Depart central Malaga by air-conditioned coach and journey to the ferry terminal for your high-speed crossing to Morocco, just across the Strait of Gibraltar.
After roughly an hour at sea, step ashore in the atmospheric port city of Tangier. Absorb the exotic sights and sounds, and head for one of the city’s small souks, where locals trade in spices, fresh produce and souvenirs.
Dive into the jumble of stalls and get tips from your guide on how to barter for bargains. Head down a street flanked by jewelry outlets, and learn about the Moroccan tradition for using copious amounts of elaborate gems during wedding ceremonies.
Travel on to Tangier’s medina, the old, walled heart of the city. Take in the tea houses, shops and cubbyholes huddled along the maze-like alleys; stop for photos at the whitewashed casbah; and perhaps pause to watch one of the local snake charmers coax a snake from its basket.
Visit a traditional bakery selling fresh breads and pastries, and break for lunch at a restaurant serving authentic Moroccan cuisine. Menus vary, but expect to dig into local staples such as a tender tagine stew.
Duly refreshed, set about honing your haggling techniques at another colorful bazaar, and perhaps snap up souvenirs (own expense) such as rugs, pottery and lanterns.
Finish with a panoramic coach tour of Tangier’s modern quarter, known as the Ville Nouvelle. Have your camera ready as you drive along the Boulevard Mohammed V — the main, tree-lined avenue — and pass landmarks including the Severo Ochoa Institute, Tangier’s Spanish school.
If you’re taking the tour between November 1 and May 31, follow your coach ride with your return cruise to Spain. If you’re touring during summer, meanwhile, continue with a visit to the Punic-Roman necropolis and Cape Spartel, a lighthouse-topped promontory overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar.
Delight in the sea views from both vantage points, and after a stop for mint tea, visit the Caves of Hercules, a cluster of beautiful sea cliff grottoes. Lastly, enjoy some free time for a camel ride (own expense) before your return ferry trip.
Both tours conclude at the original start point in Malaga.