Top 3 neighborhoods to stay in Tangier, Morocco
Located on the west ridge of the Strait of Gibraltar, the city of Tangier is Morocco’s first major city, home to millions of tourists each year, just 14 km from the Spanish Andalusian coast. Tangier has a Mediterranean climate with ocean influences - straddling the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean - and is home to a population of one million. It is the third city of Morocco after Casablanca and Fez. Finding accommodation in Tangier is easy because the accommodation offer is vast: hotels, apartments and villas are scattered throughout the city streets. Tangier is attracting more and more tourists and expatriates, between upmarket or cheap neighborhoods.
Tangier is nicknamed "the gateway to Europe", "the white one" and "the North Star". From the historic city center to the new city, from the old Medina to the outskirts, Tangier concentrates many districts. Here is where to stay in Tangier.
1. Thee old medina
The Medina offers a maze of colorful alleys dotted with charming shops and residences, with an exceptional historical heritage. From the central Place du Petit Socco, a thousand and one scents are exhaled in an explosion of bright colors. In the Medina, many shops, cafes and traditional restaurants attract visitors all year round. For example, savor a mint tea before going to the Grand Theater of Cervantes, to the Kasbah museum - retracing the history of Tangier's life, from the pre-Islamic period to Roman times - or starting a stroll along the road to Mercala beach.
In the Grand Socco, concerts, films, plays, cultural meetings are on the program. Through the Bab Bhar gate, you will enjoy a superb view of the strait and the city of Tangier with a glimpse of the Spanish coast on a clear day. When disembarking from the ferry in Morocco, it is an effervescent or even teeming area, but ideal for spending a first night where to sleep in Tangier: the kasbah and the souks district is very close to the port.
2. The boulevard
Moroccans call it "boulibard". It’s the long avenue of several kilometers along the Mediterranean Sea, east of the port. The boulevard begins at Sour Al Maâgazine (the "lazy wall", so nicknamed because this is where many onlookers sit to stroll and rest). You will find everything you need to enjoy a stay in modern Tangier: fashion boutiques, cafe terraces, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors, pastries, large buildings where to stay with locals, banks and shops, etc...
Tangiers like to walk there from morning to evening and all night. The neighborhood is very lively until dawn indeed. At the end of the boulevard, the Place des Nations (Sahat al Ommam) is the site of countless events: outdoor concerts, all kinds of shows, games for children, skate-park. If you want to stay in modern Morocco, this is the place to stay in Tangier.
3. Tangier beach
Tangier beach is the ideal place in Tangier for swimming, eating, having a drink, strolling along the beach and attending many music concerts (blues, jazz, rock, Moroccan music). From the port to Malabata, you will find cafes, restaurants, clubs and discos where young Tangiers from privileged backgrounds come to party. Being around the beach to find accommodation in Tangier: the ultimate when you are young!