Tangier Travel Guide
Tangier can be an intense introduction to Morocco: the town has a culture distinct from any other Moroccan city. Hardly truly Moroccan, nor European, nor even African, Tangier is a heady mix of all three. This is precisely why it is appealing, it defies categorisation!
Indeed, Tangier’s charms might not be instantly obvious to first-time visitors. This is a city that takes some getting to know, but rewards in spades those who take the time to look behind its doors. You will discover a vibrant culture, a lively street life and a mystique steeped in the city’s colourful past.
Getting There: Flights and Ferry to Tangier
Tangier’s Boukhalef Airport is 15 km outside the city. There are no direct flights to Tangier from the UK, but a number of connecting flights through Casablanca are operated by Royal Air Maroc from London Heathrow. Further connecting options are available through France and Spain, which have a larger range of flights. Check cheap flights to tangier for flights operated by low cost carriers from Spain and France.
There are a number of ferry routes from Tangier to Spanish and French ports. The most popular ferry crossing is the Algeciras Tanger route, every 90 minutes. There are also less frequent services to Tarifa and Malaga (Spain), Gibraltar and Séte (France). More information at our Tanger Ferry Guide.
Sights and Activities: Tangier Attractions
Tangier is a place to stroll in, no sight-see – the attraction and the spirit of Tangier lies in the absorbing café life, afternoon rides along the beach and the tumbling streets of the Medina. The handful of monuments, at the exception of the Sultan’s Palace, will no more than add direction to your wanderings.
To enjoy your stay in Tangier, you have to settle in and orient yourself to its intimate topography – you will discover a tranquil, ambient and meditative city with a languid friendliness and discreet charm.
Discover the attractions of the “White City” in our Tangier Sights guide.
Accommodation: Hotels in Tangier
Tangier has dozens of hotels and pensions, so it shouldn’t be much of a problem finding a room. However, the city does get crowded in July and August when many Moroccans holiday in here or spend a few days en route to and from Europe. During these two months, make sure you book your Hotel in Tangier in advance to ascertain availability.