Day trip to Tangiers, Morocco
Aziz will meet you off the 40 minute ferry crossing in his air-conditioned mini-bus. He’ll then escort you to the souk, the ancient ‘weavers’ market’ and wherever else you choose. You’ll even have the opportunity to ride a camel! Lunch at a fantastic local Moroccan fish restaurant. Aziz is the best guide in Tangiers and gets booked up months in advance, so please give us as much notice as possible.
PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR PRICE FOR GUIDE AND RETURN FERRY TICKET
Ferry tickets to Tangiers are purchased separately, see www.frs.es to book ferry tickets from the Tarifa Port.
Tarifa – Tangiers
Timetable – please do not rely on this timetable, check with FRS for an accurate timetable, this should be used as a guide only.
Depart 9:00 – Arrives 9:00
Depart 13:00 – Arrives 13:00
Depart 17:00 – Arrives 17:00
Tangiers – Tarifa
Depart 10:30 – Arrives 12:30
Depart 14:30 – Arrives 16:30
Depart 18:30 – Arrives 17:00
The ferry takes 35 minutes and on board you will be able to buy duty free items.
What you need
You will need a passport valid for at least 6 months, no visa is required for E.U. citizens if staying no longer than 3 months.
You will need to fill in 2 immigration forms.
Guide to Tangiers
Inhabited by different races and religions for over 2,500 years, Tangier is a cosmopolitan city with an ancient history. Escape the hustle and bustle of its busy commercial centre to find the remnants of its glamorous past in its new, fashionable Mediterranean resort.
Where to Stay
HOTEL CONTINENTAL, Rue Dar El Baroud(00 212 3 9931 024)
Once the grandest hotel in the area, it is now a bit tatty around the edges but still very atmospheric. The hotel provided the location for some of the scenes in the film The Sheltering Sky.
HOTEL EL MINZAH, Rue de la Liberté(00 212 3 9935 885)
The grandest hotel in the city with a lovely Moorish courtyard. Its five star status means it has all the amenities you would expect, including a swimming pool and golf facilities near by.
Avenue d’Espagne(00 212 3 9941 766)
Don’t be put off by the unpromising exterior: though ageing, the hotel’s interior boasts true four-star James Bond glamour. A 1950s-style bar and a pool sunk into the rock are some of the hotel’s stylish attractions.
CLUB LES MIRAGES (00 212 3 9333 332)
The Club Les Mirages is set up on a hill overlooking the bay and the town. Open from April to November.
Charming Guesthouse with ten bedrooms, traditional decoration chosen from Tangiers souks. Each room is decorated in a unique style reflecting the different moods of Tangiers. Memorable is the breakfast on the roof terrace.
Where to Eat
RESTAURANT POPULAIRE SAVEUR SPECIALITES EN POISSONS
Found at the bottom of the steps from the rue de Liberté. A favourite with locals, there are only four tables and no menu – you eat what is served, but it’s usually worth writing home about.RESTAURANT HAMADI
Rue d’Italie (00 212 9 934 514). A classic Moroccan restaurant, which inspired London’s trendy new ones. A band of six septuagenarians who have been together since 1952 perform an unforgettable nightly cabaret.
The restaurant at Hotel El Minzah is a self-indulgent treat, serving Moroccan food that you have to fork out for.
Behind the stadium. Established in 1921 and a favourite haunt of Paul Bowles, it was where all the colourful characters came who passed through Tangier, notably the Rolling Stones. It has stunning views of over the Straits of Gibraltar.
What to See
The Kasbah contains some beautiful palaces, including the Sultan’s palace, Dar el-Makhzen, now a museum and Sidi Hosni palace, which once belonged to Barbara Hutton.
Tangier, full of hills and vantage points, is best discovered on foot.
Tangier is a city of sensations rather than buildings and monuments; one can move rapidly from one neighbourhood to another, from steep little streets to the wide, bustling boulevards, from the beach to the fishing port, from the wooded hills to the famous cafés. The diversity of the surroundings seduces visitors as they stroll through the city, between the smells of the open sea – which is omnipresent – and the local art of taking one’s time.
If we had to choose a few must-see highlights it would be Cap Spartel and its beaches, Café Hafa and the Phoenician Graves, Terrasse des Paresseux, the American Legation, the Kasbah Museum and Bab el Assa, the Mendoubia Gardens and the Grand Socco, Asilah, Cap Malabata, the fishing port, the seafront, the Colline du Charf and a stroll at Perdicaris… However, your travels will also take you to lesser known places that will become your own magical spots. Tangier, currently experiencing a spectacular revival, is an ever-changing city which energetically breathes new life into its urban myths.
Whether you are hunting for cheap clothing in the city, in the famous Kasserias or for fabrics woven before your eyes in a large caravanserai, whether you love oriental and European antiques charmingly reminiscent of the sixties or prefer the fa mous perfumes and essential oils, whether you are a fan of up-and-coming Moroccan painters or are quite simply addicted to great food – the vegetables and seafood here are so delicious – Tangier will offer you many occasions to “give in to temptation” as you stroll around the city. Here, shopping is everywhere… at any time of the day or night.
Perfumeri Madini, 14 rue Sebou (00 212 9 934 388). Its essential oils are a key attraction, but Mr Madini is said to be able to copy any scent in the world.
The tourist office is at 42 bd Pasteur (00 212 9 938239).
When to Go
The best times to visit Tangier are spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October). Summers can be eternally hot. Winters can be very chilly, wet and cloudy.