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The 8 essential things to do in Tanger

Tanger a very lively city, located at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. Its geographical 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 approximately). ). The city currently occupies a good third of the peninsula forming, on the Moroccan side, the Strait of Gibraltar. Over the centuries, Tangier has expanded, it has grown.

Today, it is a cosmopolitan cultural center that has kept its Moroccan identity, while welcoming others with open arms. Its inhabitants wear their hearts on their sleeves 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 wealth. We have selected the 9 essential things to do in Tanger, for a successful and authentic stay.

1. The Grand Socco

Who says visit Tanger, says visit its center. The Grand Socco is undeniably one of the liveliest parts of Tangier. This is the main access to the medina and the fresh fruit and vegetable market. Lined with palm trees, this large square is very popular with locals who come easily to rest near the fountain.

You can see the Cinema Rif, an emblematic building of the city. It houses the Cinémathèque de Tanger (CDT), an association promoting the democratization of cinema in Tanger.

2. Cape Spartel

It is unthinkable to do Tanger without going to Cap Spartel, which corresponds more or less to our Finistère, in Brittany. This is the western tip of the peninsula on which Tangier is located. You will discover a lighthouse there, which seems to watch over the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It is said that it is at his feet that the two meet.

This lighthouse, inaugurated in 1864, was the first in Morocco. You will find it in many representations (especially tourist souvenirs). And for good reason, it is one of the icons of the city of Tangier. Cap Spartel is located about fifteen kilometers from the city, accessible by taxi for about fifteen us dollars (150 dirhams).

3. The medina of Tanger

Who has never dreamed of entering a medina and being guided by its alleys until losing the north? It is an extraordinary way to visit Tanger: explore it and get to know it. The narrow streets, but inhabited, will make you see all the colors: blue, pink, yellow, green… The medina has its own architecture and style. The locals love plants and it shows. Some push their decoration to the maximum, for our greatest pleasure. But the medina is not only houses but there are also many shops, for tourists or food.

With a bit of luck, you may meet someone, often a man, who will offer you a guided tour of the medina. Be careful, that said, because at the end of his “visit”, he will ask you for remuneration. This is where you will have to apply your negotiation skills. Because even if all work deserves a salary, these “local guides” sometimes ask for a lot of money, often from the most vulnerable tourists.

4. Local gastronomy

For a gourmet and typical break, we can only recommend Moroccan pastries. Chocolate, honey, cinnamon, or orange blossom, take different forms. As delicious as they are famous, Moroccan pastries are a real institution in Tangier, there are shops everywhere!

Change your vision of the world with zlabia, chebakia, ghribia, or gazelle horn! And to accompany this delicacy, opt for the lightness of fresh orange juice. A little everywhere in the city, especially in the center, vendors will be quick to serve you fresh juice, prepared on the spot! It is not for nothing that fruit, the cross of an orange and a tangerine, bears the name of the city: the tangerine. Today, Morocco only participates in 2% of world tangerine production, well ahead of China (47%).

It is a must when you visit Morocco: taste its cuisine! Indeed, Moroccan cuisine is one of the essential things to discover when it comes to visiting Tangier. So fragrant, comforting, and delicious, this southern gastronomy will delight the most gourmet. You can stop in one of the many Tangier restaurants. They serve couscous, tajines, chicken pastillas, and other koftas to die for until late!

But also, you can buy some local specialties from a street merchant. For example, batbout, which is not Batman’s bread, but a flatbread made from wheat semolina. Otherwise, discover the baghrir, a “thousand-hole crepe” that is very supple and light, to be seasoned savory or sweet, according to your desires.

5. The Grotto of Hercules

Probably the equivalent of the Eiffel Tower, the Caves of Hercules are one of the main emblems of the city of Tangier. You will have to take the taxi or stop option to get there because they are located about 15km from the city center. However, the game is worth the candle.

These are natural caves, with a breathtaking opening to the ocean. The water sometimes rushes in powerfully and resonates in the entire cavity. It takes its name from the hero of Greek mythology who, after a long journey, would have taken the time to rest in this place…

6. The municipal beach

How to do Tangier without going to the municipal beach, after all very busy. She is also very tall. It is a very beautiful beach, with fine white sand. If you walk along its width, you will pass not far from the Jardins de la Corniche, a green space with games.

Also, take a moment and go soak your feet! You can say that you have set foot in half-ocean, half-sea water! On the beach, it is not uncommon to see camels waiting to be taken care of. Don’t worry, their owner is not far away, ready to offer you a walk, for a few dirhams.

7. Perdicaris Park

On the road that leads to Cap Spartel from Tangier, there is a green parenthesis: the Perdicaris Park. Facing the strait, this park covers 67 hectares. Marked trails will allow you to quietly discover this preserved area. It is a veritable botanical garden, rich in varied flora and fauna. The park’s forest is home to many species of trees, such as acacias, laurels, and local pines.

Moreover, migratory birds use this forest as a dormitory during their great expeditions. It is a place that you are recommended to visit if you want to spend some time close to nature. Like a break, near a city as hectic as Tangier.

8. Tea in a Grand Café

Obviously, there is no Morocco without the emblematic mint tea! And that, the people of Tangier know it. Tea is a real institution there, as in most Arab countries. And this is for our greatest happiness.

Indeed, savoring a hot cup of tea on the terrace of a café in Tangier is like immersing yourself once again in culture. Downtown Tangier has some well-known historic cafes, such as the imminent Café El-Hafa, open since 1921. Famous guests have stopped there, such as the Beatles or the Rolling Stones (just that!).

So take the time to visit Tangier also through its cafes, which often offer pastries to accompany the hot drink. To top it off, the establishment overlooks the sea… An ideal place, therefore, to relax.