Tangier Travel Guide

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    The pharmasists at the herb pharmacy.
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Tangier Highlights

  • Pro
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     Its cosmopolitan past lingering still in the air 

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     Tangier earns its bad reputation: Tourists are fair game, lots of beggars and shop hawkers, hard to get rid of your 'new friends', violence is too commonplace 

  • In a nutshell
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     Not the best place for first time visitors to Morocoo 

Tangier Things to Do

  • Medina

    Tangiers medina is quite small in comparison with other Moroccan cities. The walled city runs up the side of the hill to the kasbah. You can enter the medina from the Grand Socco through the gate and into Rue as-Siaghin. This used to be the old Jewish quarter where a gold market used to operate.

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  • Grand Socco

    The Grand Socco (a French-Spanish hybrid for the Big Square) is the best point of departure for an exploration of the medina and souks. Thanks largely to personal interest from King Mohammed VI, this former market square underwent a makeover in 2005. A large marble fountain is now encircled by park benches and grass areas shaded by large palm...

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  • Kasbah - Fort

    Kasbah means fortress.THe kasbah is in the medina;other arab word meaning town.In fact medina is the old town in the arab towns.Zoco is the word for souk or street market.Socco is a bad spanish translation. My travel to Morocco was my second travel abroad.I went from Algeciras to Tangier and then to Tetouan and Ceuta by bus.I remember to odour in...

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Tangier Hotels

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Tangier Restaurants

  • Cap Spartel Restaurant

    At the lookout spot at Cap Spartel is a seafood restaurant – the only restaurant I saw. They serve seafood, salads both in light lunches and main meals. At the front of the restaurant are souvenir sellers.

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  • New Years Eve Party

    Hi,I have a friend who has spent many a New Years Eve in Tangier, he tells me that most NYE events in hotels or clubs will have an inflated cover charge. He suggests "Casa Espana" they hold a typical Spanish NYE party, with no cover charge. It might be a good idea to make a reservation.Moroccan people celebrate New Year with large cakes and mint...

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  • Marroccan and French Fine Cuisine

    Raihani's serves traditional Moroccan food as well as French cuisine. The food is first class; try their fish, harira and pastilla. They have a small garden out back where you can sit, eat and enjoy the balmy Moroccan evenings.

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Tangier Nightlife

  • An historical Tangier relic......

    Despite many visits to Tangier over the years, and even having stayed several times in the Hotel Ibn Batouta opposite, I had never ventured into the Tanger Inn, partly because of its restricted opening hours 10pm 'til 2am, but also because it had a specific well-known insalubrious reputation........ This year, staying in the Hotel Nabil, just...

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  • Moorish Girls at Night

    Very near to Continental Hotel,there are few night clubs.By 8 p.m. Girls are coming in to the clubs.Moorish girls are Hot. All girls know how to move there Body like the Bally Dancers. Just casual but no short or tang top.Pant, polo shirt and dress shoes okay.Be nice to the bar tender and the security,on your way out dont forget to tip them.

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  • Night life is around Cafes here

    Some of the best cafes are centred around the tiny Petite Socco. Nightlife in Tangiers is nothing like it was back in the 1950's. You won't find the debauchery and decadence that there once was.You won't find the same kind of nightlife that you'd find on the Costa del Sol or in the holiday resorts in France and Greece either. This is probably a...

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Tangier Transportation

  • Ferries from Spain

    the fastest way to Tangier by ferry from Spain are the fast ferries with the FRS company that go back and forth from Tangier to Tarifa....they are fast hydrofoils that take only about 40 minutes and still land right in at what is regarded now the old port in central Tangier. (the new port is Tanger Med about 45 minutes from Tangier and is for all...

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  • Driving to Tangier = Tanger

    Most visitors get to Tanger for 1 or 2-day visit either by passenger ferry or faster hydrofoil from Spain (Algeciras) or Gibraltar. Some buy a ferry/bus tour: Ceuta (ferry from Algeciras) - Tetouan - Tangier (details: follow the link given below).But I arrived to Tangier by own car. I drove from Poland (it's in central Europe ;-) through Germany,...

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  • transportation from Tanger Med Port

    I saw many people asking about how to get from Tanger Med Port (the new port of Tangier) to the city. It's simple there are 2 ways: Either you can get the free bus (CTM) to take you to Tangier (at no cost) or if you don't want to waste time, there are 2 car rental agencies inside the port. I hope this will help you, and have a good luck !

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Tangier Shopping

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  • Bad store in Tangier, Morocco

    I was booked on a tour to Morocco on July 1, 2012. The tour was mediocre in the way that the food was just ok, the peddlers were unbearable and the trip was long….but the worst part was that the tour guide took us to some shops in Morocco including a rug store called Traditional Art Gallery. I thought it would be cool to buy a rug there to remember...

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  • Horrible Experience with Rug Purchase

    Traditional Art Gallery sells many items but specializes in rugs that are handmade locally. Don't buy anything from these people. Very unreputable! I spent almost $3000 for a rug that has never been delivered and it has been over 3 months since I purchased it!

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  • Geodes from Morocco

    not relevant - sold by lots of different street hawkers. Beautiful 'geodes' split in half rocks that contain wonderful crystal formations in superb colours. We saw rocks whose exteriors were white mainly, but also saw one grey one. (I wish we had bought this when offered it!) 3 to 300 Euro

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Tangier Local Customs

  • Market in Ksar-es-Seghir

    It was fun to watch the local market in Ksar-es-Seghir, near Tangier, with all the women in... uniform. We had already seen that striped djellaba, but never saw so many people together, and all with the sane pattern. The village seems poor, the market was poor, but the uniformity left a sensation of order and organization

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  • Traditional Dress

    Tangier still has quite a few people running around in traditional dress and not just the obvious ones for the tourist's sake. Here is an old man in the traditional robe of the country

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  • Tangiers multicultural society

    Tangiers multicultural society and large immigrant population has attracted artists like Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Tennessee Williams, Brion Gysin and the Rolling Stones, who all lived here or visited at some stage.William S. Burroughs wrote Naked Lunch in Tangier in the 1950s and the book?s locale of Interzone is an allusion...

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Tangier Warnings and Dangers

  • TANGIER CRAPHOLE

    If your going to tangier via the ferry take a Can of Deoderant plus a lighter. Why because you will need it to blow flames and at *** Morrocan who comes up to you and trying to sell you crap or take you to crapI threated to Call the police if they didnt stop bothering me.I paid a guy 50 euros to show me around town and he couldnt help but take me...

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  • Pick pockets

    Secure your wallets, Tangier is very busy especially in the markets. People are very poor and desperate therefore you have many professional pick pocketers here. Keep wallets in your front pocket or even better in a zippered jacket pocket.

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  • Muslim extremists

    Morrocco and tangier especially is a massive al-qaueda recruitng ground and we wre told this by several locals. You need to watch your back, especially if you choose to stay where we did, up in the slums. Respect the muslim culture and try and keep your views to yourself, any excuse possible will be used against you. Unfortunately the tangier...

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Tangier Tourist Traps

  • a tour in many languages

    How would you think a tour in 4 languages would be ?While the bus in driving the guide that speaks the 4 languages is human beeing.when you buy the excursion in spain, make sure about the language.... And in case if there are many expect that you will get what the other nationality people will get.

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  • Camel rides

    For 1 Euro, locals will give you a camel ride. This consists of putting you up on a camel for about as long as it is required to take your picture then you are back down.

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  • Medina Tourguides

    There are a number of "guides" who will harass you endlessly throughout the touristy medina. The guides at the ferry docks are accredited or certified and will guarantee a flat fee for a decent introductory tour to this old town center.

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Tangier What to Pack

  • Good travel books and maps

    Sun glasses, a hat or something to protect your head against the sun. Sun protection cosmetics of well known companies are available but more expensive than in Europe (Spain), local ones are of lower quality. Films for cameras (Kodak and Fuji) and for movie cameras (Video8, Hi8) available, usually a bit more expensive than in Europe...

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  • Don't take your suitcase

    If you are just going for an organised day trip, which lasts about 5 hours, don't take too much baggage. You will have to carry all your gear around with you, and risk having items stolen as you pass through the crowds. We had been checking on the Wunderground weather pages all week, and had some idea of the weather pattern. If you do this, you...

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Tangier Off The Beaten Path

  • Ksar-es-Seghir beach

    Maybe the sea is dangerous or cold in this northern coast, maybe the lack of infra-structures or the hard access keep people away, but the very nice beach of this small village near Tangier (with bad name in Portuguese history...), seems to deserve another kind of human presence.Was it a bad day?

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  • Mendoub Palace

    Part of our tour from Spain to Tangier involved a visit to the free Forbes Museum of Military Miniatures. It was very interesting, but hard to take pictures because of the glare of the glass cases.Malcolm Forbes, who was an American publisher (1919-1990) of Forbes magazine and very quotable guy* bought the Mendoub Palace in 1970. In 1978, he housed...

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  • Bay of Tangier

    The Bay of Tangier stretches from the port to Cap Malabata. The bay is considered one the most beautiful with its lovely beaches and popular seaside resorts and hotels. Avenue d-Espagne runs parallel along the bay.

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Tangier Sports & Outdoors

  • Swimming in the ocean

    I took a loop drive from Tangier to the Cape Spartel and the Hercules Caves. When I was walking on high cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean above the Hercules Caves, I surprisingly saw small, alone figure of a swimmer approx. 1 kilometer far in the ocean. I zoomed (12 x) and took a picture.A would-be suicide?, I thought. No, no, I got to know from local...

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  • Fishing in the ocean

    I saw quite many locals sitting on cliffs, high above the Atlantic Ocean, by the Hercules Cave and trying to catch any fish with a fishing rods, partly succesfully. One of them managed to catch maybe 10, medium size fish. Some locals were angling down on the rocks as well. I saw loong fishing rods of locals.

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Tangier Favorites

  • Travel from Spain to Morocco by sea.

    The Algeciras to Tanger Med ferries are the way I always enter and exit Morocco, from Spain, at €20 it's cheaper than the Catamaran Tangier port to Tarifa crossing (Dh390) which can sometimes be cancelled in stormy weather in the Gibraltar Strait, whereas the bigger stabilised vessels, operating on the longer two hour crossing are rarely affected,...

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  • Beware of Moroccan ATM's etc.......

    The Algeciras to new port Tanger Med ferries are the way I always enter and exit Morocco from Spain, it's cheaper than the fast catamaran ferry between Tangier port and Tarifa, at only €20 one way per foot passenger (compared to Dh390 on the fast catamaran) and the hourly sailings operate eighteen hours a day on the summer timetable. The...

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  • Late-night bibulous activities.

    Probably an unsteady tour of Tangier's many beach bars and discotheques! My best memories of Tangier, and which still exist today are the Spanish-inspired " Tapas " bars, which predominate late-night drinking, for those unfamiliar with the routine, if you order and consume a couple of alcoholic drinks, and appear intent on staying in the...

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