Tangier is a city in northern Morocco, considered the Moroccan capital of the Strait of Gibraltar and gateway to the African continent. It is a huge city with about 800,000 inhabitants and is undergoing modernization to adapt to the transformation that the country is suffering, improving infrastructure and services for both locals and tourists.
It is the second economic center of the country after Casablanca and ahead of the capital Rabat. One of the reasons for this economic potential is the proximity to Europe, its large commercial port Tangier Med , the free zone free port and a diversified and constantly evolving industry.
Getting to Tangier
The vast majority of tourist traffic arriving at Tangier does through its two ports. The Port of Tangier Ville is in the city of Tangier and only has connections with the port of Tarifa. The companies FRS and Intershiping makes that route with departures every day. From Tanger Ville to the Medina there is a walk that can be done on foot or take a taxi at the port.
The Port of Tangier Med is concentrating most ferries connecting with Spain. It is about 45 kilometers from the city, and to get to the city you can take a taxi, a train or a bus.
If you get to Morocco by the Port of Ceuta, drive to Tangier, once the border is an hour along the coast road. Another option is the inland road, which passes through Tetuan and take the opportunity to know the city. In this alternative route the trip takes about an hour and a half.
Tangier is a city of great tourist interest. Many visit it for a few days and meet Moroccan culture and other but are just passing through to other destinations, taking advantage of the visit to enjoy its attractions, its cuisine and its shops.
As a point of interest you should not miss its Medina, surrounded by walls of Portuguese origin with huge towers and thirteen doors. Within the Medina highlight:
The Grand Zoco
An ancient rural home market, today called Square April 9, which is the nerve center of Tangier. The square is surrounded by shops and craft stalls and chairs the Sidi Bou Abid mosque. Also worth Menddub admire the Palace with sumptuous gardens.
The Zoco Chico
It is a place full of small cafes and houses. One of the streets leading to the square, the street of the Mouahidine, is the main area to buy handicrafts.
The Great Mosque
South of Zoco Chico, is an impressive building occupied by the different civilizations throughout history.
With the best views of the city, beautiful gardens and courtyards and home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts and the Archaeological Museum.
Outside the Medina
Highlights the colonial neighborhood or widening, which is the area that was built in the early twentieth century with Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings. They have interest in this area Café de Paris in the Plaza de Francia, where many intellectuals gathered; Square Faro, perfect place for pictures with the sea as a backdrop; and Avenue Pasteur, which is a commercial and lively area.
District of San Francisco
Tanger houses the Cathedral, the historic Hotel de France, the Mosque of Mohamed V and the Shrine of Sidi Bou Arraquia, the pattern of Tangier.
It is the most luxurious area of the city where the best palaces in the city are. Of interest are the Royal Palace and the Museum Dar El Mandoub or Forbes Museum with an excellent collection of lead soldiers to relive the greatest battles in history.
Shopping in Tangier
Inside the Medina of Tangier there are many bazaars and shops where you buy everything. One of the most commercial streets is the street of the Mouahidine, which flows into the Zoco Chico. There is also a craft center near the Plaza de Francia, where you can watch craftsmen work.
Let yourself go and looking for a souvenir of your visit. Do not forget to haggle and do not buy in the first place you see. You should compare prices.
What can you buy? Because of all leather products such as bags, slippers or jackets; jewelry and accessories with semiprecious jewelry; furniture craftsmen; decorative items such as raffia rugs, lamps or natural stone carved sculptures; utensils such as bowls, plates, exotic teapots or cups of tea colors; textiles as chilabas, handkerchiefs or kaftans; spices of all kinds; and cosmetic and herbal products such as argan oil, henna, makeup or soaps.