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Information about Tanger

Marhaba. Welcome to Tangier, chaotic city that is just one hour flight from Madrid, the ideal place from which plan a getaway in northern Morocco.

TANGER MARRUECOS 02.JPGAlthough it was somewhat abandoned for years, the situation has changed for converting Tangier in an interesting city to begin to discover Morocco. For several reasons:

-It is completely renovated by the current king, who is strongly committed to the development of northern Morocco. It has also established his summer residence here. Many people speak Spanish. Remember, Tangiers belonged to the Spanish protectorate until 1956. They are now renovating the port area of Tangier.

-It is 35 minutes by boat from Spain and hopefully you'll see whales in the Strait. Or an hour from Madrid with Iberia. If you book the tickets in time you can go quite affordable airfare.

-You will feel a culture shock upon arrival, then you will notice if you like it or not, and if you like certainly become known elsewhere in Morocco, even on your own.

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

-It is a very safe city if certain basic precautions are taken. You will taste one of the best mint teas you can imagine in coffee Haffa. Walking at sunset by the boulevard, or Mexico street.You will feel the bustle of the souks experiences ..... and many more.

Do not forget ...
1. That if traveling in Ramadan, the month of daytime fasting, you'll find problems in services, but you will enjoy evening celebrations.
2. The best transport within the city is the petit taxi, three passengers. It set the price in advance.
3. Visit the Caves of Hercules, Cape Spartel, where the action of nature and human hands have eroded its stone.
4. If time permits, introduce yourself within this society through the hammam or communal bathroom.
5. If you want to see the world's largest exhibition of military miniatures, contact the Forbes Museum, the luxurious Palace Mendoub (Rue Shakespeare).
6. In Asilah on sunday there is a fair of donkeys. The edges of the roads in the country is so traveled by this noble animal.
7. For those who want to enjoy nature, Tangier has several campsites at different distances. The nearest is three kilometers.
8. There are beautiful gardens, like the Sultanate Palace in the Kasbah, or Mendoubia Gardens, next to the Grand Socco.
9. It worths, if one is not going to travel the rest of Morocco, getting close at least to visit the town of Tetouan and Chefchaouen.
10. In some streets maps appear with the old name and the modern, well, Rue de la Liberté also called El Houria.

 Travel to Tanger, with a 3-day stay, for just 75 € 

What to do

Visit the Medina of Tanger


You have to spend time in the Medina of Tanger: there's no better thing than get lost in it, strolling through the many stalls with all kinds of dates, nuts and spices.

The medina of Tangier is a small maze of alleyways, stairways and doors that hide surprises behind them.

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

You'll be amazed by the extraordinary cleaning of its Medina and flashy front doors, sometimes completely flattened, painted in different colors and murals. To make sure you have not got lost in a fairytale, it's better to go to eat, if you're lucky to get table, at crowded Bar García, which will take you back to reality. And much, much more, Tangier is always to discover.

At the top you'll find the Kasbah or fortress, where you have spectacular views of the harbor, the Great Mosque, the Spanish cathedral, the hills.

If the climb by foot to the kasbah of Tangier has made you tired and you do not want to waste time taking buses, you can follow the route on a petit-taxi.

Another activity you should not miss is to visit the Fondouk market, near the Rue de la Liberté. You must be careful not to pass the door, in whose interior, of black and  moist soil, we find all kinds of places, especially of fruit and vegetables, pleased by the freshness of huge baskets freshly picked mint. On the top floor of this market you'll find the Fondouk, full of beauty of traditional crafts and patient.

The gallery that runs along the Fondouk, completely open to light, is divided into small rooms also open to visitors, each provided with an ancient loom for making beautiful rugs and chilabas.

The fondouk is near the legendary Hotel El Minzah, just in case you need to cool off, enjoy a cocktail at the bar and then enjoy one of the best meals of the entire country. At sunset, when the sun begins to decline, it is not a bad idea to spread of traditional Moroccan contemplative art.

It's definitely the best time of day to let eyes wander around while one mint tea is savored at Café Hafa, consisting of stepped terraces that seem despeñarse from the hill to an abrupt sea between flowers and shrubs and, while it can be seen, you can hear the call to prayer. Or you can opt for the equally legendary Café de Paris on the Place de France, where customers, mostly men, spend hours watching the passing down the street.  I do not speak about nightlife, I just say that there is life until the wee hours of the morning.




The bay of Tanger

They are also great beaches to escape: the one of Cape Spartel, at west, and the one of Cape Malabata, east, bordering the splendid bay of Tangier. If one is determined to go to Cape Spartel, it will do by a vegetation bordered path between looming villas and some palaces, and you'll meet the vast, blinding white beach of Atlantic. You need to be very careful on the beaches of Briex and Atlantic in general because there are strong currents.

Walking through it, you could almost reach Asilah, a place that worths knowing, apart from its beautiful beach, for his artistic vocation. Not surprisingly, the month of August is dedicated to exhibitions and concerts. There, a curious exhibition of donkeys is celebrated every Sunday morning , a very common animal in Morocco.



Kasbah Museum of Tanger

Recently renvated, the imposing silhouette of Dar el Makhzen dominates the casbah of Tangier. This former governor's palace, built in the seventeenth century, stands around a splendid courtyard decorated with enamelled porcelains. The Museum of Moroccan Arts is located in the princely chambers, they do honor to its name with its painted wooden ceilings, sculpted plaster, mosaics ... Everything, there, invites admiration. All regions of Morocco have enclosed within these walls their best ambassadors. The north, with its ornate inlaid weapons, pottery utensils subtle motifs of flowers or feathers. Rabat, with its iridescent carpets and their characteristic central medallion ... The room of Fez is dazzling: reflections delicate silks, superbly bound books, calligraphed and illuminated, antique dishes combining the bolder colors, from golden yellow to the famous "Fez blue ". From the miniscule to the monumental, the Museum of Moroccan Arts is a universe of beauty. Dar el Makhzen, Square Kasbah. Address: in the palace Dar es-Shorfa. Closed on Tuesdays. Hours: 09:00 hrs. 13:00 hrs. Price 10 Dh. Tel: 0539 93 20 97.

Contemporary Art Museum of Tanger

Dedicated to Moroccan artists, it also offers interesting temporary exhibitions. The permanent collection includes works by Chabia Tallal, Fatimi Mohamed Hassani and HamidiCierra the Martes. Timetable: 09:00 hrs. 12:30 hrs. and 15:00 hrs. 18:30 hrs. Address: Rue The Masella, in the house of former British consulate. Price: 10 Dh.

American Legacy Museum

In an old palace given to the government of the United States of America Hall, there is this museum. It is an impressive three-storey palace built in the form of bridge over an alley of the medina. It has a collection of paintings by Moroccan artists and American foreign residents in Tangier, as well as an interesting collection of related objects history of the city. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Hours: 10:00 hrs. 13:00 hrs. and 15:00 hrs. 17:00 hrs. Address: Rue de Amerique, Petit Souk. Price: Free on schedule time, outside these hours call to arrange an appointment. Tel: 0539 93 53 17.

Delacroix Galery of Tanger

Instituto Cultural Francés de Tánger. Muestran exposiciones temporales de pinturaHorario: 10:00-13:00 y de 16:00 a 20:00 hrs. Dirección: 8, Rue de la Liberté. Precio: Gratis. Tel: 0539 93 21 34.

Exhibition Hall of Cervantes Institute of Tanger

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

Lorin Foundation of Tanger

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


History of Tanger


It is said that Tangier was founded by Antaeus (atlas), son of Neptune and Earth, giving it the name of his wife (tingo) or your daughter (tinga). Antaeus was killed by Hercules, son of Jupiter. His tomb is located on one of the hills surrounding the city, "charf hill".

About Tangier it is also said that, there, the "Garden of the Hesperides"  flourished, where its trees produced fruits of gold.

Another theory based the birth of Tangier to the inhabitants of Candan, Philistine village.

According to the facts, Tangier is listed as one of the most dynamic Phoenician cities. Founded by Phoenicians coming from Tyre, eminently town of traveler and trader. Tangier retains only two necropolises. One has been located on the hill of Marshan, facing the sea, the other in the kasbah.

Subsequently, the Carthaginians settled on Tangier, developing business, based on the exchange of products of the area, wool, hides, and gold, ivory and slaves, who the Berbers were taking from Sudan, accompanying caravans for iron and bronze tools, pottery, weapons and spices brought from Carthage (modern Tunisia).

In the early seventh century, another Arab army occupied North Africa led by Moussa Ben Nousair, reaching Tangier where he found great resistance from its inhabitants. He appointed governor of the city to become Berber, Jewish, Tarik Ben Ziad.

After the destruction of Carthage by the Romans, Morocco was conquered by the great power of Rome, becoming Roman province by Claudio emperor and Tangier elevated to the rank of administrative and military capital of Mauritania tingitana.

Tingis or Traducta Julia, as it was later called, met the apotheosis of roman civilization. Towns, cities, roads were built and became the depature point of products such as oil, wheat, and animal skins to Rome. A mid od V century the Roman Empire began its decline, dragging the colonies founded by them and Tangier was no exception.

Vandals seized Tangier, staying for a century, until it was again conquered by the Roman general Belisarius who landed with his army defeated the Vandals. Again they settled there but started the end of the Roman occupation of Tánger. In 683, Oqba Ben Nafi invaded Morocco, entering in Tangier.

In 711 it was Musa Ben Nusayr who, crossing the Straits, invaded the Iberian Peninsula and named the current Gibraltar (Gibel in Arabic means mountain). Similarly his lieutenant Tarif Ben Malek invaded the Spanish Atlantic coast and perpetuated his name at the current rate.

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

About this military it said it was a just man, skilled warrior who could govern intelligently, considered the first great ruler who ruled over the lands of Morocco. (1061-1106) The legend has said that his tomb is located under the shade of an ancient tree behind the Koutoubia Marrakesh city he founded.

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

It needs to be mentioned an explorer, writer and geographer known worldwide: Abu Mohamed Ben Abdellah Ibrahim El Luati The Tangi, known as Ben Batouta. Born in Tangier in 1283. Being contemporary of Marco Polo, his image and his fame was never overshadowed by this. Inveterate traveler,  he dedicated his life to the study of geography. Ibn Batouta died in 1377.

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 heavy defeat at Lusitano army.

In 1464, under the reign of Alfonso V, the Portuguese fleet commanded by Luis Méndez de Vasconcellos tried again. Finally on the 28 August 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 met a flourishing trade.In 1581, Portugal lost its independence and passes along with Tangier depend on the Spanish Crown. Following this, all Portuguese colonies gradually lost the character of malls becoming mere fortifications.

This situation continued until 1643, when Tangier, in times of Governor Rodrigo Silveira, went back to relying on the authority of Lisbon. Following this, Portugal regains its independence was proclaimed King John IV of Braganza dynasty.

The city of Tangier, with the aim to protect it from its enemies, was surrounded by a large walls, of which some remains today. Portugal, to secure their alliance with England, negotiates the wedding of Infanta Catherine of Braganza, daughter of the Queen Mother Louisa de Braganza, with King Carlos II. Tangier was going to be part of the dowry brought the Infanta to marriage.
King Charles II declared in Parliament: "The acquisition of Tangier should be regarded as a jewel of inestimable value to the British Crown."
Portugal, after 190 years of occupation, on 30 January 1662, being Governor Luis de Almeida, yielded the keys of the city to Sir Henry Moudaunt, II Count of Peterbourought, settling in the "Castle of the Portuguese" in the Kasbah.

The British occupation lasted only 22 years (1662-1684), but during that short time the city was consolidated as an important capital. The white marble statue of Diosa Vestae of 2 meters is the most important Roman vestiges discovered in Tangier. It was found out on 10 August 1935 in a property of Mr. Moises h. Azancot, in the largest souk.

Restaurants & Bars

Restaurant in Tanger


One of the best of Tangier and the most popular. Traditional Moroccan cuisine, fried fish and very good and fresh seafood. It is located at the Solazur espalada and Ramada hotels, has good service and value for money is very good. They do not sell alcohol. Residence Racha 2 Av. Oujda (nejma). Tanger. Tel: 039 946 963.


Restaurant specializing in seafood dishes. Short walk to the hotel Solazur. Good quality and reasonable prices. Sell alcohol. Good service, although sometimes they forget things and you have to ensure that they have understood your request.


Located next to the Medina, in a magnificent setting. At their tables can taste among other dishes of Moroccan cuisine the "pill" and the soup of "flour". The evenings are usually amenizarse Moroccan folk music. Best to go at night or rather later at midday, which is full of groups of day trips. The food is excellent. Sell alcohol and very bueno.Dirección service: Rue de la KasbaTeléfono: 0539 93-45-14.


Vietnamese food is the most authentic Asian restaurant Tangier. Be sure to order the spring rolls with hiebabuena and lettuce. Sell alcohol. Tél: 05 39 93 80 86 - 3. Rue The Boussairi. in the middle


Elegant restaruante frontline beach. Impeccable service table. Great variety of fresh seafood and a good wine list. . Tél 05 39 32 24 63 - 3 Av Mohammed VI. Boardwalk.


Restaruante with summer terrace on the seafront. Live music in the evenings. Mediterranean and international cuisine. Sell alcohol. . Tél 05 39 32 50 68 - Av Mohamed VI.


Pizza restaurant, located on the side of the palace Moulay Hafid, with a nice terrace where you can taste the delicious pizzas cooked in a wood oven. Do not forget to ask for spicy oil to flavor pizzas. Tél: 05 39 93 63 48 - (Palais Moulay Hafid) Merchan.

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