ROCK THE KASBAH!
Tangier is a beautiful port, which may well be your first experience in Morocco if arriving by ferry from Spain. It has a fascinating mix of history and culture from North Africa, Spain, Portugal and France as it has long been a gateway between these exotic locations.
HOW I GOT AROUND
The ferry from Tarifa, Spain runs every 2 hours, starting from 9am and finishing at 10pm. It is a cost effective and interesting way to arrive in Tangier with a lovely opportunity to sail across the Strait of Gibraltar. The city is also easily accessible by plane, rail, bus and private car. Once in Tangier, buses are easy to navigate and taxis are plentiful. I personally found walking to be the best way to see the sights and get a feel for this magical city, with tiny winding streets and gorgeously painted buildings threaded around every turn.
WHAT I DID
I visited the beautiful beach, lined with palm trees and enjoyed some peaceful relaxation for the first time since arriving in bustling Morocco.
Exploring the kasbah took longer than anticipated! It’s very easy to lose yourself amongst the hole-in-the-wall shops and cafes and find yourself down never ending complex alleyways. This is all part of the wonder and other world feeling of Morocco and something that I absolutely loved. Give yourself a whole afternoon to explore here!
The Kasbah Museum – the former Sultan’s palace has a wonderful collection of artefacts as well as lovely gardens and architecture to admire. A very cheap entry fee of just ten dirham is well worth the visit.
Stop by the souk (a really cool marketplace) to see the beautiful Rif mountain women selling their colourful goods, fresh produce and delicious dairy products all locally produced in the Rif mountains.
Another cool thing to do that I had planned (but then got myself lost in the kasbah) is to visit Hercules Cave which is just 14km out of Tangier, a beautiful natural cave bearing an uncanny natural resemblance to the continent of Africa. You can hang out at the nearby beach after learning about the mythology surrounding the cave which is believed to have been the resting place for Hercules himself, maybe even the very first ‘man-cave’ 🙂
If using the city as your port of entry/deportation from Morocco I feel a shorter stay of 1-2 days is enough and will give you more time in other cities like Chefchaouen or Fez.
WHAT I ATE
Seafood! Being a port, Tangier has access to amazing seafood and is well know for this. I highly recommend indulging in one of the many gorgeous restaurants overlooking the beach and trying the fresh seafood delicacies on offer.
Enjoying mint tea or freshly squeezed orange juice in the Medina is another great way to observe Moroccan life, sitting back and watching the bustle pass by.
Keep in mind to be careful who you are pointing your camera at in Morocco. I found many people were more than happy to have their photograph taken when I explained my intentions, this can easily be done through miming and broken English. However I also saw instances of people taking photos of locals who very clearly didn’t want their photo taken, covering their faces, turning away, even throwing stones at the photographer! I am all for respectful travel and the importance of consent and that if it is not given to appreciate that what your seeing is for your eyes only. One of the beauties of travel, the part that you can’t capture in a photograph 🙂
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