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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.

Tarifa: Tangier Day Trip by Ferry with Lunch & Moroccan Tea

2. Tarifa: Tangier Day Trip by Ferry with Lunch & Moroccan Tea

Embark on a guided day trip from Tarifa in Spain to the Moroccan city of Tangier by ferry. See the iconic Hercules Caves, visit the Mendoubia Palace, and enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch paired with a mint tea. Onboard the ferry at the port in Tarifa, sit back, relax and enjoy the calming effect of the sea. Make sure you have your camera with you, as you don't want to miss photo opportunities of the scenery as you sail. First, alight the ferry at the port in Tangier. Next, visit the iconic lighthouse Cape Spartel, where you can admire one of the best views of the Strait of Gibraltar and see the Caves of Hercules, the kasbah, the medina, and the souk. Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture as you visit a traditional souk market. Walk around and feel the bustling atmosphere, smell the sweet aroma of mixed spices, and admire the bright traditional carpets on sale from local artists. Marvel at the bright white Mendoub Palace and admirer this 10-acre property. Listen as your guide tells you about the history as you walk around this impressive palace. Get to know this wonderful Moroccan city as your guide tells you about its history and traditions. Next, enjoy a traditional lunch at a Moroccan restaurant. Taste dishes such as Harira soup, beef, and lamb skewers accompanied by couscous. Listen to live Moroccan music as you end your lunch with Moorish pastries as your dessert paired with traditional Moroccan tea. End your day on a high as you board the ferry at the port of Tangier Ville to board the ferry back to Tarifa.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

3. From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

Enjoy a day trip from Seville to Tangier. Transfer to the ferry aboard an airconditioned vehicle. Save time with an express ferry from the charming village of Tarifa to Tangier. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar, take a sightseeing tour, and eat a local lunch.  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. 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.

Tangier: 2-Day Trip From Tarifa

4. Tangier: 2-Day Trip From Tarifa

Tangier offers a huge cultural and historical legacy, straddling the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Seas, this medina has a cosmopolitan style that unites the cultures of Africa and Europe. If you look at the sea, you find the Bay of Tangier and the Straits of Gibraltar; if you look at the other side, you can see the white walls of the city. Visitors will enjoy both the medina and the bay, all the charms that this place has to offer. When the ferry arrives, your local guide will take you through the streets of the medina to visit the most unique places in the city for several hours. You will then have the opportunity to immerse yourselves in Moroccan culture and get to know a new continent during the day. Afterward, you will return to the Port of Tangier to cross it again by ferry and finally, head back to Seville.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier

5. From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier

Depart Seville at 7:00 AM and begin the journey to Tangier. Arrive at the ferry port and board the ferry at approximately 10:00/10:30 AM. Along the way, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy views of the Spanish and African coast. Keep an eye out for whales and dolphins that migrate through the strait. Arrive in Tangier after 1-hour and meet your local guide. Visit Medina, the ancient fortified area of the city, and see the blue-painted streets. Explore the narrow streets of the city. Stop at local landmarks such as a traditional Berber pharmacy and a carpet factory. Enjoy a typical Moroccan lunch that includes an appetizer, starter, and main course. You’ll also have the opportunity to try Moroccan pastries and mint tea at your own cost. 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. Late afternoon, you’ll board the ferry and head back to Tarifa. Be back in Seville by 22:30 PM.

From Tarifa Area: Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

6. From Tarifa Area: Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

Your sightseeing tour of Gibraltar begins with a pickup from your selected meeting point. On the way to Gibraltar the tour bus may stop for additional pickups. Enjoy and relax during the scenic ride. Once arriving in Gibraltar, depends of the option you choose Standard or Rock Tour, you will head to the city center to begin a guided tour that includes visits to Europa Point where you can see its iconic lighthouse, the stunning and impressive labyrinth that is the Saint Michael Caves, and the wild monkeys of Apes Den. After the tour you will have a couple of hours to spend at your leisure in the city center. Take a stroll around the small, but charming city, have lunch, and discover abundant tax free shopping and interesting monuments. While on your own have the chance to visit the Gibraltar Museum or the Botanic Gardens. If you choose the Standard tour you can enjoy the city and visit the most relevant highlights by yourself.

From Seville: Gibraltar Dolphins Watching Day Trip

7. From Seville: Gibraltar Dolphins Watching Day Trip

This day-trip from Seville provides you with an opportunity to spot a variety of beautiful animals. Sailing for about 2 hours in the waters of the straits, look out for numerous species of dolphins in the wild, in a respectful manner. The fascinating experience sails through the Strait of Gibraltar, an area declared an International Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2006. The area provides an added thrill when friendly inhabitants of its waters, dolphins, approach the boats to exhibit themselves and satisfy the curiosity of tourists. In the Strait of Gibraltar, an area declared a Biosphere Reserve, there are 7 different species of cetaceans that, depending on their migratory routes, the abundance of food, and reproduction periods, live permanently or spend some time in this privileged marine area: the meeting point of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. After the cruise, spend the rest of the day in the amazing city of Gibraltar.

From Costa del Sol: Tangier, Tetouan, or Asilah Private Tour

8. From Costa del Sol: Tangier, Tetouan, or Asilah Private Tour

Embark on a private cultural-day trip to Tangier, Tetouan, or Asilah. Choose which of these famous Moroccan cities to visit and enjoy a pickup and drop-off service from your accommodation in from Málaga, Marbella, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, or Fuengirola. Begin your tour with a trip to the ferry ports at Tarifa or Algeciras. Take the express ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar on your transfer to one of three chosen locations in Morroco.  Tangier: Begin a walking tour of a small colorful souk, seeing the dried fruits, vegetables, and spice markets. Discover the jewelers’ street and receive a full explanation of Moroccan wedding rituals before seeing the rich architecture of the Medina (Old Town) and the Kasbah (old fortress). Visit Cap Spartel, the impressive Palace of the Sultan, the Necropolis, and the caves of Hercules where the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea mix waters. Stop at an Atlantic dune to take pictures before enjoying a coastal camel-ride.  Tetouan: Take a sightseeing tour through the old and modern towns. Explore a teeming souk where you can let your senses lead you on a feast of sights and sounds and do some shopping. Continue through to the Jewish quarter and Spanish quarters where highlights include Rivera Square and Spain Square. Be enthralled by the tales of this marvelous town's history as told by your guide.  Asilah: Drive to Asilah from Tangier and discover its splendor for yourself. Take a stroll through the narrow streets of the walled medina and regale, taking in the evidence of the former Portuguese occupation of the city. Marvel at the colorful murals adorning the medina walls and explore Moroccan craft shops on its streets. Purchase a unique souvenir from your visit, before returning to Malaga.

Costa de la Luz: Gibraltar Day Trip & Dolphin Watching Tour

9. Costa de la Luz: Gibraltar Day Trip & Dolphin Watching Tour

See Gibraltar’s major landmarks on a guided day trip from Costa de la Luz. Enjoy a bus ride along with live commentary on board. Explore Gibraltar at your own pace (unguided). Take a catamarn to see up to 3 different dolphin species while admiring views of The Rock of Gibraltar, Spain, and North Africa. Start the trip from your chosen meeting point. Hop on a bus and enjoy the journey along the Costa de la Luz and the Bay of Algeciras. Learn about the history of the British colony from your guide. Once at La Linea, cross the border to get to Gibraltar. Hop off the bus and time at leisure (unguided) to stroll around at Casemates Square in the city center or the Alameda Botanic Gardens , the Ocean Village or go to Main Street to indulge in some duty-free shopping. This tour is about Dolphins so the sail usually starts at 12:30, but our bus guide will inform your with more details on the day of the tour. On this excursion you will be in an uncrowded and friendly environment, on board the catamaran “Dolphin Adventurer.” You will get live commentary and the service of expert guides who will explain everything that you see. Learn about the characteristics of the marine animals that you encounter, the particularities of the Strait, and why the area has been declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve from your onboard guide. After the boat sail, get still some free time to continue exploring Gibraltar. Get tips from our bus guide on where to grab a bite, and try the typical fish and chips. Then, come back to meet your tour guide at the agreed-upon time adn place for the return journey.

From Tarifa: Setenil de Las Bodegas and Ronda Day Trip

10. From Tarifa: Setenil de Las Bodegas and Ronda Day Trip

After leaving the Tarifa Area, it continues along a panoramic route to San Pedro and up in the mountain with wonderful views. Arrival at Setenil de las Bodegas, one of the most beautiful and original white villages in the province of Cádiz. Take advantage of your free time to enjoy this peculiar town. Visit the houses embedded under the rocks of the cliff and sit down for a coffee. In Ronda, arrive at the bus station before continuing on foot to the incredible views of the New Bridge, which crosses El Tajo of ronda over the Guadalevin River. You will have free time to discover this famous village of Málaga province. Walking through the romantic center of the city, with its churches, mini-palaces and the oldest bullring in Spain, and a lot of offers to to enjoy and explore on your free time at your own pace.

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The ferry was over an hour late leaving Tarifa. Of course, that time was missing. The trip was still great! Rachid in Tanga was a fun and extremely knowledgeable guide. He can speak 7 languages, so pretty much everyone understands him. It's still a stressful tour because everything is very tight. But still recommended. It is also good to know that everyone with a passport has to wait in line to be stamped on the ship! It is also important that you get a sticker at the port of departure by which you can be recognized. So you don't have to look for anyone. :) All in all, it's a successful trip with good food and a good impression of Morocco (you get used to the vendors in the streets). Gladly again!

Rachid was a totally great guide. Unfortunately, the ferry departure was postponed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. In the end it started at 12 o'clock, so unfortunately we weren't in Tangier until 1 o'clock. And at 17:30 we had to be back on the ferry

We realized very quickly that the smartest thing we did on this trip was to join this group. Our experience, had we been on our own would not have had 1/10 of the impact and we would have missed out on so much of this amazing culture.

It is a great tour and Rashid was very friendly. It would be nice to have a little time to shop for souvenirs at the end.

Very nice trip. Our guide Rashid was fantastic, best guide we ever had