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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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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Planning Your 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!
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
- Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
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- 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
I believe this was one of the best tours we experienced in Morocco! We started off in Tangier- it’s approx a 2 hour journey each way to Chefchaouen and OH MY GOD the views enroute are stunning! (Special shout-out to Mounsif who drove us there and back, he was extremely respectful, stopped over at a beautiful restaurant with a panoramic view for some pictures and a drink + he had great taste in music - we got to show him some music from our culture on the journey too haha) Our tour was hosted by Omar, let me tell you that he is the most considerate tour guide we have ever come across and best of all, you can tell how much he loves his job and sharing his culture! He was born and raised in Chefchaouen, spoke exquisite English and knew exactly what we would love to see, where we wanted to go, showed the best views and places to eat without any hassle or pressure. The tour gave made us love the special gems in Morocco more and I would definitely book it again! Thank you!!
I have nothing but good things to say about my tour to Chefchaouen and Akchour today. My day started with Monsif greeting me at the scheduled time. Monsif was very friendly, professional, and made sure I got to my destination on time while driving very carefully. My tour guide for the day was Omar, and I must say, he gave the best tour I have gotten while I was in Morocco. Just to name a few things about the tour experience: - He was very knowledgeable about the history of Chefchaouen - He picked the best spots to view the inside and outside of the city - He did not push stores or vendors to buy from - He made sure I was safe the entire way through the tour/hike overall, he is a very friendly and great guide and person I strongly recommend this tour for anybody looking to tour Chefchaouen and Akchour for the day!! Thank you again Monsif and Omar for the amazing and unforgettable experience!!!
My wife and I loved our Chefchaouen tour. Youssef, our guide for our time in the blue city, was both knowledgeable and funny: it felt like we were being guided by a friend. He spoke fluent English and really gave us a great experience. Our driver was also incredibly friendly, punctual, and safe. While we were (slightly) disappointed that the tour booked a guide for the Akchour Waterfalls that did not speak any English (we are NOT disappointed in him; he was great! We just assummed that we ordered an English speaking tour). It was still a great time and he made our experience great, too. Keep in mind: this tour was for individuals that did not mind rock scrambling on semi-challenging terrain. In fairness, our guide may have given us the option to choose which path to take, but there was no way of knowing this because we did not share the same language. All in all, a great experience! :)
This trip is amazing! The driver was on-time. He is very friendly. The tour guide, Ali, is very friendly. He knows a lot of things about the city. I highly recommend this tour.
Excellent service all the way around. Long day but we’ll worth it. Everything as stated Great day!!