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Tarifa to Rabat via Tangiers

Tarifa is a town in Spain, which is part of the EU and Schengen community.  Tarifa offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Baelo Claudia
  • Kite surfing
  • Where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet
  • Tarifa Castle
  • Duna de Bolonia
  • Day trips to Tangier, Morocco

Kite surfing in Tarifa, SpainKite surfing in Tarifa, Spain

Tarifa is on the Southernmost tip of mainland Europe and it’s so close to Africa that you can see it!  There are lots of hotels in Tarifa, you’ll easily find one for your budget.  In the historic center of Tarifa you’ll find lots of bars and restaurants, I ate in the restaurant Alameda, it was a little expensive but the food was delicious and the service was great.

There is a walkway which goes out from Tarifa splitting the Atlantic Ocean to the west from the Mediterranean Sea to the East.  It’s not the most beautiful walk but what’s amazing is that you’re between the ocean and the sea.

You’ll find the ferry port to Tanger-ville right next to the historic center and Tarifa Castle, making it easy to go on a day trip to Tangiers.

In the photo above, you’ll see many people are kite surfing, the beach in Tarifa offers perfect conditions to practice this sport.

FRS ferry service from Tarifa to Tanger Ville - €37 one wayFRS ferry service from Tarifa to Tanger Ville – €37 one way

You can take the FRS ferry service to Tanger-Ville, Morocco, this service takes 1 hour, and because of the time difference you will arrive at the same time as you set off.  You get your entry stamp in Morocco on the ferry.  Coming off the ferry, lots of taxi drivers will approach you asking where you are going.  You can ignore them if you are walking to the Medina, but if you are going a little further you could negotiate a price with them, around 15-20 Dirhams is a decent price.

Tangier is a city in Morocco, Northern Africa.  Tangier offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Medina
  • American Legation
  • Dar el Makhzen palace
  • Municipal beach
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Bab el Kasbah
  • Many museums

Tangier, MoroccoTangier, Morocco

Tangier is spilt into 2 parts, the Medina and the French built Ville Nouvelle (new town).  In front of the Ville Nouvelle you’ll find beaches with lots of restaurants and bars.  You’ll also find many new hotels and even a modern shopping mall next to the train station.  Morocco is one of the few African countries that has American chain restaurants, you may want to eat the local food here but once you get further into Africa and the food is scarce you’ll be craving some American fast food!

Medina, Tangier, Morocco

Medina, Tangier, Morocco

The Medina is within walking distance of the Ferry terminal.  Once you get into the Medina you’ll soon discover that it’s a maze of small streets full of markets.  There are no cars in the Medina, as you can see they don’t fit.  If you are into ancient Riads, you can stay in one of them here.  Be aware that you need to haggle the prices for anything you buy in the market and if someone tries to help you shopping, the price you pay will be a lot higher.  Try stay alone in the Medina, unfortunately there are a lot of bad people in there.

ONCF train service from Tangiers to Rabat - 101 DirhamsONCF train service from Tangiers to Rabat – 101 Dirhams

I took the ONCF train from Tanger-ville to Rabat-ville, which took about 4 hours.  I took the second class carriage even though the price was not much more for first class.  The main difference is you don’t get an elected seat on 2nd class.  The carriage in second class has 2 by 2 seats, compared with a compartment for 6 people 3 each side facing each other on first class.  Both classes have air conditioning.  I noticed on the journey that they are making new tracks and I saw lots of modern trains not far from Tanger-ville station.  It looks like they are modernizing the service, so this train may be outdated by the time you read this.

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