The forecast wind was not as good today as the next two days, so I decided on a trip to Tangier in Morocco.
All rather last minute, so Rather than just walk around (and be the target of touts), I opted for the cultural tour.
I detest being on group tours, but to have a private guide was literally twice the price. And, the private guide option available did the cultural tour anyway - when I said I wanted flexibility, they said not possible!
The 60 Euro I paid is actually cheaper than the normal return ferry trip.
Of course, as the ferry leaves Tarifa, I see there are kites out, so my decision was flawed. However, I wanted to go and am only in Tarifa until Sunday. I figured there would me more people on Saturday, so today is as good as tomorrow.
On arrival, we were split into bus loads, with the guide speaking, Arabic, French, Spanish, English and Italian.
This meant lots of talking, of which 20% was in English. He chopped and changed so much it was difficult to keep up.
We went to the Medina, and a former palace, now museum.
Lunch was at a "local" restaurant, processing bus-loads of tourists. Included in the price.
There was a quartet playing Moroccan numbers. I'm not buying the CD.
I scored a table with no native English speakers.
The food was good.
Then off to a Berber pharmacy, where we had a lesson on assorted spices including ones for a variety of ailments.
After that, we were let loose among the touts, who turned out to be relatively benign on the tout scale.
They were happy to chat about Australia.
Then the bus took us past the palace (the king was home) to a high spot with Roman columns from which we could see Spain.
Next stop, dromedary rides, but not for me.
Then another view, mainly of haze or smog.
Then back to the port and Spain.