relatively calm sea.

Atlantic Ocean from Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa, SpainJust on the other side of the road is the western edge of Isla de Las Palomas as it is struck by Atlantic swells with wind-swept white caps.

Atlantic Ocean Viewed from Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa, SpainBut the Atlantic isn’t always so aggressive. As the afternoon turned to evening, the winds died down, making the Atlantic appear more subdued.

Mediterranean Sea Viewed from Isla de Las Palomas, Tarifa, SpainAnd then all seemed calm. Beyond a quiet Mediterranean cove, at the distant harbor’s edge, stands the statue of Virgen Del Carmen*, patron saint of the sea and those who fish there. A fitting choice given that, here, two great and unpredictable forces meet.

*Or it could be a statue of Jesus or St. Francis or ?…. Internet sources disagree. I’ll have to keep looking into this.

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About satnavandcider

An American expat living in England, exploring the United Kingdom and Europe through five senses and a camera lens.
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4 Responses to Where the Atlantic and Mediterranean Meet

  1. I always prefer the calm waters of the Mediterranean… 🙂

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