Tangier, or known locally as Tanga, is a small city in northern Morocco that borders the Mediterranean, and it is an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. It is a beautifully preserved city that will remind you of Spain with its laid back lifestyle, whitewashed houses and narrow winding streets.
From the most crowded area of Tangier to the large open air markets and from the endless rows of beach cafes to the nooks and crannies in between, there is a lot to see here.
WHERE IS TANGIER ?
Tangier is located in the bay of the same name, open to the western end of the Strait of Gibraltar, about 15 km from the Spanish coast; and on the outskirts of the Rif mountain range. The city's port is the main destination for passenger ships from Europe. Tangier is, therefore, one of the places of passage for travelers traveling between the European and African continent.
PLACES TO GO WHEN VISITING TANGIER
1- THE MEDINA OF TANGIER
The medina is the main part of Tangier. It’s beautifully laid out with buildings dating from a mix of ancient and more recent periods. You will find the exoticism and diversity offered by the medina itself to be both marvelous and inspiring. The Medina is filled with twisting alleys that take you past all manner of shops and attractions.
2- THE KASBAH MUSEUM
When you are coming to Tangier, Morocco you must visit the Kasbah Museum. It is a fascinating place to visit, whether you are interested in the city’s history from antiquity or if you just want some time to enjoy the views of the Strait. The museum is inside the medina – follow the perimeter all the way to the western end, to the highest part of the city, enter the Bab Kasbah gate and follow the road to the museum.
3- THE CAVES OF HERCULES
There's a lot of great things about Tangier but there's one thing in particular that stands out: its Caves of Hercules. The Caves of Hercules is an archaeological cave complex located in Cape Spartel, Morocco. Situated 14 kilometres (9 mi) west of Tangier, the popular tourist attraction is adjacent to the summer palace of the King of Morocco.
The cave has two openings, one to sea and one to land. The sea opening is known as "The Map of Africa". It is believed that the Phoenicians created the sea opening which is in the shape of Africa when looked at from the sea. There are also some markings on the wall in the shape of eyes, that are said to be made by the Phoenicians, which make up a map of the local area.
4- CAP SPARTEL
Cap Spartel is a promontory on the coast of Morocco, located at the southern entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, 14 kilometers west of Tangier. Facing Cape Spartel, 44 km to the north, Cape Trafalgar marks the northern entrance to the strait, on the Spanish coast.
5- TANGIER BEACH
Morocco Tangier is a wonderful place to visit, you will have fun and enjoy yourself. You must start your trip with a beautiful beach that awaits you. Tangier's beach is ideal for those who want to enjoy the time under the sun. There is nothing better than having a great day at the beach while enjoying a cocktail or contemplating a good book.