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From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

1. From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to spend the day in the lively city of Tangier and get a feel for life in Morocco. Upon arrival in Africa, meet a local guide and take a minibus tour through the city and continue to see rural sights such as the Caves of Hercules and the amazing Cape Spartel promontory. Return to the vibrant city center to explore the bustling alleys of the medina and discover the most important corners of the historical city center. Enjoy lunch and go for a camel ride if you wish to experience the city from a different perspective. Return to Spain on the ferry and be back in time for dinner.

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

2. From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

Visit Chefchaouen, a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the 18th-century kasbah, a central mosque and cafes with authentic Moroccan style menus. The market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist souvenirs — it’s often very busy, but worth a visit for the bargains. On your walking tour with your driver, explore the kasbah which was built by Moulay Ismail and is now practically a ruin next to the Great Mosque. Visit the charming main square and the souks that sell an array of goods. If you head to the Jewish quarter behind the jewelry souk, you will feel the difference between it and the main Arabic feel of the town. Afterwards, discover the waterfalls of Akchour, a natural beauty, and the small breathtaking waterfalls. A local tour guide is provided at Akchour.

From Tangier: Chefchaouen Full-Day Trip

3. From Tangier: Chefchaouen Full-Day Trip

On this 7-hour excursion from Tangier you’ll head high up into the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, a town with a stunning walled medina, and originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen and features a kasbah built in the 18th century, a central mosque, and cafés with authentic Moroccan menus. The busy market offers a mix of traditional Moroccan wares and souvenirs, with some excellent bargains. The town itself is easy to explore. The kasbah, built by Moulay Ismail, is now practically a ruin and located next to it is the great mosque. Although the old medina is small, you’ll find souks offering an array of goods. If you head to the Jewish quarter behind the jewelry souk, you’ll get a feel for the difference in style between it and the main Arab town.

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen

4. From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen

Starting from Tangier at 9:00 AM, this tour will take you high up into the Rif Mountains to discover Chefchaouen, the beautiful blue door and white walled Medina, which was originally a Berber post. Enjoy a guided tour of the city when you arrive. See the main square, the heart of Chefchaouen, with its 18th-century kasbah, central mosque, and cafes with authentic Moroccan style menus. Stroll the market to discover a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourists souvenirs. Visit the Jewish Quarter behind the jewelry souk to discover a unique part of the city. Drive back to Tangier and arrive by 5:00 PM.

Tangier Half-Day Guided City Tour

5. Tangier Half-Day Guided City Tour

Take a half-day tour to discover the history and culture of Tangiers. After pickup from your hotel, start your tour of the city and its surroundings. Visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules caves to enjoy an exceptional view of the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Kasbah district next to the port, and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina.   Stop to admire the magnificent minaret, overlooking the sea. Enjoy the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Tangier: Food Walking Tour

6. Tangier: Food Walking Tour

Meet your local guide and begin walking through the winding streets of the Old Medina of Tangier, the beating heart of Moroccan cosmopolitan culture. Listen to fascinating anecdotes regarding the history and traditions of food in the region. The food in Tangier is delicious, rich, and varied. Taste a fresh juice, dates, cheese, olives, fresh fruits, mint tea, and a complete main meal. Begin the tour in the morning at Sour Maagazine. Meander through the city for 3 to 3.5 hours and 2.5 to 3 miles, stopping at more than 6 spots for tastings along the way. Upon completion of the tour, savor a tasty full meal in a traditional local restaurant. The tour ends at Cafe El Hafa.

Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

7. Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Tangier on a private sightseeing tour and discover all its main attractions, from bustling markets to historic caves. You will first drive to Malabata Cape (East Tangier) for a great orientation view of the city. Look over at Europe on one side and Africa on the other. Drive through the new city to Spartel Cape (West Tangier), considered the most northwesterly point of Africa, and where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. The next stop will be the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, the caves were once the home of Hercules, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Discover the old face of the city, starting with the Kasbah, where artists and writers have gathered for centuries. Go to the Archaeological Museum, before walking through the colorful streets of the Medina to Mendoubia Gardens and Saint Andrews Church. Experience the electric atmosphere of the Berber market of Sidi Bouabid, where you will have some free time to shop before your drop-off.

Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

8. Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Casablanca, at which point you will be taken to the train station to board your high-speed train to Tangier. Upon your arrival, your local guide and driver in Tangier will be waiting for you outside the train station, with a placard stating your full name. From here, you will begin touring around Tangier and its surroundings, including the Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves. From this point you will receive exceptional views of both the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. You will then visit the Kasbah district next to the port, and the old Medina, complete with its craftsmanship shops and the magnificent Minaret. You will have the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

9. From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

Depart from Seville and journey to the beautiful village of Tarifa to catch the fast ferry to Tangier.   Upon arrival, discover the cosmopolitan flavor of a city that combines the cultures of Africa and Europe. Take a panoramic city tour by bus and visit the Cap Spartel promontory at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. Visit the Caves of Hercules, where ancient Greek and later Roman mythology believed the demi-god slept before his eleventh labor.  Return to the city center to enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant. Then, explore the narrow streets of the Medina and discover its most picturesque spots. Return to the port for the journey back to Seville in the late evening. IMPORTANT FOR YOUR TRIP TO TANGIER : Covid Vaccination Certificate with 2 or 3 valid doses (less than 9 months since last vaccination). If this is not the case, you must be PCR negative. PCR valid for 48 h. You must complete an official health form.Those over 12 years of age must have their vaccination certificate.

Tangier & Chefchaouen: 2-Day Tour From Casablanca By Train

10. Tangier & Chefchaouen: 2-Day Tour From Casablanca By Train

Take this 2 day tour to discover the rich history and culture of Tangiers and Chefchaouen via a high- speed train from Casablanca. Not only is the area visually stunning, but it has always been a major hub for artists and writers. Visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules caves to enjoy an exceptional view of the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Kasbah district next to the port and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina. Stop to admire the magnificent minaret, overlooking the sea. Pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles. The next day, head high up into the Rif Mountains to Chefchaouen, a town with a stunning walled medina, and originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen and features a kasbah built in the 18th century, a central mosque, and cafés with authentic Moroccan menus. The busy market offers a mix of traditional Moroccan wares and souvenirs, with some excellent bargains. The town itself is easy to explore. The kasbah, built by Moulay Ismail, is now practically a ruin, and located next to it is the great mosque. Although the old medina is small, you’ll find souks offering an array of goods.

Frequently asked questions about Tangier

What top attractions are a must-see in Tangier?

Planning Your Visit

  • Experience the Souks

    There are a number of souks in Tangier, where you can buy leather goods, furniture, clothing, and ornamental objects for excellent value, as long as you're happy to barter! Start lower than you intend to pay, and laugh off a vendor's original price--tourists will always be charged a huge markup. But if you're brave, hold your nerve and bring change, you'll be amazed what you can buy for 10 dirham!

  • Daytripping

    As a port town, Tangier is a popular day trip or excursion destination from Cadiz, Gibraltar, or mainland Spain. Check ferry times and destinations before you travel.

  • What to wear

    Morocco is a Muslim country, so it is unusual to see women in short skirts or revealing clothing. To avoid glances or comments--cover shoulders, knees, and your chest in public.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +212
  • Best time to visit
    Weather-wise it is best to travel during the early summer and late spring. You can explore beautiful sights across the city in the cooler weather and take part in various outdoor activities without the summer tourist crowds.

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What people are saying about Tangier

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 357 reviews

This experience was just incredible. The blue city and the waterfalls are just magical. Our guide, Omar, was simply the best guide I’ve ever had in my many experiences of traveling. We began our trip by going to the blue city. We drank a really fresh orange juice (that was offered to us by Omar) and he took really good quality pictures of us. We then went to the waterfalls and, oh boy ! It was breathtaking. The beauty of the nature was simply amazing. Omar followed us in every little crazy idea we had. He was kind, patient, and really knew the best places. He took us to a spot not full of tourists where we were able to eat right next to the water. I really recommend this trip, either with friends, partners, or family it is simply the best day trip. If you go there, ask for Omar, he’s the best. I’m definitely going back this summer with family!

Couldn’t recommend this trip more! The driver and guide were both fantastic, giving interesting/easy to understand facts throughout the day. Every detail was accounted for, from drinking tea while enjoying a beautiful city view to the wifi in the car(!).

Excellent day. Our guide Rachid was excellent. He met us off the ferry and escorted us back on. Details of meeting place in Tarifia was confusing. Should notify to meet in the port building. Rachid made our day. All together an excellent tour.

I joined this tour myself and the experience was excellent! My guide Omar is very nice. He took very good care of me for the whole day. The tour is very informative and relaxing. Strongly recommend for everyone!

Super expérience. Hamza our guide was super kind and friendly. We highly appreciate the tour