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From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

1. 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.

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen

2. 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.

Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

3. 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.

Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

4. Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

Today you will be brought face to face with the real Tangier. Start out with a peaceful drive along la Corniche, the central beach, and then visit the east side of the city. From here, you can snap some pictures over the port, and if you're lucky, you might even be able to see Spain from here! Then, its time to head inland and visit Iberia and the California residential area, which is filed with luxurious chalets and villas (a bit like California itself!). Your guide will point out the history of these locations as you are treated to some fine photo and shopping opportunities. Then, head along the coast for a tour of the mythical Hercules caves. These caves are said to have once housed the hero, and you can decide for yourself what parts of the legend to believe. After the caves, it's time to come to the real heart of Tangier, with a walking tour of the Kasbah. This 15th century fortress has been rocked by a tumultuous history, and as a crossroads of life here in Tangier, serves as a meeting grounds for people of all walks of life. The archeological museum offers a nice contrast to the packed and colorful streets. There's no shortage of people trying to sell you things, so keep a close eye for the best bargains. Afterwards, head to the fruit and vegetable market for a different kind of commerce. Here you can taste all sorts of delectable fruits and olives, and also get a good look at Mendoubia, with its 800 year old Banion Tree. There is a chance for a mint tea in the Petit Socco before returning back to our starting point.

Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

5. 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.

Tangier: 4-Hour Guided Shore Excursion

6. Tangier: 4-Hour Guided Shore Excursion

Following pickup from the Tangier Ville port, you'll begin with a tour of the city and its surroundings. Following that, visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves, which provide an exceptional view of both the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. From there, continue to the Kasbah district next to the port and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina. You'll then stop to admire the magnificent minaret overlooking the sea, before taking 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 conclusion of your tour, you'll be dropped off back to the Tangier Ville port.

From Tangier: Full-Day Tangier, Asilah, & Cape Spartel Tour

7. From Tangier: Full-Day Tangier, Asilah, & Cape Spartel Tour

This tour is a combination of sightseeing and culture. Visit both Cape Spartel and Hercules Caves, take in panoramic views of the city, and head up to the white jewel of the north. Discover the medina, the casbah, and Morocco's beautiful beaches.  After a pickup from the airport, port, or your hotel in Tangier, begin the tour by 9:00 AM. The day will be devoted to discovering the beautiful Tangier and Asilah. Upon arrival in Asilah, embark on a walking tour to discover the Old Medina, medieval ramparts, and the workshops of craftsmen. Experience the life of the locals and begin to understand the history, culture, and lifestyles of the area. Pick up insights throughout the day from your English-, Spanish-, French-, and Arabic-speaking guide. Head back to Tangier to see the Grand Socco, Mendoubia Park, and the market. Enjoy 2 hours of free time in the old medina of Tangier. Continue on to see the Jewish Quarter and Synagogue, the American legation, and the Jewish Graveyard, before ending in the Petit Socco by 5:00 or 6:00 PM.

Tangier: 4-Hour City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

8. Tangier: 4-Hour City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Meet your guide at Tangier port and then begin your 4-hour shore excursion adventure. Drive along the coast and admire the stunning beaches and celebrity mansions that line the way as you head towards the Hercules Caves located at the extreme northwest of Africa. Local legend says that the caves are where Hercules was able to separate Europe from Africa, and are surrounded with myth and mystery. At the caves, marvel at the views across the Straits of Gibraltar and then continue onto Tangier’s Kasbah. The Kasbah sits atop the cliffs, Medina and city’s port, and is an array of whitewashed walls and colorful architecture. From your guide, learn about the stories surrounding the site and then visit the nearby souk, full of stalls selling local crafts and produce. Afterwards, wander through the labyrinth of lane ways in Tangier and feel immersed in the unique atmosphere of this bustling location. Visit Mandoubia Park to amble around its luscious green landscapes and soak up the glorious sunshine. Finally, enjoy a cup of mint tea at one of Tangier’s legendary cafes that has hosted International celebrities, artists, and spies throughout the 20th century. After 4 hours of exploration, the tour ends at Tangier harbor.

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What people are saying about Ancien Medina

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 376 reviews

Best tour we have ever had!! Tour guide was amazing and showed us all around the city and got us the best photo spots. He was practically our own personal photographer. Driver was amazing and the car had wifi and water. This tour made for the perfect day and perfect trip. I could not recommend it more. It is a MUST if you are going to see the blue city!

We had a wonderful day trip out to Chefchaouen. Mohamed Saimo was the BEST tour guide. He was super friendly and knowledgeable. We were three women traveling Morocco alone and he made us feel very safe. Our driver Ramzi was wonderful as well. It was overall a great experience and I would highly recommend booking with Mohamed.

wonderful day! from start to finish with the kindness of our two drivers, not to mention Assaad who was able to tell us about the beauties and the history of the beautiful blue. Thanks to you and all the cats met today in Chefchaouen

Very good experience, I recommend 100%. Thank you to the guide and the driver who were very caring and professional!

It was a beautiful experience. Too bad it rained. Extremely helpful driver, friendly guide. Anyway ... Recommended