Tangier tourist information

Marhaba. Welcome to Tangier, chaotic city that is only an hour by plane from Madrid, the ideal place from which to propose a getaway to the north of Morocco.
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Although it was somewhat abandoned for years, the situation has changed to make Tangier an interesting city to start discovering Morocco. For several reasons:

It is completely renewed thanks to the fact that the current king has bet strongly on the development of the north of Morocco. He has also fixed his summer residence in this place. Many people speak Spanish, so the language will be an advantage. Remember that Tangier belonged to the Spanish protectorate until 1956. Now they are renovating the area of ​​the port of Tangier.

It is 35 minutes by boat and, with luck, you will see cetaceans in the Strait. Or an hour from Madrid with Iberia. If you book the tickets in time you can get quite affordable the plane ticket.

You will feel a culture shock when you arrive, at that moment you will notice whether you like it or not, and if you like it, you will surely know other parts of Morocco, even on your own.


If you do not like it, you can always anticipate your return ticket, but I recommend you spend a night, at least you will know a new experience.

It is a very safe city if you take certain elementary precautions. You will try one of the best teas of mint you can imagine in the Haffa cafe. Stroll in the evening by the boulevard, or by the street Mexico.
You will feel the hustle and bustle of the souks ..... and many more experiences.

What to do

Visit the Medina of Tangier

To the Medina of Tangiers you have to dedicate time, it is not too bad to miss it and enjoy strolling through the numerous stalls with all kinds of dates, fruits dry and spices; theTANGER MARRUECOS Perfumes; Stained wool; Silver and all kinds of articles. 

The Tangier medina is a small labyrinth of alleys, stairs and doors that hide surprises behind them.

The tangerine is hospitable and friendly and should not be confused with the false guides and rogues who assault you on the street and of whom the Medina of Tangier is especially stocked.

At the top is the Kasbah or fortress, from where you have a spectacular view of the harbor, the Great Mosque, the Spanish cathedral, the hills.

If the walk up to the kasbah of Tangier has left you tired and do not want to waste your time taking buses, you can follow the tour in a petit taxi.

Another activity not to be missed is to visit the Fondouk market, near the Rue de la Liberté. We must be careful not to pass the door, in whose interior black soil and wet we find all kinds of stalls, especially fruit and vegetables, and both here and anywhere in Tangier pleases the freshness of huge baskets Freshly mint mint. On the top floor of this market is where you will find the Fondouk, full of beauty of traditional and patient crafts.

The gallery that runs through the Fondouk, completely open to light, is distributed in small rooms also open to visitors, each provided with an ancient loom from which come beautiful carpets and chilabas.

The fondouk is very close to the mythical Hotel El Minzah, perhaps it is time to stop by to refresh yourself, have a cocktail at the bar and then savor one of the best meals in the whole country. At dusk, when the sun begins to decline, it would not be a bad idea to catch the traditional contemplative art of the Moroccan.

It is certainly the best time of day to wander around while sipping a mint tea at Café Hafa, made up of stepped terraces that seem to dart off the hill into a steep sea between flowers and shrubs and you can, while You can see the call to prayer. Or you can opt for the also legendary Cafe de Paris, in the Place de France, where the majority of customers spend their time watching those who walk down the street. It is not surprising that, according to the legend, it was during World War II center of encounter of spies of all the countries. Of the nightlife I do not speak to you, just to say that there is march until the wee hours of the dawn.



Bay of Tánger

There are also good beaches to escape from Cabo Espartel to the west and Cabo Malabata to the east, which border the splendid Bay of Tangier. If one is determined to go to Cabo Espartel, he will do so by a path lined with juicy vegetation between which peer villas and some palaces, and will encounter the immense, white and blinding Atlantic beach.Have to be very careful on the beaches Briex and the Atlantic in general because there are strong currents. If you feel the current dragging you in, let yourself be carried away since after a couple of hours you will return the same current to the shore, and if you fight to get out, in the end you will die drowned by exhaustion.

Walking through it you could almost reach Asilah, a town worth knowing, apart from its wonderful beach, for its artistic vocation. Not in vain, the month of August is dedicated to exhibitions and concerts. There is held every Sunday morning a curious fair of donkeys, an animal very common in Morocco.

You will be amazed by the extraordinary cleaning of your Medina and the striking doors of the houses, sometimes completely flat, painted in different colors, and murals. To make sure that one has not been lost in a children's story, it is best to go out to eat, if you are lucky enough to grab a table, to the populous Bar Garcia, which will bring you back to reality. And there is much, much more, Tangier is always to be discovered.

Do not forget...
1. That if you travel in Ramadan, the daytime fasting month, you will find problems in the services, although you will enjoy night celebrations.
2. The best form of transportation within the city is the petit taxi, three passengers. It is advisable to set the price in advance.
3. Visit the Caves of Hercules, in Cabo Espartel, where the action of nature and the hand of man have eroded its stone.
4. If you have the opportunity, enter into this society through the hammam or community bathroom.
5. If you want to see the world's largest exhibition of military miniatures, head to the Forbes Museum, the luxurious Mendoub Palace (Rue Shakespeare).
6. In Asilah on Sundays there is a donkey fair. The borders of the roads of the country are so carried by this noble animal.
7. For those who wish to enjoy nature, Tangier has several campsites at different distances. The nearest is three kilometers.
8. There are wonderful gardens, such as the palace of the Sultanate, in the Kasbah, or the Mendoubia Gardens, next to the Grand Socco.
9. It is worth it, if one is not going to travel around the rest of Morocco, approach at least to visit Tetouan and the village of Xauen.
10. In the maps some streets appear with the old name and the modern, well, Rue de la Liberté is also called The Houria.


Museum of the Kasbah of Tánger

Newly restored. The imposing silhouette of Dar el Makhzen dominates the casbah of Tangier. This former governor's palace, built in the 17th century, stands around a splendid courtyard adorned with enameled porcelain. The Museum of Moroccan Arts is housed in the princely rooms, which honor its name with its painted wooden ceilings, sculpted plaster, mosaics ... Everything there invites to admiration. All the regions of Morocco have enclosed between these walls their best ambassadors. The north, with its arms decorated with marquetry, its utensils of pottery with subtle motifs of flowers or feathers. Rabat, with its iridescent carpets and characteristic central medallion ... The Fez hall is dazzling: silks of delicate reflections, books superbly bound, calligraphic and illuminated, ancient dishes combining the most daring colors, from yellow gold to the famous " Blue of Fez ". From the tiny to the monumental, the Museum of Moroccan Arts is a universe of beauty. Dar el Makhzen, Kasbah Square. Address: In the Dar es-Shorfa palace. Closed on Tuesdays. Hours: from 09:00 hrs. At 1:00 p.m. Price 10 Dh. Tel: 0539 93 20 97.

Museum of Art Contemporary of Tánger

Dedicated to Moroccan artists, it also offers interesting temporary exhibitions. The permanent exhibition includes works by Chabia Tallal, Fatimi Hassani and Mohamed Hamidi. Closed on Tuesdays. Hours: 09:00 hrs. At 12:30 a.m. And from 15:00 hrs. At 18:30 hrs. Address: Rue El Masella, in the house of the former British consulate. Price: 10 Dh.

Museum of the Legacy America

In an old palace ceded to the government of the United States of America, is this museum. It is an impressive palace in three heights, built as a bridge over an alley of the medina. It houses a collection of paintings by Moroccan artists and foreigners living in Tangier, as well as an interesting collection of objects related to the city's history. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours: from 10:00 hrs. At 1:00 p.m. And from 15:00 hrs. At 5:00 p.m. Address: Rue de Amerique, Petit Zoco. Price: Free at the indicated time, outside this time schedule telephone appointment. Tel: 0539 93 53 17.

Gallery Delacroix de Tangier

French Cultural Institute of Tangier. They show temporary exhibitions of painting Time: 10: 00-13: 00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 hrs. Address: 8, Rue de la Liberté. Price: Free. Tel: 0539 93 21 34.

Exhibition Hall of the Instituto Cervantes de Tangier

Temporary art exhibitions. Hours: 10: 00-13: 00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 hrs. Address: 9, Rue de Belguique. Price: Free.

Fondation Lorin de Tangier

Also known as the International Museum of Tangiers, it is located in one of the oldest synagogues in the city. They organize temporary exhibitions. Hours: 11: 00-13: 30 and from 16:00 to 19:30 hrs. Address: 8, Rue de la Liberté. Price: Free

History of Tangier

They say that Tangier was founded by Antaeus (atlas), son of Neptune and  theTANGER MARRUECOS Earth, putting the name of his wife (tingo) or that of his daughter (tinga). Antheus was killed by Hercules, son of Jupiter. Its tomb is situated on one of the hills around the city, "charf hill".

From Tangiers it is also said that there flourished the "Gardens of the Hesperides", where their trees produced fruits of gold.

Another theory bases the birth of Tánger to the inhabitants of Candan, philistine town.

According to the facts, Tangier is shown as one of the most powerful Phoenician metropolis. Founded by the Phoenicians who came from Tire, an eminently traveler and merchant people, who crossed the Mediterranean, establishing cities there where they carried them, carrying their culture, Tangiers preserves only its founders two necropolis. One is located on the Marshan hill, facing the sea, the other on the Kasbah.

Later, the Carthaginians settled on Tangiers, developing a great commercial activity, based on the exchange of local products, wool, hides, as well as gold, ivory and slaves, which the Berbers brought from the Sudan accompanying the caravans , For iron and bronze utensils, ceramics, weapons and perfumes brought from Carthage (now Tunis).

After the destruction of Carthage by the Romans, Morocco was conquered by the great power of Rome, becoming Roman province by the Emperor Claudius and Tangier rose to the rank of administrative and military capital of Mauritania Tingitana.

Tingis or Traducta Julia, as it was later called, knew the apotheosis of the Roman civilization. They created towns, cities, roads and became the starting point of products, such as oil, wheat, furs and animals towards Rome. In the middle of the fifth century the Roman Empire began its decline, dragging with it the colonies founded by them and it was not an exception Tangier.


The Vandals seized Tangier, remaining for a century, until it was reconquered again by the Roman general Belisario, who disembarked with his army by defeating the Vandals. Again they settled there but began the end of the Roman occupation of Tanger. In 683, Oqba Ben Nafí invaded Morocco, entering Tangier.

At the beginning of the 7th century. Another Arab army occupied the north of Africa driven by Moussa Ben Nousair, arriving at Tangier where it did not find great resistance on the part of its inhabitants. He appointed governor of the city to a converted Berber, of Jewish origin, Tarik Ben Ziad.

In the year 711 it was the one who, crossing the strait, invaded the Iberian peninsula and gave name to the present Gibraltar (gibel in Arabic means mount). Likewise his lieutenant Tarif Ben Malek invaded the Spanish Atlantic coast and perpetuated his name at the current rate.

During the reign of Idriss i e Idriss ii, Tangier was ruled by local authorities. To the death of idriss ii, its reign is divided between its children, happening this in the year 829.

The city of Tangier was granted to kacem, who was later defeated by his brother Omar and had to take refuge on the banks of the river Tahadart where he dedicated himself to prayer. Even today, there is a tradition of going to the place. (Sidi kacem).

Tangier was dominated by the "Idrisses" until the arrival of the Almoravids at the end of the eleventh century, who led by an excellent leader, Yussef Ben Tachfin, invaded all the cities of the empire reaching Algeria.


This military man is said to have been a just man, a skilled warrior who knew how to command with intelligence, considering himself to be the first great ruler who ruled over the lands of Morocco. (1061-1106)
Legend has it that his tomb stands under the shadow of an ancient tree behind the Koutoubia of Marrakesh, the city he founded.

In 1148, Tangier succumbed under the forces of Caliph Almohade, Abd El Moumen and in 1196 by Yacoub El Mansour.

During the thirteenth century, the beginning of the Merinid era, the Tangiers square will know some years of independence with the Emir El Hamdani.

At his death, at the hands of his own subjects, his son succeeded him. By those years and already under the reign of Yacoub Ben Abdelhalak, Tánger underwent a tremendous siege by land and by sea.

In 1359 the city is conquered by Abú Salem, brother of Abu Inam, that coming from the conquered Spain took the throne.

Continuing with the vicissitudes in the history of this city with universal destiny, I must mention a world-known explorer, writer and geographer, Abu Abdellah Mohamed Ben Ibrahin El Luati El Tangi, known by Ibn Batouta. Born in Tangier in 1283. Being contemporary with Marco Polo, his image and fame was never overshadowed by him.

An impenitent traveler, he dedicated his life to the study of geography. Ibn Batouta died in 1377.
In 1889, when Sultan Moulay Hassan visited the city of Tangier, he declared his tomb as the sanctuary of Sidi Ahmed Ben Allal. It is said that he commented: "This tomb you see here, is none other than that of the famous Ibn Batouta, who will be venerated by all."

During the reign of Edward I of Portugal, the Portuguese, who had already occupied Ceuta in 1415, attempted to seize Tangier in 1437. The city was successfully defended by Salah Ben Salah, Lord of Tangier and Arzila. The Mujahideen inflicted a hard defeat on the Lusitanian army.
Again in 1458 there was another attempt, being repelled.


In 1464, under the reign of Alfonso V, the Portuguese fleet commanded by Luis Méndez de Vasconcellos tried again.
Finally August 28, 1471 Tangier was occupied by Alfonso V and Don Juan, son of the Duke of Braganza.
During the long period of occupation (1471-1662), the city experienced a flourishing of commerce.
In 1581, Portugal loses its independence and passes, along with Tangier to depend on the Spanish Crown.
As a result of this, all the Portuguese colonies gradually lost all the character of commercial centers becoming mere fortifications.

This situation remained until 1643, when Tanger, under the governor Rodrigo de Silveira, again relied on the authority of Lisbon, which still under Spanish jurisdiction, enjoyed broad political and administrative autonomy, being its rulers Portuguese
After this, Portugal regains its independence being proclaimed king D. John IV, of the dynasty of the Braganza.

The city of Tangier and in order to protect it from its enemies, was surrounded by wide walls, of which at the moment some vestiges remain.
P ortugal, in order to secure his alliance with England, negotiates the wedding of Infanta Catalina de Braganza, daughter of Queen Louisa de Braganza, with King Charles II. Passing Tangier to be part of the dowry that brought the Infanta to the wedding.
King Charles II declared in Parliament: "The acquisition of Tangiers should be regarded as a jewel of incalculable value to the British Crown."
Portugal, after 190 years of occupation, on January 30, 1662, being Governor Luís de Almeida, ceded the keys of the city to Sir Henry Moudaunt, II Count of Peterbourought, settled in the "Castle of the Portuguese" in the Kasbah .

The British occupation only lasted for 22 years (1662-1684), but during that short period the city consolidated as an important capital. THE GODDESS VESTA This statue of white marble of more than 2 meters is the most important Roman vestige discovered in Tangier. I met on 10 August 1935 on a property of D. Moises h. Azancot, in the big souk.

Tangier Attractions


One of the best in Tangiers and the most popular. Traditional Moroccan cuisine, fish and seafood very good and fresh. It is located at the back of the Solazur and Ramada hotels, it has good service and the value for money is very good. They do not sell alcohol. Residence Racha 2, Av. Oujda (nejma). Tanger. Tel: 039946963.


House of meals specialized in dishes of fish and seafood. Just a short walk from the Solazur hotel. Good quality and reasonable prices. They sell alcohol. Good service, although sometimes they forget things and you have to make sure they have understood your request.


Located next to the Medina, in a magnificent setting. At their tables you can taste among other typical dishes of Moroccan cuisine the "pastilla" and the soup of "flour". The evenings are usually enlivened with Moroccan folk music. It is better to go at night or rather late at noon, because it is full of groups of day trips. The food is excellent. They sell alcohol and the service very good. Address: Rue de la KasbaTeléfono: 0539 93-45-14.


Vietnamese food is the most Asian restaurant in Tangier. Be sure to order the spring rolls with pumpkin and lettuce. They sell alcohol.Tél: 05 39 93 80 86 - 3, Rue El Boussairi. in the center


Elegant restaurant in front of the beach. Impeccable table service. Great variety of fresh fish and seafood, as well as a good wine list. Tél. 05 39 32 24 63  - 3 Av Mohammed VI. Promenade.


Restaurant with summer terrace on the seafront. Live music in the evenings. Mediterranean and international food. They sell alcohol.Tél. 05 39 32 50 68 - Av Mohamed VI.

The Home of ITALIA

Restaurant pizzeria, located on the side of the palace Moulay Hafid, with a nice terrace where you can taste the exquisite pizzas cooked in wood-fired oven. Be sure to order spicy oil to season the pizzas. Tél. : 05 39 93 63 48 -  (Palais Moulay Hafid) Merchan


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