The meeting point between Europe and Africa, Tangier has in the past century attracted musicians, writers, artists, hippies, eccentrics and spies. Today it is a major centre for tourism which still has echoes of its 19th and 20th century quirkiness and the far-reaching local Moroccan history and culture. We recommend exploring the Grand Socco (main market), the labyrinthine old town and the Kasbah before moving onto the beautiful coastline and the Caves of Hercules, or venturing further afield on a day trip to Chefchaouen.

WHERE TO STAY

> LA TANGERINA

Perfectly situated in the heart of the kasbah in Tangiers, this riad also boasts stunning, panoramic views across the straits of Gibraltar from its beautiful roof terrace. We love La Tangerina not only for its location but also for its charming attention to detail: from the vintage radios to the flowers and candles to the excellent service. Peaceful, intimate and full of character – and with a warm welcome too. Prices for a double room start from £50.

> LA MAISON BLANCHE

Also hidden away in the historic kasbah, high over the port, is the beautifully restored hotel La Maison Blanche. Offering its guests comfort and elegance set in traditional and exquisite Moroccan décor, it manages to be both cosy in winter and cool in summer – and always welcoming. Enjoy the wide views of the sea and the city from the roof terrace and relax after a day of exploring the historic medina in the galleried mezzanine. Prices for a double room start at £75.

WHAT TO DO

> MEDINA WALKING TOUR

Our medina tour will give you a taste of Moroccan life in historic Tangiers as you wander through the narrow streets lined with colourful doors, ancient and modern. Drop into ceramic workshops, pass through the Bab Bhar (the sea gate) and soak up the coastal atmosphere and views. The Kasbah Museum of Antiquities, housed in the 17th century Sultan’s Palace, Dar el Makhzen is also worth a visit. And take in the Bab el Assa gate, painted by Matisse, before you follow the streets down to the markets. Don’t forget to stop for mint tea!

TANGIER

Altitude : 43m (average)
Best time to visit : all year round
Population : 974,000
Temperature range : 10-28°C
Infrastructure : old medina riads
Environment : coastal, old town
Journey Time : 4 hrs from Fez

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