Exploring Tangier in Morocco

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Exploring Tangier in Morocco

One of the best vacation spots in Africa is Tangier in Morocco. Most travelers to this destination have had a grand time bargain-hunting for Moroccan gold and mineral stones.

From Marbella, Spain, Macrine you can easily travel to Tangier, Morocco, North Africa. Morocco is located only 14 kilometers away from this town in Spain. During the travel, you see the mountains at the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar and a fast ferry to Tangier takes only 35 minutes of smooth ferry ride.

On arriving in Morocco, you can take a bus drove to the port of the old town. The old town is surprisingly similar to a lot of old towns in the Andalucian cities in Spain. At the entrance there is an old arc, after which we found a labyrinth of small streets, small houses, ancient buildings, a castle and small typical shops. Most of the shops appear to be there for tourists only. The shop owners are not too shy to sell you all their merchandise on the streets, of course for “a very special price” (which drops rapidly if you don’t show any interest).

Walking on the narrow cobblestone streets of the Medina (Old Town) in Tangier was not easy. Street peddlers hustle you all day. They sell all kinds of trinkets that will challenge even an experienced bargain hunter like me.

Macrine on the other hand is not a bargain hunter or haggler. Her best purchase was what they called the “Moroccan Gold”. It is the most expensive spice in the world. It is saffron. The powder looks light reddish brown, but when you add water it turns yellow, just like the color of tumeric, another spice. You need only a very small amount for cooking paella and other Spanish or Filipino dishes like the ginat-an na manok sa gata (chicken in coconut milk) or Marinduque-one of my favorite Filipino dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tangier

What are 3 things Tangier is known for?

Tangier is known for its rich history as a gateway between Europe and Africa, its vibrant art and culture scene, and its stunning beaches and coastline.

Is Tangier safe to visit?

Overall, Tangier is considered a safe destination for travelers. However, like any city, it's important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings. It's recommended to stay in well-lit areas, avoid walking alone at night, and keep your valuables out of sight.

How many days is enough for Tangier?

It depends on what you want to see and do in Tangier. If you're short on time, a day trip is possible, but if you want to explore the city and nearby areas, plan for at least two to three days.

Is a day trip to Tangier worth it?

Yes, a day trip to Tangier is worth it if you want to experience the culture and history of Morocco. You can see the highlights of the city, including the medina, Kasbah Museum, and the famous Grand Socco square.

What should I wear in Tangier?

Tangier is a predominantly Muslim city, so it's recommended to dress modestly. Women should cover their shoulders and knees, and men should avoid wearing shorts in public. It's also a good idea to bring comfortable shoes for walking on the cobblestone streets.

Is English spoken in Tangier?

Yes, English is widely spoken in Tangier, especially in tourist areas. However, learning a few basic phrases in Arabic or French can go a long way in making connections with locals.

What is Tangier famously known for?

Tangier is famously known for its strategic location at the entrance to the Mediterranean, its history as an international zone, and its artistic and literary heritage. The city has inspired writers and artists such as William Burroughs, Paul Bowles, and Henri Matisse.

Can you wear shorts in Tangier?

While it's not illegal to wear shorts in Tangier, it's generally not considered appropriate attire for public areas. It's recommended to wear long pants or skirts that cover the knees.

What is the best month to visit Morocco?

The best time to visit Morocco is in the spring (March to May) or the fall (September to November). The weather is mild and comfortable, and there are fewer tourists than in the peak summer months.

Can you see Spain from Tangier?

Yes, on a clear day, you can see the coast of Spain from Tangier. The distance between the two countries is only 14 kilometers, and there are ferry services that connect the two sides of the Strait of Gibraltar.

How do you get around in Tangier?

Tangier is a walkable city, and many of the main attractions are located within walking distance of each other. However, if you need to travel further, there are taxis and buses available. Taxis are inexpensive and can be hailed from the street, but it's important to negotiate the fare before getting in. Buses are also available and are a cheap way to get around, but they can be crowded and confusing.

Tangier is a fascinating destination that offers a unique blend of culture, history, and natural beauty. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's rich past, relaxing on the beach, or experiencing the vibrant art and culture scene, there's something for everyone in Tangier. With the information provided in this FAQ, you should have a good idea of what to expect when planning your trip to Tangier. Enjoy your travels!

Tia Szymansky
Tia Szymansky

Having Spent 8 Years Travelling, I have decided to Live in Africa for the past 2 years. Love every moment of it and sharing my best guides and tips if you plan on travelling here. Africa is always oversighted due to media and I believe with my blog, I can help revive the African Travel and Tourism Industry and invite you all here for a fantastic time :)

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