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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

Our guide Sirji was excellent and knowledgeable

Sirji was informative and worked hard to please us. He took us to all the recommended sites and also took the most amazing photos - he was funny and knowledgeable on a wide range of topics-very impressed and had a ball. Highly recommend.

Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour Reviewed by Amanda, 05/14/2019

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!

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

Carlos was attentive. Knowledgeable. Made our trip so enjoyable

Trip was fantastic until the last hour where we were given a sales pitch to buy carpets and other items. Time wasted. Still would recommend.

From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier Reviewed by Barbara, 09/28/2018

I thought it was a great day trip and well worth it!

My wife & I really enjoyed this day tour. It was fun & enlightening! We saw lots of not so great reviews so were skeptical but honestly I don't know what people expect for the amount of money paid & the time it takes to get there & back...all in all we thought it was exceptionally well run & organized. If you are looking for free time to shop & wander the city on your own this is not the tour for you - it is a fast paced organized tour with no time to spend exploring on your own. TIP: take eros for the street hawkers...they are VERY persistent but if you know this going in & keep a good attitude its over soon enough and some of them have pretty cool stuff plus it gets cheaper the closer you get to leaving...My only negative comment would be when we got back to Spain we had to wait quite awhile at the port for our bus to take us back because the bus driver had driven to many hours earlier & we had to wait out his mandatory rest period - they had cold beer so it was all good!

Full-Day Tangier Tour by Ferry Reviewed by Allison, 07/01/2018