Rather than spend my day off roasting in a line of other holiday makers I opted for a day trip by coach to Tangiers.
The cost of 80 euros included coach, ferry, guides and lunch, which was OK compared to the cost of similar tours.
After an early start we arrived in Tarifa and had a 45 minute wait for the ferry. This was good because there were only 2 ladies toilets and it took that long for my turn in the queue.
The ferry journey was 1 hour and I stood on deck - saw a whale in the distance and some flying fish.
On arrival we got into another coach and were driven around the city, where we could see the King's Palace etc. The new part of the city is very much a work in progress, so lots of machinery and concrete.
I began to suspect our guide's history was rather shaky when he had Garibaldi taking refuge from Mussolini in the old Italian embassy - one Czech lady did point out that they lived about a century apart. There were other faux pas on the historical front but nobody was listening to him anyway.
We were herded into a restaurant where we were processed through a typical Moroccan meal. this was OK, if somewhat hurried.
As we walked through the Kasbah we had to be careful not to get mixed up with other groups but the red hearts that had been attached to us made sure we all kept to the same guide.
We were taken to a souvenir shop and a herb shop, where the guides obviously got their commission but it was an OK shopping experience. Being part of a group it was easier to run the gauntlet of street hawkers and it felt quite safe.
Then back on the boat and back to Spain.
I enjoyed the experience and would go back to Tangiers again but maybe not on this kind of trip. However, it was a good first experience, especially as I was travelling as a single woman.
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