3 countries 2 continents

If you’re planning to tick the world off your bucket list, the Strait of Gibraltar - a 14km ribbon of water lapping the shores of Europe and Africa - is the perfect place to start.

Plan it right and you get to experience 3 countries in one holiday hit: Spain, Morocco & Gibraltar.

Camels and killer whales, Europe’s largest wetland for birds and the Sahara desert, the World Sherry Capital, an underground WW2 city and a scenic British railroad used by smugglers are all in a reachable radius.

Or take the Strait Challenge and do all three countries in a day. Sail from Spain for a tagine lunch in Tangier and be back in time for a sundowner on the Wisteria Terrace of Gibraltar's Rock Hotel!  

Spain and Morocco are a kiss away across the Strait. If you can spot Gibraltar, my pueblo Los Barrios is the blob on the left.  © NASA

Spain and Morocco are a kiss away across the Strait. If you can spot Gibraltar, my pueblo Los Barrios is the blob on the left. © NASA

I started Strait Escapes to share the wow factor on my doorstep – the Moorish villages, moreish gastronomy, sensational scenery and character hotels I've discovered over the last 20 years. 

With my insider tips, seasonal events calendar and Google map links at your fingertips, all you need is a smartphone to forge ahead with your own great Strait Escape!

Buen viaje!


Belinda Beckett, Editor                  


With special thanks to David Cussen and the Tourist Boards of Andalucia, Gibraltar and Morocco for additional photography.


A lifetime in travel writing

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