Review of Villa Josephine Tangier, Morocco

Located in a quiet residential area outside Tangier town centre and a ten minute drive from the Grand Socco and Kasbah, this very exclusive 19th century villa remains one of the most spectacular and prestigious properties in the ‘vieille montagne’ era.

Originally built by Walter Harris, the famous Times journalist, Villa Josephine was inhabited by the Duke of Tovar, Spanish grandee and patron of Tangier, and was the final summer residence of the famous Glaoui family of Marrakech. With superb views across the strait of Gibraltar from its terrace, it gives visitors today a flavour of the French Riviera with an African twist.

Villa Josephine offers eleven rooms and suites equal to the best Europe can offer: French-style service, an elegant table on a hydrangea-filled veranda overlooking Malcolm Forbes’s former palace and a swimming pool in the middle of a tropical garden.

Villa Josephine, at Sidi Mesmoudi on the route to la Vielle Montagne just ten minutes from the Grand Socco and the Kasbah, is open all year around.