Tangier Culture & history

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Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

1. Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

Take a 5-hour grand tour of Tangier to explore the traditional and modern face of the city with an expert guide. Discover a city of many cultures from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Start by visiting Tangier Port and the outskirts of the city, crossing the modern town with its large boulevards and exclusive areas of large villas, celebrity homes and palaces, including the summer residence of the Moroccan royal family. Continue to Cape Spartel at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar, and see the lighthouse that marks the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Stop to ride or take pictures of camels, before visiting the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, they were once the home of Hercules, founder of Tangier, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Next, explore the old face of Tangier, and walk through the historic Kasbah, home to the Dar-el-Makhzen (Sultanate Palace) and Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities in the former Sultan’s apartments. Continue to the maze-like Medina, where tanners work on leather goods and artisans make handicrafts from wood and silver. Visit the Archaeological Museum or the American Legation, the first American public property outside of the United States. Admire the Parc de la Mendoubia (also known as the Grand Socco) where Moroccan independence was fermented, and vendors sell a variety of second-hand goods. Explore the colorful streets at leisure, before driving back to the port at the end of your tour.

Tangier City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

2. Tangier City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Following pickup from the Tangier Ville port, you'll begin with a tour of the city and its surroundings. Following that, visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves, which provide an exceptional view of both the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. From there, continue to the Kasbah district next to the port and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina. You'll then stop to admire the magnificent minaret overlooking the sea, before taking the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles. At the conclusion of your tour, you'll be dropped off back to the Tangier Ville port.

Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

3. Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

Today you will be brought face to face with the real Tangier. Start out with a peaceful drive along la Corniche, the central beach, and then visit the east side of the city. From here, you can snap some pictures over the port, and if you're lucky, you might even be able to see Spain from here! Then, its time to head inland and visit Iberia and the California residential area, which is filed with luxurious chalets and villas (a bit like California itself!). Your guide will point out the history of these locations as you are treated to some fine photo and shopping opportunities. Then, head along the coast for a tour of the mythical Hercules caves. These caves are said to have once housed the hero, and you can decide for yourself what parts of the legend to believe. After the caves, it's time to come to the real heart of Tangier, with a walking tour of the Kasbah. This 15th century fortress has been rocked by a tumultuous history, and as a crossroads of life here in Tangier, serves as a meeting grounds for people of all walks of life. The archeological museum offers a nice contrast to the packed and colorful streets. There's no shortage of people trying to sell you things, so keep a close eye for the best bargains. Afterwards, head to the fruit and vegetable market for a different kind of commerce. Here you can taste all sorts of delectable fruits and olives, and also get a good look at Mendoubia, with its 800 year old Banion Tree. There is a chance for a mint tea in the Petit Socco before returning back to our starting point.

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What people are saying about Tangier

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 588 reviews

My friend and I enjoyed this tour a lot! I'm originally from Morocco and my friend is visiting from the US, and we booked this guided tour last minute but we did not regret it! Starting from our super friendly driver, Ahmed, who was so kind and entertaining, to our great tour guide, Ben, who was very knowledgeable and passionate about explaining the different cultural and historical aspect of the city--- we loved it all! We got to visit Cap Spartel, Hercules caves, the old medina and markets, and the Kasbah. We also drove around California neighborhood, royal palace and several other interesting neighborhoods while enjoying different panoramics. This was truly great! I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Tangier for the 1st time!

Ali was our tour guide and he was amazing! Kind, patient, extremely knowledgeable, allowed us to take our time learning the history and understanding Tangier. Everywhere we went people treated him with respect and were friendly. He seemed to know many folks along the way and it was obvious they held him in high regard as we did. He was warm and friendly, he took pictures of us, showed us a wide variety of things and made sure we had an excellent tour. Ahmed was our driver and he was a great! Safe, smooth, kind and accommodating. He was friendly and calm. Can’t say enough about these two guides. I highly recommend this tour, especially if you’re lucky enough to have them.

A wonderful day with our guide Rachid and his driver Houssine! Thank you for his explanations, his culture and his kindness, we had a great day thanks to Rachid who made us discover all the corners of Tangier; even my 8 year old daughter loved her day and the museum visits! I recommend Rachid as a guide 100%

We had a great day. Our driver was charming. Our guide, Abdelkader made us discover Tangier in a wonderful way. He was very interesting, erudite and anxious to make us have a good time. Abdelkader is a wonderful guide that we recommend. Sika and Fatiha

Super expérience. Hamza our guide was super kind and friendly. We highly appreciate the tour