Tangier, is a Moroccan port on the Strait of Gibraltar, is a strategic gateway between Africa and Europe. It is located on the Strait of Gibraltar, 17 miles from the southern tip of Spain.
This place was not even on my bucket list. In the end, it was a great trip, and I learned a lot about the history of this city and also more about Morocco.
Now the question arises?
Does it make sense to see this historic city? Should I go to Morocco for one day? Should I go on holiday to Morocco?
I’ll tell you how I did it! During my trip to Spain, I was in Malaga, where I saw on a city tour on a billboard with the inscription “Visit Tangier in Morocco”. A day trip for an unforgettable price. This was the best decision I could do, to see this historic city in Morocco for just one day.
Ok, it was 12 hours. For someone who decides for a short time, this is exactly the right decision. You also have this great feeling of adventure. Not every day comes to Africa. The crossing by ferry was just great. I can only recommend this.
My suggestions for a great Tangier trip
Arriving by ferry, the tension and blood pressure rose. The anticipation is great again something new to discover. During the crossing, I talked to fellow passengers, they gave me valuable tips about Morocco. It looks like Morocco will give my bucket list to see more.
We continued along the harbor promenade on Boulevard Mohamed VI. I was surprised at how clean the streets were. I don’t know what is your first thought when in an African country? Mine is easy, it is always the bazaar! Also called Souq, Souk, Suk, Sook, Soukh or Souq and written in Arabic دعا السوق. It’s always exciting to go to such a commercial district and see the bazaar.
By the way, I was not besieged by sellers, as most Tourist write or say. In Tangier, this is not the case. So do not be afraid, and do not always believe what other people say..
As you can see from the photos, a walk in the Old Medina of Tangier is to enjoy the labyrinthine alleyways for both business and residential areas. It is surrounded by the walls of a 15th-century Portuguese fortress, although most of the buildings are relatively young for a Moroccan medina. I think the place is full of treasures, and you get a glimpse into the traditional life in the souk.
Tangier was famous in the 50s and 60s as a destination for artists and writers from Europe and the United States. Great sidewalk cafes & graffiti shows that art was in Tangier.
Tangier is the oldest city in Morocco. It was already 1600 BC. Inhabited by the Phoenicians. It was an international city from 1922 to 1956, which at that time was ruled by representatives of eight European countries.
Where everything comes together is the Grand Socco also called Place April 9, 1947. At that time, the Sultan announced independence. Is a must for all Tangier visitors. You can sit there at a cafe and watch the hectic life.
Mosques are always admirable to me in the Islamic world. The architecture of the various minorets where the prayer ( called muezzin) calls Muslims to pray five times a day is overwhelming. Not for people who are afraid of heights.
The fortress walled medina is dominated by a kasbah, the sultan’s palace. Today a museum of Moroccan art, and also the best place to take a picture of the city and the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain.
The top location as described above is the highest point on the Sultan’s Palace Mar el Makhzen. The owner is just great and very friendly and gastronomically talented. Traditionally on the roof, it serves fresh orange juice with Moroccan sweets. Simply delicious!
It was a wonderful day with many highlights and an atmosphere with numerous sights. It is a city for strollers, for strolling, with steps, alleys and stairs and boulevards. There are smaller galleries, off street cafés and much more. The main thing is the view: across the strait to Spain, from Ville Nouvelle to the Medina.
So off with you to Tangier, if you are in Malaga or Gibraltar. You will not regret it!
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