New Ferry route. Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura to Tarfaya, Morroco.

Naviera Armas expanded its ferry service in 2007 to include a route from  Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands to Tarfaya, Morocco.

The service which began on 10th December 2007 delivered two journeys per week with the crossing being 3.8 hours.  The ferry used was the smallest of the fleet, the Assalama.Tarfaya

 On 30th April 2008 however the ship was leaving the port when strong winds pushed it sideways forcing it to hit the rocks and then get blown onto a sand bank where it still lays today. A tug was sent to pull the ship back into deep water but this got stuck also. The towns people rallied themselves and with the use of the fishing boats debarked the passengers to safety. Their luggage and vehicles however have never left the ship and remain in its belly still.

After years of discussing whether there was to be another sailing and on what route it was decided that the route would return to Tarfaya as this was the closest point to the Canary Islands. A new contract for 25 years was drawn up and signed and part of the agreement was that Tarfaya should extent its port deeper into the ocean to accommodate the new ship. The construction of the new port has been underway for some time now and the work continues at a very slow pace. It is said that the ship will sail again around December 2017 although I have heard this many times over the past years. What is true is that the port is being built and as soon as I have confirmation that the sailing dates are set I will update this post.Tarfaya

So for now 04/12/2016 there is no boat sailing this route.

New update. 09/07/2017.  I’ve learned that its now said that the ferry will be running from September 2017 but will not carry passengers until November 2017. There is to be two small ferry’s per week which will take approximately one and a half hours to cross from fuerteventura to Tarfaya. It appears that Naviera Armas have dropped out of supplying a sailing and that the route will now be taken over by Trasmediterranea. The ticket office in Tarfaya is built and ready to start selling tickets as soon as the route is open.  Keep an eye on this page for updated details. Happy holidays. 

If you have any comments or would like to leave people further information that you may have regarding this ferry route please leave them below.

15 thoughts on “New Ferry route. Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura to Tarfaya, Morroco.”

  1. An update for the ferry… This route is still not up and running. The latest information is that the company that was intending on sailing the route has now dropped out and another company has stepped into its place. The port of Tarfaya is still under construction and work is progressing, if slowly.

    I will again update this page when further relevant information is available.

  2. Is there any news on the ferry? Also, is there a Customs Office in Tarfaya? I’m wondering if it would be possible to arrive there from The Canary islands via private boat

    1. Hi Andres,

      I have updated the ferry page with the latest info that I have. There is no customs in Tarfaya at present but I often see private boats arrive and moor in the port so I guess the ports police deal with your arrival. My wife is in Tarfaya at present and I will ask her to talk to the police about this. Regards, J.

  3. This is good news. Do you know if the small ferry will be able to take vehicles? I am planning to come down to Morocco on my motorbike from the UK in the autumn and go back via the Canary Islands and ferry to Cadiz.

  4. Hi Keith, Yes the ferry will take vehicles. Thats how I first discovered it back in 2007 riding my GS. The boat is smaller but there are two sailings a week rather than one and it takes half the time that the Naviera Armas did. Good luck. Jake

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