Tangier in Morocco Awaits You
With its souks, traditional Moroccan cuisine and many historical and cultural attractions, it's the perfect destination for your Moroccan holiday. Tangier, also known as the White City, revolves around its state-of-the-art import and export port and you are sure to see many millionaire yachts on this stretch of Moroccan coastline where the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet.
Many famous writers like Paul Bowles and William Burroughs visited Tangier and even called it their home. Tangier was also the world's first, and therefore famous, gay resort - a role it maintains to a lesser degree today. The city is very popular with tourists and Moroccan holiday makers as it has beautiful beaches to entertain them. This beautiful city is energetic, very likeable, extremely individual and has an enduring charm.
Tangier has many hotels and pensions in either the Medina or the Ville Nouvelle. The city has two campsites: Camping Miramonte and Camping Tingis. Both are situated close to the city center and in walking distance of several beaches. They are safe and convenient.
Things to See & Do
The beaches are a big attraction in Tangier with people enjoying camel rides, windsurfing, acrobatics and football. The beaches here have a number of beach bars that are only open in the summer. Most of the beaches offer showers, deck chairs, food and drink and some provide cabarets at night.
Place de France
Place de France is a small French-looking square right in the middle of the Ville Nouvelle with many friendly, inviting street cafés.
The Grand Socco
Visit the Grand Socco Market Square with its good street cafés and absorb the city life. The market sells everything including arts and crafts, fruit and vegetables and an assortment of trinkets.
The Mendoubia Gardens
Enjoy the inviting shade that surrounds the Grand Socco Square in the midsummer afternoons. This garden contains a fascinating banyan tree that's over 800 years old.
The Caves of Hercules
The Caves of Hercules are situated 14km west of Tangier in the Cap Spartel area. It is a place of great beauty and archeological significance.
Cuisine & Nightlife
Tangier's nightlife is not really something to get excited about, although there are a few good bars and discos and some of the cafés in Grand Socco Square stay open all night. If you're looking for a basic inexpensive restaurant or café you'll find what you're looking for in the Medina. If a fancy meal is more your style, then Ville Nouvelle is the place to be. Click here for traditional Moroccan Cuisine and Recipes.
Tangier, like most Moroccan cities, consists of a Medina and a Ville Nouvelle that makes it very easy to move around. Grands taxis are allowed to carry up to six passengers; they are quick and efficient and are a good value for money. Petit taxis can be caught almost anywhere in town. They may not carry more than three passengers and are metered. Petit and Grands taxis increase their rates at fifty percent after 8pm at night. City buses are very useful; they operate between the airport, the train station, Grand Socco and the Caves of Hercules.