Things to do in Tangier, Morocco
5th November 2015
A short distance off the coast of Gibraltar lies Morocco, a country influenced by a fusion of Spanish, Portuguese, French and African cultures. This North African country has become a popular destination for tourists sailing on cruises in the Mediterranean and holds many surprises. The city of Tangier, along with Gibraltar, forms the western entrance to the Mediterranean.
Sailing out of Lisbon, Portugal, on board either the Royal Clipper or Star Flyer, the Spain & Morocco itinerary will take you on an exciting journey to this African paradise. This week, we take a closer look at what you can look forward to during a short visit to the Moroccan city of Tangier.
Tangier’s location on the north-west tip of Africa provides it with a stunning array of beaches – some of which face out towards the Atlantic, whilst others feature clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. Many of the beaches here are formed up long stretches of golden sand as far as the eye can see. If you’d prefer something a little quieter, however, then journey a few miles to the west, where you will find the Plage di Sidi Kacem, an idyllic beach location filled with charming locals visiting the surrounding bistros and lounges.
Dig deep in Tangier and you will find a collection of galleries and exhibition centres that hold many beautiful works of art. The 21st-century culture of Tangier is one of style and culture – and this soon becomes apparent upon visiting a café. Here, you can sample a delicious mint tea or strong coffee whilst admiring the interior design that decorates the walls. If you arrive early enough in the morning, be sure to visit the souk (marketplace), where the delightful smells that fill the air will delight your senses. Upon your visit to the souk, be sure to see the Rif mountain women, who wear colourful dresses as they sell their produce along the walls of St. Andrew’s Church.
Strongly fortified walls protect entry to the Kasbah, otherwise known as a fortress. These ancient fortifications provide insight into the history of this Moroccan town, whilst the museum will take you on an insightful and visual journey of Morocco’s past. The former Sultan’s palace contains a series of artefacts dating back to Phoenician times, but there is also a peaceful garden where you can relax and comprehend the history for yourself. Outside of these walls lies the medina, which can be entered via the Grand Socco gate – where you’ll also find the old Jewish quarter.
After a quick tour of the history of Tangier, you can experience the vibrant colour in the hustle and bustle of the markets and souks. Walk through a stunning array of spices, foods, textiles, copper-wares and fine crafts. Within these stalls, you will also find traditionally woven Amazigh rugs and, despite their size, they can be packed up for you to take back onto your Star Clippers tall ship.
The five night Spain & Morocco cruise departs from Lisbon on Monday 25th April 2016 before docking in Portimao (Portugal), Tangier, Gibraltar, Motril (Spain), and Malaga. Star Clippers operate an extensive range of cruises in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean, enabling you to travel to such destinations as the Balearic Islands, the French coast, Greece and Croatia.