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The 7 best things to do in Tangier

A Moroccan port town in the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier is a character-filled place to spend a few days. Once a playground of hippies and hustlers, the destination has completely cleaned up its act, and now offers sightseeing and world-class tourism alongside excellent amenities.

American Legation
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American Legation

Located inside the Medina, the American Legation was the first US-owned property outside the United States. A museum of sorts, it commemorates the US/Moroccan relationship.

Dar el Makhzen

Dar el Makhzen

Beautiful tile and the arches you expect of Morocco are all on display when you visit this popular attraction--home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts and the Museum of Antiquities.

Forbes Museum of Tangier

This grand former home of media tycoon Malcolm Forbes was featured in Bond movie "The Living Daylights". It's now a VIP residence for state guests, but worth a look from outside.

Cape Malabata
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Cape Malabata

With a lighthouse and medieval castle, this is a great place to check out on your visit to Tangier. Nearby hiking trails offer an active adventure exploring nature.

Grand Stade de Tangier

This grand multi-use stadium has a capacity of 45,000 and mostly plays host to sporting events, particularly football matches in season.

Grand Socco
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Grand Socco

This is the most picturesque entrance to the Medina. Find La Terrasse for an excellent view that feels like a step back in time. The square is also a good place to grab a taxi.

Kasbah Museum

Kasbah Museum

This attraction is outside of the Medina, and is a great place to learn about Moroccan art, interiors, furniture, and history. Closed on Tuesday. Entry is 10 dirham.

Planning Your Tangier Visit

Experience the Souks

There are a number of souks in Tangier, where you can buy leather goods, furniture, clothing, and ornamental objects for excellent value, as long as you're happy to barter! Start lower than you intend to pay, and laugh off a vendor's original price--tourists will always be charged a huge markup. But if you're brave, hold your nerve and bring change, you'll be amazed what you can buy for 10 dirham!

Daytripping

As a port town, Tangier is a popular day trip or excursion destination from Cadiz, Gibraltar, or mainland Spain. Check ferry times and destinations before you travel.

What to wear

Morocco is a Muslim country, so it is unusual to see women in short skirts or revealing clothing. To avoid glances or comments--cover shoulders, knees, and your chest in public.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +212
  • Best time to visit
    Weather-wise it is best to travel during the early summer and late spring. You can explore beautiful sights across the city in the cooler weather and take part in various outdoor activities without the summer tourist crowds.

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What people are saying about Tangier

It was a wonderful day in Moracoo! Highly Recommend!

Great tour and day! A wonderful way to get a taste of Tangier and our local guide went beyond my expectations! He spoke many languages, very nice, and knowledgeable. I stayed in Algeciras and used the free bus service run by FRS to and from Tarifa easily (notify compony before using). My ticket was moved up from 10:30 to 8:30, because FRS was short one ferry, so we got an extra 2 hours in Tangier, for a total of 9 hours. The first part of the trip and bus ride is pretty fast (obviously the bus can't stop in the middle of the road), still got to see nice parts of the city and the coast is beautiful! The cave is small, but had time to see it all. The camel ride is short, but fun. The walk around the town is the largest part of the trip. Got to see interesting sights, markets and customs. Felt very safe. No food for vegetarians at lunch, bring food and water! People will come up to you to sell things, but give them respect! It is better then begging for money. I would do the tour again!

From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier Reviewed by Nickolas, 03/19/2019

A great way to see a lot of Tangier in 8 hours.

We were met at Tarifa Port as arranged to receive paperwork (tickets and immigration papers). After baggage control we were on boat and queuing for immigration which didn't take too long. On arrival in Tangier we were met by our guide and the 13 of us set off in a mini bus. We headed out of Tangier to see where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic, partake in the shortest camel ride ever (only 2 euros though) and visit the Caves of Hercules. At both camels and caves Moroccans appear as if from nowhere and try to sell their wares. I quite enjoyed the 'banter' but other members of the group not so much. After a wander through the market we went for lunch. Considering this was part of a package tour we were pleasantly surprised. Spiced soup, chicken skewers, cous cous, veg and chicken followed by a little biscuit (drinks €1.50 extra). We then had some free time for shopping or getting hassled depending on your point of view. We (family of 4) really enjoyed the day. We'll worth it.

From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier Reviewed by Helen, 03/03/2019

A good choice for exploring Morocco within 1 day

Carlos is a nice tour guide though we could hardly understand his English. We had a wonderful morning in Tangier, spending some time to the scenic spots including the Cap Spartel and the Hercules Cave, then an early lunch at a traditional Moroccan style restaurant. Quite nice food but hope we could try more dishes and larger portion. The local tour guide then brought us to take a walk at the Medina, a local market at the city centre. Good experiences walking through these narrow streets but honestly not feeling comfortable that the guides lead us to two local shops selling handmade textiles and spices, and we actually knew that the local guide gains commission from these shops. Apart from these hard sell parts exactly the same as the style in tours in China, Tangier was a nice city. The tour was a good choice for those who’d like to explore Morocco within a day, though we had to wake up very early in the morning and spend hours in travelling between two countries.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/20/2019

everyone should do it once, life’s too short,been here ,did it marked

trip was a cluster mess, miscommunications and issues since companies in Germany but contracts to a local tour group. Tour never picked us up Germany sent us wrong contact info. so number of tour guy was for different tour group,wife found what hotel tour picks up at and we raced there and we just hung out there for three hours til tour bus arrived to pick another couple up and tour guy told us get on bus called Germany and worked issues out. Thank goodness began to think $350 was a scam so happy it all worked out but super Stressful good luck if you choose getyourguide..

From Seville: Full-Day Tour to Tangier Reviewed by Cecil, 08/31/2019

Good Value and Super Easy Way to See Tangier

Great way to see more than just the city but also surrounding areas and the coast. Lots of queueing for the ferry, but it is unavoidable. The guides know a lot of locals and it shows. Gave us peace of mind to have a guide in the old city, especially since we have a child. Lunch was okay but nothing special. Getting steered into a rug shop and a spice shop were classic Tangier experiences. Go along and have fun!