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Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

1. Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

Embark on a whale watching cruise from Tarifa. Go through the Strait of Gibraltar and enjoy the multitude of aquatic species in this international biosphere reserve. Keep an eye out for common, striped, and bottlenose dolphins. Hop aboard in Tarifa and cruise through the Strait of Gibraltar. Take in sweeping views of the coast. Try to spot pilot, fin, and sperm whales as you go along. Watch as these whales play and frolic in their natural environment. Take a whale watching adventure with a high likelihood of seeing a whale or dolphin. Know that if you don't see any species of cetacean, you will get a second chance. Travel with a company that activity supports sustainable practices and that has been certified as eco-friendly by a third-party agency. Approach animals with caution to avoid disturbing them. Feel comfortable knowing that this tour provider uses the distance and speeds outlined by Spanish Legislation and the ACCOBAMS regulations.

From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

2. 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 Seville: Gibraltar Dolphins Watching Day Trip

3. 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 Tarifa Area: Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

4. 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 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.

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

5. 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.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Tarifa

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 130 reviews

Great way to see Tangiers in a day. Exploring old town can be intimidating if you don’t know your way around so a guide is extremely helpful. Our guide Rashid was amazing. He was very knowledgeable (he’s been doing this for 30+ years), he speaks many different languages fluently and he was a very happy and funny man. Our particular tour got delayed an hour or so because of issues with the ferry so our guide had to move us along faster than usual at the sights so we can fit everything in the tour. I think it was a good pace though - I didn’t feel rushed. Rashid was very good at managing the time. My family and I are very happy with our experience and would highly recommend.

Excellent experience for those who want to spend a day in Morocco, rashid a super guide from the reservation had to speak only English but we found out that he speaks almost 6 languages: English, French, Arabic, German, Spanish and a little Italian. Safe trip for everyone, even families like us (6 month old baby).

The tour was very well organized. Bording the boat meeting our tour guide Rashid, travel time management, the incredible amount of information we received from Rashid was just fantastic. Highly recommend the one day trip.

Great activity more than recommended to enjoy with the family. The staff was very attentive and made a lot of effort, so we could see dolphins, pilot whales and sunfish

With Rashid we had a great guide that took us through Tarifa. Despite the short stay, we got a good insight.