Whale Watching

Address: Tarifa Harbour, Sotogrande, 11380, Spain
Telephone: See above

- Expensive


Take a boat trip to see majestic whales and playful dolphins in the wild.

Thanks to its unique geographical position, close to the Straits of Gibraltar, Sotogrande is arguably the best place on the Spanish Mediterranean coast to see whales in their natural environment. As such, if I’m staying here I always jump on-board a private charter to go whale and dolphin spotting in the Bay of Algeciras or in the choppy Straits. If you’ve ever seen these inquisitive animals freely bow-riding alongside your boat, you’ll know how exhilarating it is.

Obviously, sightings can never be 100 per cent guaranteed, but I’ve been fortunate enough to see Orca (known as Killer), Sperm, and Pilot Whales, as well as common and bottle-nosed dolphins.

Value for money

Price advice

 There are many different firms offering these trips. An average price is 35 euros per head for an hour and a half’s whale and dolphin watching.

Expert tips

Try these local firms: www.firmm.org (Pedro Cortés 4, E-11380 Tarifa; +34 956 627 008) and/or www.dolphinsafari.gi (6 The Square Marina Bay, Gibraltar; +350 20071914).

In my opinion, the best trips leave from Tarifa or Gibraltar harbours.

Breeding season, and the best time to go, is April to early October.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nature / wildlife