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Our Tarifa to Tangier Experience

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Our Tarifa to Tangier Experience

There are many other postings on this topic but felt it warranted a short description of our journey. We took the 9:00 a.m. ferry to Tangier from Tarifa without any glitches (parked right in the FRS ferry lot for 16 euros). Do get your passport stamped on board the ferry before disembarking. We did this first thing before finding a seat.

We did not book any tour for our day trip as read extensively before choosing our own path - we are two adults in our 50s.

The biggest hurdle/challenge was getting out of the port. We were bombarded by many who were taxi drivers or tour operators. We tried to get a taxi immediately (petite taxis) to Café Paris but none would take us for a cheap ride. We were followed by a taxi driver who would not take no for an answer but did direct us to the money exchange. We proceeded to exchange money at the port exchange; however, one does not need to change money over but use euros - all accepted these or pounds.

We walked out of the port and again was followed by a gentleman who would not leave us alone - it took another man to tell him to leave us and got us a taxi to Café Paris. The man who would not leave us alone asked if we "hated Muslims". Never in our life have we ever been accused of this traveling abroad and we have traveled to other Muslim countries. interesting interaction to say the least.

We arrived at Café Paris and our journey started to improve immediately!! The waiter was wonderful and set us at ease, assisting us with directions, etc. We enjoyed outside a mint tea and coffee. We then proceeded to Hotel El Minzah for a glimpse as it was beautiful and offered a great bathroom stop. Since we just had tea / coffee, we didn't partake in that there but would recommend that or Café Paris as a first stop.

We then set off on our journey down to the grand souk, Kasbah, and small petit souk and then back to the port (not one bothered us upon our return).

We walked all around the streets, stopped in the shops, chatting with vendors, ate at a lovely restaurant, and checked out the hidden gems that it offered with plenty of picture taking moments.

We were not harassed by any means once we got out of the port. We found those in large groups were harassed but if you were alone just say no thank you with a smile and they would walk away since they money is in the large groups. ;

Note it takes time to get through the customs/passport check so plan on getting there early for your return ferry ride.

We would probably not return to Tangier as Morocco has other delightful sites to see. We are glad to have gone though and to experienced it as that is what travel is all about! in our opinions.

Enjoy!

Edited: 8:55 am, September 15, 2013
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11. Re: Our Tarifa to Tangier Experience

Hi Sarah,

Wow, your experience was just like ours as I indicated regarding the port, hustlers, etc. I wonder if the same men harassed you that we met? You are absolutely correct in stating they undermined one's confidence. We were totally prepared when we were on the boat and felt the, "we can do this" attitude but, after we experienced two encounters similar to yours, we were definitely shaken and felt we should just turn around and get back on the boat. I'm sure glad we didn't and we had an enjoyable time overall.

I hope others feel confident to go alone and experience Tangier for what it offers but know one just has to get past the port area.

A shame indeed.

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12. Re: Our Tarifa to Tangier Experience

A great review, we travelled last week with my parents, both in their 70's, and could not have found the people in the city more decent. Every shop we went into my mother was offered a seat. Like you the only hassle we had was in the port. The staff everywhere else were not at all pushy but well mannered and curteous to the last. I'd recommend a trip over to anyone going to the south of Spain.

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13. Re: Our Tarifa to Tangier Experience

We literally had the exact same experience and were harassed so badly we had to get the border guards involved. Tangiers is not worth it. Stay in Spain.

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