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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 actively supports sustainable practices. 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 Tarifa Area: Gibraltar Sightseeing Tour

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

4. 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: Gibraltar Dolphins Watching Day Trip

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

Tangier: 2-Day Trip From Tarifa

7. 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 Tarifa: Setenil de Las Bodegas and Ronda Day Trip

8. 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.

From Seville: 2-Day Trip to Tangier

9. From Seville: 2-Day Trip to Tangier

Tangier offers a beautiful and large cultural and historical legacy. Straddling the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Seas, this city hides a cosmopolitan aroma that unites the cultures of Africa and Europe. If you look at the sea, you will find the Bay of Tangier and the Strait of Gibraltar and if you look at the other side, you will see the walls of Tangier medina. Tangier is populated by more than a million inhabitants that coexist day by day. Visitors will enjoy both being in the medina and in front of its magnificent bay, with all the charms the city 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 for several hours. Take the opportunity to go deeper into Moroccan culture and learn about the African continent during this excursion. Afterwards, return to the port of Tangier to cross the strait again by ferry and finally, head to Seville city.

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What people are saying about Tarifa

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 724 reviews

We have had a bad experience from minute zero, they made a mistake at the meeting point, which was in Tarifa, and we arrived half an hour late for everything, the guides left and left us alone in Gibraltar, no guide, no recommendations, absolutely nothing. the dolphin sighting is not worth much because you hardly see anything, apart from the fact that everything is in English, in total we spent 4 hours on the excursion, you don't have time for anything, we were left wanting to visit the nature reserve, too I have to say that the customer service has been the best, they respond immediately and they have reimbursed us half of what we paid. Even so, we are very disappointed since it was a gift that we and my daughter and I gave to my husband and it was a real disaster.

A well organized excursion, great explanation in two languages, various whales sighted. Not suitable for children under the age of 12 (swell, nausea, urge to move). The guides had to look after children and wipe away the "residual nausea".

We were at the pirate on Sunday the 21st and it was exceptional. We had a voyage full of sightings. Next time we will go three hours because it is very short

A very good experience, not only for the sighting but also for the boat ride.

Excellent pity that there is no translation in French