Everything you need to know before your trip to Tangier, Morocco
Tangier is a very lively city, located at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. Its geographic location has made it a major international port. It has been a strategic point between Africa and Europe since the 12th century ... before our era, that is to say, at the time of the Phoenicians (-1200 to -300 BC) ).
Today, it is a cosmopolitan cultural center that has kept its Moroccan identity, while welcoming others with open arms. Its people have hearts on hand and are as warm as their country. It is a real gold mine, in terms of discoveries, but also in terms of artistic, natural or architectural richness.
Why visit Tangier?
Tangier, the white city, has been the crossroads between the Middle East, Africa and Europe for hundreds of years. Located on the Strait of Gibraltar, it has welcomed many travelers from all walks of life who have left some of their cultures there.
A cosmopolitan and dynamic city, it is the essential destination for artists looking for inspiration. Do you want a colorful weekend, along the alleys of the medina and cafes? Let yourself be intoxicated by the spicy smells and transport by the conviviality of the souks. Between relaxing on the beach, visits to prestigious cultural places, gastronomy, sharing and discoveries, it’s impossible to get bored.
Where to stay in Tangier?
Depending on the activities and the atmosphere you wish to give to your stay, the location of your accommodation is essential. Tangier being a tourist destination, it will be easy for you to find accommodation in your budget.
Accommodation in Tangier is actually very easy. There is a plethora of hotels, riads and rooms and apartments available in AirBnB. The advantage of Tangier is that it is a city on a very human scale. It’s quick and easy to get around.
If you want to discover the history of Morocco and its culture, staying in a riad is a good option. For that, head to the Medina. There you will find small family pensions or more luxurious establishments. In case you want to discover modern Tangier, the boulevard district is ideal. Finally, if you are going to the white city to party, prefer the beach area. The atmosphere is festive, especially in summer. You will be close to the clubs.
See and do in Tangier
As long as you want to discover a little more in the daily life of the Tangetans, go to the fishing port. The 5 km Tangier corniche also promises you a pleasant walk. The Mendoubia garden (bellow photo) is a soothing place. Finally, the Great Mosque paces local life.
Take a break in a café to observe the excitement that characterizes Tangier. Then take a detour to the famous bookstore of columns, landmarks of intellectuals and artists.
If you can get away from the city a bit, the cave of Hercules (photo) in particular is a must see. Complete your visit with Cape Spartel by admiring the place where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet.
When to go to Tangier?
The mild climate of Tangier makes it an ideal destination all year round. In the hottest months, between June and August, the thermometer rises to 25 °. It is also the season when Tangier is the most frequented by tourists. To take full advantage of it while being a little more calm, favor the months of April-May and September-October.