Tangier Holidays Guide

holiday to Tangier, unlike any other Moroccan city, can be an intense introduction to Morocco. Hardly authentically Moroccan, nor European nor even African, it is a heady mix of all three: a city with an age-old role as a meeting point of Europe and Africa.

Famous as a resort for the millionaire jet set and an eclectic community of artists, exiles, beatnik and prostitutes, Tangier has lost some of its raffish reputation but there is cultural and touristic renaissance again rumbling through the “City of Dreams”. You will discover a vibrant culture, lively streets and a highly individual city with an enduring eccentricity, which is precisely why Tangier is still appealing.

Tangier Holidays: Flights

Tangier is easily accessible from the UK, only three hours away by plane from London. Royal Air Maroc operates scheduled direct flights to Tangier from London Heathrow, connecting through Morocco’s aviation hub at Casablanca.

Tangier Holidays: What to See

Tangier is not a city to shoot through quickly, this is a place that takes some getting to know. Take your time to stroll, not sightsee, and you will be rewarded in spades. Start off at the Grand Socco (the main square), lined with cafes where the smell of mint tea wafts through the air. Then drift with the crowds through the labyrinth of the Medina and the Petit Socco, where the artistic spirit that has long captivated writers and artists, from Matisse to Burroughs, long lives on. To savour modern Tangier, descend on the Ville Nouvelle to discover a bustling cosmopolitan city where a long cornice hugs a safe, sandy beach. To finish off the day, head to Café Hafa, up on the cliff west of the Medina facing the Strait, to join the locals for a mint tea and unforgettable sunset views.

For more sights and activities in Tangier, see our Tangier Sights section.

Tangier Holidays: Where to Stay

Tangier has dozens of sleeping options to cater for all budgets and styles, spanning the ultra cheap pensions at the port to the chic hotels along the seafront. See our reviews of Tangier Hotels, categorised in three sections: Sea Front, Ville Nouvelle and Medina.

For a more authentic experience try Tangier riads, traditional guesthouses tucked away in narrow streets of the Medina. They offer a friendly atmosphere and superior personal service, not to forget the great views over the Medina and the Bay of Tangier from the roof-top terraces.