The City of Strangers
Across the Strait of Gibraltar and just 20 miles from the British enclave of Gibraltar, lies the vastly different city of Tangier, both a strategic port to the Mediterranean and an exotic place that has long enticed travelers, artists, and celebrities from all over the world.
And although there are still famous reminders of its nefarious past—such as the souqs, markets, and Petit Socco Square, all of which can be found among the medieval streets and alleyways of the medina—“the ville nouvelle” of Tangier has undergone a revival, and now showcases a new port, beautified beaches, great restaurants, and a wealth of attractions.
Visit the Grand Socco, shop along the rue de la Liberté, and then head to the Place de France and the renowned El Minzah Hotel and Café de Paris for a cup of mint tea and mesmerizing people watching.
The medina contains a kasbah, the walled fortress of the sultan, museums and galleries, the Petit Socco plaza, souqs, markets, and the impressive Grand Socco, a vibrant square with a beautiful fountain, which hinges between the medina and the villa nouvelle.
Just outside Tangier, through the Perdicaris Forest on the Atlantic Coast, is Cape Spartel, rising 300 meters above sea level, and featuring two towers. Explore the legendary Caves of Hercules and its Neolithic art and rich history, and see why the sea entrance is known as the “Map of Africa”.
Take a daytrip to the small fishing village of Asilah, a fortified town with fully-intact ramparts and gate works. Explore the rich history of town, but the real jewel of Asilah are its stunning beaches, which are plentiful, clean, and tranquil.
Tangier, Morocco At a glance