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For most tourists the reason for being in Morocco is to visit Tangier.So it was with us on a 2 day "tour". Tangier is a bustling city with bulges of modernity oozing out from a core of North African substance. Its more modern aspects comfort the sightseer but it is the other stuff and the admixture that are thr attraction. There are no old "wonders of the world" here (like in Cairo or Istanbul). But this is Morocco and we are here.
Written Oct 10, 2006
Asilah was unexpected. It was a time-killer on our trip, but has its charm. I understand that experienced do-it-yourself travellers can find decent accomodations here. It is 40 km from Tangier and could be a base from which to go to that city for day trips. (We have tips under the Asilah city name).
Updated Oct 9, 2006
Less than 1 mile from the Caves of Hercules is Cape Spartel (5 miles from Tangier). It is the northwest tip of Africa, marked by a century old lighthouse. The eucalyptus and cacti show heavy evidences of wind-weathering. A view out to sea reveals parallel green and blue striping which the "learned guide" states is due to the mixing of the Atlantic and Mediterranean waters (which I doubt). In the parking area are the vendors and maybe a native beggar boy with his donkey looking for photo-ops(even off-season). My baby-sitter polished her bargaining skills for the Socco ahead by working over a leather seller. I wonder how much longer the vast expanses of undeveloped beach will last.
Written Oct 9, 2006
Near the Northernmost point of Africa facing 7 miles further north its stony counterpart Gibraltar, are Cape Spargel and a mile away the Caves of Hercules. The caves are partly erosion and partly man-made (as a source of stone). When tides are overly high the caves are under water. The floors are wet in places at all times and there were empty vendor stands (it was off season) which showed signs of recent water penetration. A few hawkers were around selling wares. I bought a native hat for 2euro (overpaid?) which I wore home. It was appropriated by one of my adult sons for his clowning hobby (he says it is a prize winner). So , if you know a hat freak...
The caves are not much as caves go but the location is what makes the trip to the two sights worth doing. We did this in Brittany and Portugal and we looked at Gibraltar as we went by.
Written Oct 8, 2006
The Chellah Necropolis is described as the most beautiful of Moroccan ruins. The walls give the impression of a medina, but in fact this place, situated south of Rabat, has been abandoned since 1154. Almost a thousand years before that, Chellah was a thriving city and port.
Best time to visit is about an hour before sunset, the colours are wonderful at this time, you'll have plenty of time to see everything, most visitors will be gone by then and you'll be able to observe the storks who have build their nests in trees and on top of an old minaret. Storks, along with crows and swallows have a certain sanctity here, and their presence on a minaret is a sign of good fortune. Above the sanctuary are a group of tombs of local saints or Marabouts. And here too, you'll find a spring where women feed eggs to the eels living in the water to invoke assistance in fertility and childbirth.
Of course, as anywhere else, there are plenty of guides offering their assistance, but the place is small enough to find your way 'round, and with the help of a good travel guide you shouldn't have a problem locating everything.
After the rush and the noise of the city, Chella is an idyllic place for some peace and quiet. Be sure not to miss it
Updated Jan 6, 2006
Address: South of Rabat
Tanger have beautifuls spanish style buildings ... I love to look inside to see the floors, old floors that I used to see around Spain.
I don't have pics of the buildings, I did only walk around but didn't did pics, only this building I did had in front my hotel.
Written Dec 11, 2004
Tanger has a lot of interesting places to visit, especially the mosques, which you will find everywhere in town. You can compare to Europe (or other parts of the world) where they having café’s in every street. Here you will find in almost every street a mosque. There are also lots of other things to see but I can’t remember the names or details again. It was only a one-day trip and it's so many years ago.
Who knows what’s changed already?
Written Aug 24, 2002
If you are not likely to meet camels very often this is an opportunity to see them, touch them, ride on them, take pictures of them.
Updated Jun 20, 2008
This place is wonderful,restaurants,shops,a wonderful view,and even his Majesty Mohamed VI come waterskien at the Cap Spartel beach.
Written Feb 25, 2003
Address: At Cap spartel.
You realy must see that,and pay to see it:-)) but not too much.yes i have a picture with the snake and me:-)
Written Feb 25, 2003
Address: At the kasbah.
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