Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by Ferry in Tarifa, Spain
Whether you base yourself in Spain or Morocco, crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry makes for a thrilling journey between two worlds. Just 8 short miles and a 35-minute ferry ride separate the continents. From the Spanish side, the dark Moroccan mountains are a perfect backdrop for the enticing twinkling lights of Tangier. If you are lucky, on the crossing you could catch sight of a whale or a pod of dolphins (and, if not, book a whale watching excursion on the Spanish side). For the culinarily inclined, the Strait is home to all sorts of interesting (and delicious) sea critters—the blue-fin tuna from these waters being among the most highly-prized fish in the world. Once in Morocco, you can continue on to the beach town of Asilah or, on the Spanish side, venture to the wild, windy, and rugged Costa de la Luz.