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Tarfaya skyline
Tarfaya skyline
Tarfaya is located in Morocco
Location in Morocco, as shown at bottom left.
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Country  Morocco
Region Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra
Province Tarfaya Province
Population (2004)
 • Total 5,615
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
The town hall of Tarfaya
Monument dedicated to Antoine de Saint Exupéry, the author and the airport manager of L'Aéropostale at Cap Juby, just by Tarfaya
The fortress Casa del Mar, built by the British in the 1880s

Tarfaya (Arabic: ? - ?arfaya) is a town, previously also known as Villa Bens during the Spanish period, located in the Tarfaya Province of the Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra region of southwestern Morocco. It is a port town on the Atlantic coast, close to Cape Juby, which shares its name with the southern region of Morocco, and is located 890 km southwest of Rabat. According to the 2004 census, Tarfaya has a population of 5,615, the smallest of the four municipalities of the region, but it is the only one outside of the disputed Western Sahara.

In the 1920s, the French commercial air carrier Aéropostale constructed an airfield here. A small monument now stands at that site to honour the air carrier, its pilots in general and the French aviator and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in particular. He served as station manager here during his career as an airmail pilot.

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