Two Continents walking holiday

From Tarifa to Fés (Fez)

With walks & hikes in Spain and Morocco

“The sights were amazing and the people were warm and delightful. You put together an experience for us that will shape our thinking for years to come.”

Spanish Steps – Two Continents adventure

In Greek mythology, Hercules slayed the giant Anteus and married his beautiful widow Tingis. In celebration, Hercules pulled Europe and Africa apart using the peaks of Jebel -Tarif (Gibraltar) and Jebel – Musa for handgrips. Ever after, these mountains have been known as the Pillars of Hercules.

The Pillars are a feature of our unique 8 day walking holiday with the walks high above the Mediterranean in both continents plus walks in the Rif mountains of northern Morocco. The overnight stays in Tarifa, Chefchaouen and Fés are full of atmosphere and interest. The hotels and riads in all these locations are great places to stay and experience the fascinating and contrasting cultures of Europe and Africa.

Itinerary & Walks  

Day 1 – Arrival day – Tarifa
The walking holiday starts in Gibratar but it is also possible to start in Malaga. The Spanish border is just a stones throw away from Gibraltar airport and the transfer to Tarifa is then less than an hour by road. The transfer fom Malaga is longer and takes about two hours. Our hotel in Tarifa is built within the fortified walls of this old Arabic Spanish town, the most southerly in Europe. It is an ideal location for the start of our adventure across to Africa.
 
Day 2 – Sierra de Bujeo
Our first walk starts to the east of Tarifa. We take a pretty, shady path that follows the Rio de los Mujeres through the cork oaks of Los Alcornocales and up to the ridge of Bujeo. Here we have a picnic lunch with far reaching views across the Straights to Jebel Musa and, on a fine day, the Rif mountains beyond. The walk along the ridge is easy and the descent to El Bujeo is gentle . Walking time 3 or 5 Hour
s
Day 3 – Across to Africa
From Tarifa you take the fast ferry to Tangier. Everything is so different but modern Tangier has an unexpected affluence. Your walk to Cape Spartel starts in the pine forests to the west of the city and close to the King’s summer palace. It is a delightful coastal walk with great views across to Cape Trafalgar, scene of the most famous of all sea battles (1805) . After lunch at Cape Spartel you transfer by road to Chefchaouen where we stay for three nights. Walking time 3 Hours.
 
Day 4 – Back in Time
After a breakfast of fresh orange, crepes and honey your walk takes you through the east gate of the medina and back into the past. As you pass through countryside you see fully laden donkeys heading into market and Berber ladies tending the pastures, sights that have changed little since medieval times. For lunch you will stop for a traditional meal in a Berber village on the south side of Jebel Tissouka. You can then choose to continue the circular walk back to Chaouen or return by 4×4. Walking time 5 or 3 Hours.
 
Day 5 – A day in ‘Chaouen ‘
Chefchaouen is one of the most beautiful towns of Morocco and hangs like a crescent from the twin horns of Jebel Tisouka (2,050m) and Jebel Megou (1,616m). The medina, a mass of red tiled roofs crisp white and blue washed walls is a precious 15th century relic from the civilision of al -Andalus. Our lovelyl accommodation within the medina is a masterpiece of Moroccan interior design and a great place to stay in this unique, colorful and friendly  ‘blue’ town. The souk and bazaars are full of enticing hand made goods and there is a photgraphic ‘gem’ at every turn of the eye. A day to explore, relax and enjoy.
 
Day 6 – Chaouen to Fes
The journey from Chaouen to Fes by road is just over 4 hours. On route we break to journey for our final rural walk through the wooded southern slopes of the Rif, followed by lunch in a traditional rural house. This is good preparation before our arrival into Fes regarded by many as one of the most traditional cities in Morocco. We stay for our last two nights in a lovely riad in the centre of the old medina (Fes el-Bali).
 
Day 7 – Exploring Fes
The old medina can be initially mind boggling and overwhelming to the unsuspecting visitor. It is home to around 150,00 people and has not significantly changed for a 1,000 years. Once you adjust to the scale and pace of the medina, it reveals it’s charms in most unexpected ways. Our escorted walking tour starts from our hotel, exploring and seeking out the very best parts of this huge walled medieval city. The tour can take from 2 to 4 hours depending on distractions and includes a break for a tranquil and traditional Fassi lunch. Free time to shop and explore the medina close to the to your Riad.
 
Day 8 – Farewells and onward transfers  to Fes airport for flights to the UK or onward travel in Morocco or return by train to Tangier and Spain (See notes on travel and transport below). 

Dates and Prices

Spring 2021 

Wednesday 9 – 16 June 

£695* per person *Single supplement £125

What we include

  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Tarifa in double/ twin room with en-suite
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Chefchaouen in double/ twin single room with
    en-suite*
  •  2 Nights hotel accommodation in Fes in double/ twin room with en-suite
  • Breakfasts.
  •  Main meal of the day (excluding rest day)
  • Guided walks with transfers to trail heads
  • Travel costs including Tarifa -Tangier ferry and transport in Morocco
  • Airport transfers at specified times from Gibraltar airport to Tarifa and Fes city to airport (see note on Travel & Transport)

Travel and Transport

Flights are not included allowing guests to travel from their most convenient local airport, or meet up in Spain. The holiday starts in Spain and includes a transfer from Gibraltar airports to Tarifa. The holiday ends in Morocco and includes a transfer to Fés airport to co-incide with Ryanair flight to London (Stanstead) or Air Arabia flight to London (Gatwick). We can also arrange optional one night extensions for onward travel to Marrakech or to return to Tangier and Tarifa by train and ferry.

Reviews & Visitors Book

I would like to thank you once more for a truly wonderful experience we had for the entire duration of our trip;  We loved our authentic and traditional accommodation, each with its own particular splendours; the sights; the friendliness and knowledge of our guides; food – and the company of like-
minded people.  I have been wanting to
do this particular journey with Spanish Steps for some years, and I am pleased that it finally came to pass and that I have come across and chosen such a fine organisation”   Sabine & Mervyn (Bangor NI)”

“I very much enjoyed the holiday, the walks, the food and the company too. What a lovely group of people! I really enjoyed the Moroccan food (and wine!) and intend to find some recipes to try out on my family. Fez was such a contrast to Chefchaouen & Tangier. I really do appreciate your efforts to make your holidays such a wonderful experience, enjoying comfortable accommodation and delicious food. I had a really great time and hope to be back to try another Spanish-Steps special in the future” Frances (Southampton)

Many thanks for the wonderful holiday” I enjoyed every minute of every
day, especially the company of yourself and the others. Granada and Fes were the highlights for me, but of course everything in between was awesome as well. Your itinerary is a fantastic insight into these beautiful countries and all the “locals” we met, especially Abdeslam, were so passionate and
hospitable. Truly memorable.I have already recommended Spanish Steps to many and will continue to do so”  Janelle (NSW Australia)