5 good reasons to go to Tangier
To see / do
Culture and history
The heart of Tangier
You can’t come to Tangier without visiting the medina. There’s an authentic Moroccan atmosphere in this old part of the city with its pretty blue and white houses. Whilst you’re in the medina, make sure you visit the Terrasse des Paresseux for its wonderful views, the Gran Teatro Cervantes theatre, the Plaza de Toros bullring and more.
The lofty heights of the kasbah
Admire the city walls separating the kasbah from the medina. There are lots of historical buildings worth seeing within the city walls. The Kasbah Museum in the Dar el-Makhzen Palace reveals the fascinating history of Tangier and Morocco. Continue to climb a little further for an unrivalled view over the city and ocean.
Perdicaris Park is an attractive woodland area not far from the city centre that takes its name from its former owner. Ion Perdicarus created lots of little footpaths throughout the park so that his ill wife could enjoy walking around the forest. Today, visitors can walk along those very pathways and explore the park’s nooks and crannies, just like she did. You can also enjoy panoramic views of the sea.
Take a seat in Café Hafa
Café Hafa is an iconic cliff-top café that first opened back in 1921. In 2015, it was designated a national heritage site. The café terrace provides a fantastic panoramic view of the Bay of Tangier. It's easy to see why stars and tourists alike fall in love with this café! It’s worth knowing that the café’s mint tea is its speciality.
Tangier’s Grand Socco
When you come to Tangier, you must visit the Grand Souk or Grand Socco. It’s in the medina, right in the heart of the city. For soaking up the authentic Moroccan atmosphere or for a spot of shopping, it doesn’t get much better than this! Find your favourite craftsman or stall, discover a world of spices, leather goods, fabrics, ornaments and more. The souk has everything you can imagine!
North African pie
One of Morocco’s traditional dishes is called pastilla, which is a pie made with flaky pastry similar to filo. The pie is filled with egg, onion, coriander, spices, almonds and meat. In Tangier, pastilla is usually made with squab pigeon. It’s a Moroccan classic that combines crispy pastry with a melt-in-the-mouth filling.
Chebakia, a Moroccan sweet treat
Chebakia is very popular during Ramadan, but you’ll still see it in patisserie windows throughout the year. Chebakia will awaken your taste buds with a whole host of fabulous flavours: cinnamon, saffron, aniseed and more. A chebakia biscuit looks like a rose crossed with a spiral. Once the biscuits have been fried, they’re dipped in a mixture of honey, sesame seeds and orange blossom.
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