Cap Spartel

Cap Spartel: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

1. From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to spend the day in the lively city of Tangier and get a feel for life in Morocco. Upon arrival in Africa, meet a local guide and take a minibus tour through the city and continue to see rural sights such as the Caves of Hercules and the amazing Cape Spartel promontory. Return to the vibrant city center to explore the bustling alleys of the medina and discover the most important corners of the historical city center. Enjoy lunch and go for a camel ride if you wish to experience the city from a different perspective. Return to Spain on the ferry and be back in time for dinner.

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

2. From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen and Akchour Waterfalls

Visit Chefchaouen, a beautiful blue door and white-walled medina that was originally a Berber post. The main square is the heart of Chefchaouen, with the 18th-century kasbah, a central mosque, and cafes with authentic Moroccan-style menus. The market is a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourist souvenirs – it’s often very busy, but worth a visit for the bargains. On your walking tour with your driver, explore the kasbah which was built by Moulay Ismail and is now practically a ruin next to the Great Mosque. Visit the charming main square and the souks that sell an array of goods.  If you head to the Jewish quarter behind the jewelry souk, you will feel the difference between it and the main Arabic feel of the town. Afterward, discover the waterfalls of Akchour, a natural beauty, and the small breathtaking waterfalls. A local tour guide is provided at Akchour.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

3. From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

Enjoy a day trip from Seville to Tangier. Transfer to the ferry aboard an airconditioned vehicle. Save time with an express ferry from the charming village of Tarifa to Tangier. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar, take a sightseeing tour, and eat a local lunch.  Depart from Seville and journey to the beautiful village of Tarifa to catch the fast ferry to Tangier. Upon arrival, discover the cosmopolitan flavor of a city that combines the cultures of Africa and Europe.  Take a panoramic city tour by bus and visit the Cap Spartel promontory at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. Visit the Caves of Hercules, where ancient Greek and later Roman mythology believed the demi-god slept before his eleventh labor.  Return to the city center to enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant. Explore the narrow streets of the Medina and discover its most picturesque spots. Return to the port for the journey back to Seville in the late evening.

Tangier: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus

4. Tangier: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus

The two routes offered on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour allow you to get to know the thousand-year-old city of Tangier and its surroundings. Enjoy the seafront of the beach, the kasbah, and the small streets of the medina. Pass through the modern part of the city, as well as the famous caves of Hercules and Cape Espartel, a meeting point between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. With a ticket valid for 48 hours, take your time discovering all the wonders Tangier has to offer, both within the city and surrounding it. • Historical Route (approximately 1 hour): drive through the historical center of the city, stopping at all of Tangier's most important landmarks, from the medina to the modern part and the international city. A total of 10 stops are made, starting and ending at the Port of Tangier. Stops: Port, Place 9 Avril, Palais Moulay Hafid (1), Tombeaux Phéniciens, Palais Moulay Hafid (2), Place Faro, Sahet El Oumane, Tanger City Mall, Vila Harris, Monopolio, Marina • Espartel Route (approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes): route through the outskirts of the city, departing from the Port of Tangier. Discover the surrounding forest areas, the Caves of Hercules, and the famous Cape Espartel, where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean converge.  Stops: Port, Socco Alto (1), Parc Perdicaris (1), Cap Spartel (1), Grottes d´Hercule, Cap Spartel (2), Parc Perdicaris (2), Golf, Socco Alto (2)

Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

5. Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Casablanca, at which point you will be taken to the train station to board your high-speed train to Tangier. Upon your arrival, your local guide and driver in Tangier will be waiting for you outside the train station, with a placard stating your full name. From here, you will begin touring around Tangier and its surroundings, including the Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves. From this point you will receive exceptional views of both the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. You will then visit the Kasbah district next to the port, and the old Medina, complete with its craftsmanship shops and the magnificent Minaret. You will have the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles.

Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

6. Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

Take a 5-hour grand tour of Tangier to explore the traditional and modern face of the city with an expert guide. Discover a city of many cultures from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Start by visiting Tangier Port and the outskirts of the city, crossing the modern town with its large boulevards and exclusive areas of large villas, celebrity homes and palaces, including the summer residence of the Moroccan royal family. Continue to Cape Spartel at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar, and see the lighthouse that marks the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Stop to ride or take pictures of camels, before visiting the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, they were once the home of Hercules, founder of Tangier, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Next, explore the old face of Tangier, and walk through the historic Kasbah, home to the Dar-el-Makhzen (Sultanate Palace) and Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities in the former Sultan’s apartments. Continue to the maze-like Medina, where tanners work on leather goods and artisans make handicrafts from wood and silver. Visit the Archaeological Museum or the American Legation, the first American public property outside of the United States. Admire the Parc de la Mendoubia (also known as the Grand Socco) where Moroccan independence was fermented, and vendors sell a variety of second-hand goods. Explore the colorful streets at leisure, before driving back to the port at the end of your tour.

Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

7. Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Tangier on a private sightseeing tour and discover all its main attractions, from bustling markets to historic caves. You will first drive to Malabata Cape (East Tangier) for a great orientation view of the city. Look over at Europe on one side and Africa on the other. Drive through the new city to Spartel Cape (West Tangier), considered the most northwesterly point of Africa, and where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. The next stop will be the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, the caves were once the home of Hercules, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Discover the old face of the city, starting with the Kasbah, where artists and writers have gathered for centuries. Go to the Archaeological Museum, before walking through the colorful streets of the Medina to Mendoubia Gardens and Saint Andrews Church. Experience the electric atmosphere of the Berber market of Sidi Bouabid, where you will have some free time to shop before your drop-off.

Tangier City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

8. Tangier City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Following pickup from the Tangier Ville port, you'll begin with a tour of the city and its surroundings. Following that, visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves, which provide an exceptional view of both the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. From there, continue to the Kasbah district next to the port and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina. You'll then stop to admire the magnificent minaret overlooking the sea, before taking the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles. At the conclusion of your tour, you'll be dropped off back to the Tangier Ville port.

From Rabat: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train with Guide

9. From Rabat: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train with Guide

Depart from Rabat Agdal railway station on a high-speed train to Tangier. Upon arrival, meet your driver and guide for the day who’s waiting for you just outside the train station holding a sign with your name. From here, begin your adventure around the fascinating city of Tangier and its surroundings, which has been a gateway between Africa and Europe since ancient Phoenician times. With your expert local guide, visit the Spartel Cape, a 1000 feet high promontory with breathtaking views across the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Next, discover the wonders of Hercules' Caves and listen to the legends of this Greek hero who is believed to have rested here. The tour returns to the hustle and bustle of the city and onto the Kasbah and Old Medina. Wander around the vibrant shops, full of stunning craft work and handmade souvenirs. Visit the imposing Minaret, as well as the Grand Socco, a large marketplace which once accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles. At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at the train station for your return ride to Rabat.

Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

10. Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

Today you will be brought face to face with the real Tangier. Start out with a peaceful drive along la Corniche, the central beach, and then visit the east side of the city. From here, you can snap some pictures over the port, and if you're lucky, you might even be able to see Spain from here! Then, its time to head inland and visit Iberia and the California residential area, which is filed with luxurious chalets and villas (a bit like California itself!). Your guide will point out the history of these locations as you are treated to some fine photo and shopping opportunities. Then, head along the coast for a tour of the mythical Hercules caves. These caves are said to have once housed the hero, and you can decide for yourself what parts of the legend to believe. After the caves, it's time to come to the real heart of Tangier, with a walking tour of the Kasbah. This 15th century fortress has been rocked by a tumultuous history, and as a crossroads of life here in Tangier, serves as a meeting grounds for people of all walks of life. The archeological museum offers a nice contrast to the packed and colorful streets. There's no shortage of people trying to sell you things, so keep a close eye for the best bargains. Afterwards, head to the fruit and vegetable market for a different kind of commerce. Here you can taste all sorts of delectable fruits and olives, and also get a good look at Mendoubia, with its 800 year old Banion Tree. There is a chance for a mint tea in the Petit Socco before returning back to our starting point.

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What people are saying about Cap Spartel

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 482 reviews

A beautiful day and a calm sea, our guide Carlos was great and Rashid most definitely deserved his legendary status. My wife left her asthma inhaler on the boat and Rashid phoned the pharmacist from the view point where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean meet to make sure she got a replacement, and looked after her all the way so we had a very enjoyable day. We loved both the meal and the walking tour, a memorable first time in Africa.

Absolutely amazing, beautiful tour. Easy to find. Clear communication the audio guide was very informative. Time allowed to explore certain landmarks. The tour bus had usb charging points which was a pleasant surprise the staff were also very friendly and helpful.

This was an awesome tour! Anass and his team were wonderful and very friendly. They made everything possible to make us feel comfortable and welcomed. They were also very knowledgeable about the places we visited. I highly recommended it!

Amazing tour from start to finish. Omar is one of the best tour guides there is and his passion for his hometown of Chefchouen is obvious. The waterfall and the hike is breathtaking and an unexpected sight. Whole tour was excellent.

If I could give more than five stars, I would! Omar was a fantastic guide, very friendly, very knowledgeable, and he gives great lunch recommendations. Highly recommend!