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Overview

Discover the magic of Morocco on this full-day trip from Malaga to Tangier. After sailing across the Strait of Gibraltar, enjoy a coach tour around the tree-lined boulevards of modern Tangier, Morocco’s northern port city. Then, savor the sights and sounds of North Africa on a walking tour of the old ‘medina’ (walled city). Visit souks, scout for souvenirs at a bazaar, see the ‘casbah (citadel), enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant and more. With round-trip ferry transfers included, this is a great-value day out from Malaga to Morocco.
  • Full-day tour to Tangier, Morocco, from Malaga
  • Enjoy views of the Mediterranean Sea on a ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar
  • Take a walking tour of the medina
  • Go shopping in Tangier's local bazaar
  • Enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch of couscous or tagine
Leave central Malaga by air-conditioned coach and travel to the ferry port for Morocco. Board a high-speed ferry and relax as you sail across the Strait of Gibraltar.

After around an hour at sea, arrive in Tangier and set off on a panoramic coach tour of the modern quarter, known as the Ville Nouvelle.

Admire the promenade and tree-flanked avenues; and hear about Tangier’s 20th-century history, when it came under a mix of French, Spanish and British governance.

Next, take a walking tour of the small souk, where locals trade in foodstuffs and other goods, and then delve into the atmospheric alleyways of the medina (walled city). Stroll down the maze-like passages past tea houses, decorative doorways and shops, and stop to see the casbah (old citadel), with its whitewashed walls.

Browse the spice markets, watch a snake charmer, and visit a bakery to view and sample (own expense) some freshly made breads and pastries.

Scout out souvenirs at a bazaar selling carpets and handicrafts, and enjoy lunch at a typical Moroccan restaurant. Feast on a local classic such as slow-cooked tagine stew, and as you eat, watch a display of traditional Berber dancing.

Duly refreshed, drive to Cape Spartel, a promontory overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. Absorb the stunning views and after a break for mint tea, continue to a beautiful, dune-fringed beach.

Take a camel ride (own expense) here, or alternatively, enjoy some free time before catching the ferry back to Spain. Your tour finishes at the start point in Malaga.


Please note: the itinerary and scheduling of this trip is subject to change between December and April according to ferry timetables and the Ramadan holiday.

Reviews

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S
, Oct 2018

This was the Worst group trip we ever took. 45 people, no tour guide on the 2.5 hr trip there, just a woman clerk taking passport info. The distance should have taken only one hour, the rest-1.5 hrs,,,,,, was 8 or 9 detours to pick up people at hotels up and down the coast. We spent hours standing in lines and were herded into sales promotions in the kasbah with no choice, no way to escape. Missed the boat back because of the sales hack and had to stand for another hour and a half for the next one. Awful . Save yourself and run if they say “Julia Travel”.

G
, Oct 2018

Poorly organized. I am sure they are getting kick backs at all the stores and restaurants that they make you go into as part of the tour. Do not ask the tour guide for any help, he will not. Remember: these are his people. He owes you nothing, you will not be back but the guys on the street and the store owners, he sees and talks to them everyday. He does not have your back. The tour could have been so much better and stress free if they did a little planning. Maybe that is part of there deal, keep you confused and off guard and you need them.

A
, Oct 2018

One of the best Tours Ive ever taken, Would recommend. It was a long day but worth it

k
, Sep 2018

We had delay due to technical problem with ferry, but the company do all the best to rebook the ferry tickets and finally we started our jorney. We had an amazing day in Tangier and really loved the place.

a
, Sep 2018

This was NOTHING like any other experience I've had in Morocco. It was horrible. There was no beauty in this city, in this experience, in this tour. I feel like I wasted a day on my overseas vacation, but more importantly, Tangier was NOTHING like other Moroccan cities I have visited. There was nothing NICE, nor beautiful. It was an awful city with extremely awful, rude people. Other cities in Morocco were beautiful with beautiful people. This city is just UGLY and I will never visit again. Ever.

a
, Sep 2018

1st. Call and ask them if they can pick you up near where you are staying. It is a very long day. Fantastic experience, geat guides. Read a bunch of reviews before booking. It is well worth it if you have the right email at ions.

C
, Sep 2018

This COULD HAVE BEEN

B
, Aug 2018

This was a disaster from start to finish. AVOID

The short version: long bus ride 5:30am-9:30am, long lines at the ferry terminal, terribly painful boat ride, camel rides are a joke, your brief time in Tangiers 2-3hrs is a mix of extended sales pitches, being hassled by nick-knack peddlers and eating the blandest food that Julia Travel could find and no time to explore on your own.

If you want more details: Not only does the bus ride leave a 5:30am, but there's poor information about pick up location and how long the drive takes. They also don't tell you that they make multiple stops to pick up other people on the way to Tarifa where the ferry to Tangier leaves from - this means you're on a bus for about 4 hours. At one point the bus stopped, the tour guide and driver got out of the bus for 20 minutes without letting us know why.

The boat ride to Tangier was truly painful. After fighting our way through a series of deeply disorganized lines in the ferry terminal, we were happy to get on the boat. Unfortunately, the customs situation requires everyone to continue to stand in line on the boat to get your passport stamped. What was not made clear by the tour guide Enrique was that you needed to get in line for this immediately upon entry to boat. We got in line after 15 minutes on the boat and waited in a hot, crowded line for rest of trip to the port in Tangiers 1hr and another 20 min after it docked. It's worth noting that fights broke out in these lines.

Once in Morocco we got into a bus, which led us from one scam to another in air conditioned comfort. Note that the camel rides were in a parking lot. The suckers who thought this looked like fun were lead in a circle about 50 yards in diameter. There were ocean views, but was about 60 seconds start to finish and, again, in a parking lot.

The trip through the Medina was particularly terrible. Like a bad acid trip while watching late night infomercials terrible. We were walked into the Medina and led past delicious smelling food and an actual produce and spice market before being quickly rushed into a section where we were relentlessly accosted by aggressive peddlers of nick-knacks. They will follow you, they won't leave you alone. This is a such a pain I can't fully express it. The only time you get away from this is when they take you to a rug shop, where you're given a more involved hard-sell on rugs. But wait, there's more! They also take you an herbalist. He gives you the hard sell on a wide array of snake oils that will solve all your problems and make you long for the annoyance of streets. Each of these encounters take 40 minutes. Every single one of those minutes are painful.

The lunch is incredibly bland. The lunch that's included was particularly sad. The main reason I wanted to go on this trip was the food. This was boring and clearly tailored for tourists who don't like spices or too much flavor.

After this cascade of fiascos, you're given 20 minute of free time. This is the only time you have to yourself, to not be led around like a toddler. It's barely enough time to finish a mint tea at the nearest cafe.

I could go on, but I trust you get the idea. Don't do this. You can make your own day trip to Tangiers and I can't imagine it being worse. Seriously. Don't do this.

P
, Jul 2018

We liked the idea of getting a tiny taste of Morocco and thus Africa.
But be aware of the length of time this tour takes especially from Malaga!
We left Malaga at 5:30AM and didn't return until MIDNIGHT!! (a gruelling 18.5 hours).... so be prepared for a huge day! It's 3 hours each way from Malaga to the port at Tarifa. Then there is so much time taken getting away from tariff and the getting into Tangier... the authorities are SO SLOW!! The tour guide was not at all organised so we were left wondering a number of times. His English was also difficult to understand which was a shared sentiment by many other nationalities on tour. We also felt a little vulnerable in Tangier when our guide disappeared and we were left to our own devices in a strange place in a potentially threatening environment. One big positive was the lovely authentic lunch we had and the lovely people we met on the tour. There is much room for improvement of this tour!
E.g. not advertising a 15 hour tour when it actually takes a ridiculous 181/2 hours.

e
, Jul 2018

Morocco is amazing but the tour company Julia is not. The tour guide Danette or Annette can't remember which name was awful. Her English was muddled. She did not articulate well, and she was rude! Everyone on the bus was irritated by her behavior. As a result of her lack of or ineffective communication, we had to wait 45 minutes in line while on the ferry to get to the Tangier's port, which put us behind by 1 hour. Everyone was completely upset with her because all of the other tour companies had left and begun their tours in the city. In a crowd of 300 people, the other tour guides had flags or fans to identify them. Danette/Annette had nothing. She stated that we should just find her. It was a long day, which was fine but depending on an unprofessional tour guide to help us get to Tangier made it longer.

When she handed us off to the Tangier's guide, things got better. His English was perfect. He did his best to try to make up time for us to see everything. My only feedback about the actual tour in Tangier would be to change the first and third course of the menu. The vegetable soup did not have any vegetables and the chicken and couscous were unremarkable.

I would go again but with a different tour company - stay clear of JULIA TOURS.


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