The ultimate day trip from Seville to Tangier

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Day Trip from Seville to Tangier

Many facets of the culture of southern Spain come from the Moors. As such, a day trip from Seville to Tangier will only serve to deepen your understanding of this culture, as well as provide you with an adventure! The day starts with a drive through the beautiful Andalusian countryside, passing by Alcornocales Natural Park before arriving in the port town of Tarifa. Morocco is so close to here, that even on a cloudy day you can see your destination waiting just across the Strait of Gibraltar.

The next phase in the journey is another memorable moment, you are given your tickets and shown the way to customs to exit Spain and get on the ferry to Tangier. Don’t forget your passport! The ferry crossing saves you much time in Morocco because you actually clear customs here. The long queue takes most of the journey, but you can pass the time looking at the window searching for dolphins on the water. No less than three different species of dolphin live in the straight of Gibraltar!

Arriving in Morocco

Upon arrival in Morocco, your chauffeur awaits! This is where the day trip from Seville to Tangier really begins. A local guide and driver meet you at the port and give you a quick driving tour of Tangier, passing by many palaces and mansions. The prince of Saudi Arabia, along with many more of the rich and powerful of the world have palaces in Tangier.

Daytrip to Tangier Morocco

Cape Spartel

After passing through all the quarters of the city, you make your way to the beach. The first stop is Cape Spartel lighthouse. This lighthouse is the most northern in Africa, a fact sure to earn you bragging rights when you can say you’ve been there. Below the lighthouse, on Cape Spartel, lie the Caves of Hercules. The cave has two openings, one to sea and one to land. The sea opening is known as “The Map of Africa”. It is believed that the Phoenicians created the sea opening which is in the shape of Africa when looked at from the sea as a love letter to their homeland. This cave is such in legends. It was once believed to be bottomless and linked under the water to St Michael’s Caves in Gibraltar. What’s more, the caves get their name from the myth that Hercules stayed here whilst completing one of the twelve tasks needed to prove he was a god.

tangier lighthouse in Morocco on guided tour

On the way back into town on this day trip from Seville to Tangier, you will have the opportunity to go for a camel ride. For many people, this is the highlight of the whole trip. Trooping along the beach by camelback. There is no better way to make you feel like an important trader reaching the far side of the desert than this! But don’t worry if you get scared, being so far out of your comfort zone fills most people with a slight trepidation.

Rock the Kasbah

Tangier used to be one of the most decadent cities on earth, and the palaces on the outskirts of the city attest to that. However, it was the old Kasbah that drew the rich and famous before. This area of town can be thought of as a Moroccan New Orleans, it’s where Monet lived and worked for a while, Keith Richards and William Boroughs have sought inspiration from its opulent labyrinth of streets, and the Clash even wrote a song about it! This former fortress citadel is today a tantalizing maze of crumbling paint and happy children running about, gently teasing at its former glories.

 

 

It’s just by the main gate into the Kasbah that our day trip from Seville to Tangier stops for lunch, in a picturesque three-story restaurant, lavishly decorated and bestowed with unbeatable views from its rooftop. Moroccan cuisine centers around couscous and tanginess. Simple, slow cooked, dishes which let the spices do the talking.

Walking Around the Market

After lunch, your day trip from Seville to Tangier progresses by continuing the walk through the old town and heading to the medina. The old town market is as alive today as it’s ever been. As you walk around the medina, be sure to take your time to take in all the sights, and sounds, and smells, which the bustling market bestows upon you.

After your guide has finished showing you around the market, you will be given free time to go off and explore and even try your hand at bartering. This writer loves a good spot of bartering, something about the challenge of trying to get what you want for is little as possible just makes good sport. As you go around, looking for bargains of your own, don’t forget to start with a price lower than you’re expecting and slowly work your way up.

Daytrip to Morocco

Once you’re done bargain hunting around the historic market, your guide will escort you back to the port where you will hop back on the ferry, search for more dolphins and then excitedly tell your driver waiting in Tarifa all about you day trip from Seville to Tangier as you’re driven back to you hotel.

If this sounds like your kind of adventure then reach out to us today and we’ll help you organise your trip to Tangier!

Davey Womack is a tour guide and avid traveller. Read more from his adventures in Spain and around the world by visiting his personal blog.

19 thoughts on “The ultimate day trip from Seville to Tangier

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for contacting Not Just a Tourist! Sure! The day trip to Tangier/Morocco from Seville is one of our favorite tours and if you spend a few days in southern Spain it is a great idea to jump to take the ferry to Africa and visit Tangier in an easy day trip. I have sent you an email with the full description.

      Have a great weekend!

  1. Jerry O'Brien says:

    My wife & I are interested in taking a day trip from Seville to Tangiers, on any day from Mon 5/5 – Wed 5/7. Could you please advise what the cost would be?
    thanks you in advance & too bad we won’t be there the same time as Anne O’Brien, maybe a distant relative

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Jerry,

      Great to hear from you. It is always good to have famous relatives. 🙂

      Sure! We can arrange a day trip to Tangier for you as a private trip or a group tour with some fun side activities. Please let me check the ferry time table and get back to you ASAP.

      Thank you!
      Maria

  2. Andi Puls says:

    Interested in a day tour on either the 5th or 6th of March 2019 for two adults. Let me know what the cost would be! Thank you

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Andi,

      Thank you for contacting Not Just a Tourist. A day trip from Seville to Tangier is one of our favorite day trips around southern Spain. :). I will send you a detailed itinerary so that you can see by yourself.

      Gracias!
      Mahsa

  3. Bridget says:

    Hi! I am super interested in this trip – May 13 or 14, 2019. However, I want to do a camel ride / adventure. Is that something that is possible to arrange?

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Bridget,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Not Just a Tourist. Of course! You can do a camel ride just outside of Tangier as part of your day trip. It is a great experience and quite unusual since it takes place on the beach and not in the desert. If you would like to have a longer camel ride of one or more days then you need to travel to the desert area. Let me know how many days you have to plan to spend in Morocco so that I can guide you more. I will pass you the details of the day trip from Seville to Tangier with a camel ride shortly too.

      Gracias!
      Maria

      • Bridget says:

        Maria! Thanks so much for getting back to me! I’d like to book this ASAP. How do we do that? I have input my email below that is best to contact me at. Looking forward to hearing from you.

        Kindly,
        Bridget

  4. sonya says:

    Hi,
    we are super interested in this. we are looking for April 14th, 15th or 16th. would be for 2 adults and 1 under 2.

    could you please let me know the pricing. what time the tour starts and ends.

    thank you,

    Sonya

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Sonya,

      Thanks for contacting Not Just a Tourist. Sure! The day trip to Tangier is a long day out but very FUN! The duration can change depending on the ferries and season. Usually it is about 14-15 hours with a transfer in Seville or Malaga to Tarifa. Kids under 2 are free of charge. I will send you an email with more details.

      Mahsa

  5. uniss says:

    Hi,
    I am interesting in going to Tangier and chefcaouen from Seville in Mid April.
    Possible to provide a quotation for 2 adults for:
    1)Seville to Tangier day trip
    2) Seville to Tangier and Chefcaouen (if you have this option)
    3) Seville to Tangier day trip + nearby desert

    Thank you
    Cheers,
    Uniss

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Unnis,

      Thanks for contacting Not Just a Tourist. You can easily visit Tangier on a day trip from Seville. You can also visit Chefchaouen and Tangier on a 2 day trip from Seville. If you would like to visit the desert area the best base would be out of Marrakech and you could fly there. There will be many options to do a one day or multi-day trip to the desert if you fly out of Seville to Morocco.

      Let me know if you need anything else.

      Gracias!
      Maria

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Laura,

      Sure! There are different options to visit Morrocco from Seville. You can do it as a day trip from Seville to Tangier. It can also be more extensive and as a 2 or 3 day trip departing from Seville and traveling to Tangier visiting Chef Chaouen and Asilah or Tetuan too. The more time you have the more you can see of this exotic destination. :).

      I will send you a more detailed email too.

      Mahsa

  6. Kim says:

    Interested in this tour in the end of September for 4 people. We may also be interested in 2 days. Is this possible and what would you advise. Please send costs also.

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you for contacting Not Just a Tourist. Sure! We could arrange a day trip to Tangier from Seville or a 2 day trip so that you can visit Chefchouen, the famous blue city too. I will send you shortly a full description.

      Gracias!
      Mahsa

  7. Amit Sureka says:

    I am looking to travel to Morocco for a day from Seville and stay overnight and then come back next day morning to Malaga and come back by evening to Seville. So it’s a 2 day tour from Seville to Tangier and back to Seville via Malaga. Please suggest if you can organise a group tour or combination of group tours from Seville which could include Tangier and Malaga

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Amit,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Not Just a Tourist team. A day trip from Seville to Tangier, then a private pickup in Tarifa and visit of Malaga before coming back to Seville is perfectly possible. However, I need to know your dates and how many people it would be. Please check your emails for an email from us.

      Thank you.
      Mahsa

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