by Bhoomi Shah Updated on 16 Oct 2018
Tangier is a beautiful and old city which is divided into two parts - Medina, the old walled city, and Ville nouvelle, the modern new part of the town. The place serves each flavour of the pie including mystery, great history, mesmerizing views and pristine beaches. The city is a mixture of African and European culture.
Let's explore the best things to do in Tangier:
1. Tangier American Legation Museum
One of the must-see places in Tangier is this American Legation Museum. It represents the first American real estate in the foreign country. There, you will find the letter of thanks by Sir George Washington to Sultan Moulay Suleyman. The building of this museum has five stories which are uniquely impressive and elegant. The museum is full of paintings that show the past life of Tangier, through the eyes of artists. Also, you may find a bookstore nearby with a good supply of stock.
2. See the Tumbas Fenicias
Heading towards the west from the Kasbah, you can have a sight of several ancient Phoenician rock tombs – on one cliff. It is a thing to see as these tombs are some rectangular holes in this big rock. The better part is the mesmerizing view that you are accompanied with. This incredible view of the harbor and the city across the Mediterranean is splendid.
3. Go shopping!
The shopaholics must know all the best places to shop, wherever they go! If not, then ‘city mall’ is the perfect spot for you! You will find many of the international brands and the local brands too. The third floor of the mall serves as the entertainment park including theater or cinema. The mall is surrounded by many restaurants and good cafes to enjoy different cuisines.
4. A walk through Ville Nouvelle
Westwards and Southwards from the Tangier Medina is the Ville Nouvelle. The layout and architecture of this place are mostly is of Spanish origin. This European-built part of the city reflects the significant Spanish population. You can take in the city’s life with nice cafés near the central meeting point which is a square called ‘the Grand Socco.’ You may also visit the Mendoubia Gardens where you can marvel at the great fig and dragon trees.
5. Visit the Sultan’s Palace
One of the most impressive and favorite spots in Tangier is the Tangier Kasbah. Sultan had once lived in this palace. Firstly, at the opening of the gate, you see a vast courtyard. This courtyard leads to Dar el-Makhzem Palace and the modern Kasbah Museum. The thing that fascinates the most is the intricate Moroccan craft work on carved ceilings and marble courtyard. The palace dates back from the 17th century.
6. Go to Musee de la Kasbah
The place is eye-catchy is constructed to resemble the old riad. The colorful tiles and the wooden crafts give quite an authentic taste to the site. There you will find a significant number of exhibits which outlines the history and art of Morocco as well as the findings from Roman sits as an antique collection. The thing you can’t afford to miss is the room in the main courtyard with mosaics.
7. Visit the St. Andrew Church
If having some more time left in Tangier, you must visit the St. Andrew Church and take an excellent tour of it. There you may learn something interesting about the history of the church. It is a way of pleasure to know about the Christian, Islamic and Jewish touches of the church. A visit to this church is worthwhile.
8. Have Fun at Tangier Beach
Enough of sightseeing asks for some leisure in return. You can visit this exotic beach and relax for the whole day, carrying with yourself a picnic basket to meet the enjoyment to an extreme. Further, you can enjoy the clean sand and clear waters of the sea. You can also take a camel or horse ride, with an inflatable water park for kids.
9. Parc Perdicaris for nature lovers
For a nature lover, this is the best place to visit in Tangier. The beautiful trees catch every eyesight. The location is clean, and there are no safety issues as the maps are drawn clearly. The park is quite suitable for families, especially those who like walking or running in such mesmerizing surrounding. The maps offer various routes, and you can choose to stay near picnic tables.
10. Enjoy the Views from Cap Spartel
One of the best tourist’s places in Tangier is to see the Cap Spartel lighthouse. Luckily if you find yourself there on a bright day, then you may get to see the point where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. The view is marvelous and treats you with striking picturesque.
11. Visit the Caves of Hercules
A primary visiting site in Tangier is the Caves of Hercules. It is not only a beautiful place which serves to your eyes but is also rich in history. The caves are renewed and so look amazing. Also, the view of the sea from the cave opening is stunning.
12. Feel the ancient times in Medina
The old part of the city, Medina, is one big maze of old narrow streets and numerous buildings. It is a dramatic scene where the doors of the homes open into the street. Tangier happens to be one of the first African cities that fell under European influence. This visit to Medina will let you escape into the varieties of Colonial, Moroccan, Andalusian, and Moorish architecture is packed together.
13. Walk along the La Terrasse des Paresseux
It is momentary to walk around Boulevard Pasteur - the French remote part of the city. On a clear day, you may get to see the full view of the port and can even see Gibraltar and Spain. There you should also visit the world famous Madani perfumer and buy some of it or the scented soaps.
14. Enjoy beach activities
Tangier is full of beautiful sites to visit. It’s filled with ancient sites and buildings, long walks through the old mysterious places, beautiful parks, and gardens. Further to this, Tangier beaches provide with water sports and activities. You can go surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing. Also, you try scuba diving or snorkeling. Whatever you hit onto, it will be a memorable experience!
15. Have a Day Trip from Tangier
If you are staying at Tangier for a couple of days, then take a day out to Asilah and enjoy the cool breeze of the beach. This one is the most visited cities in Morocco. This escape to natural beauty is endless. The best part about the place is its cleanliness alike other dirty beaches.