Tangier (Morocco)

Tangier Travel Guide and Trip Resources


José Sáez

City of spies and other shady characters

Tangier is a city at the tip of Morocco, facing the Strait of Gibraltar
2500 years of history featuring Roman, European and Arab influences
A lovely city with a great seaside, historical medina and casbah - it really seems to have a draw on visitors

Tangier sits there, right at the tip of Morrocco that can almost touch Spain on the opposite of the Strait of Gibraltar. One of those places where you just know that if nothing else, at the merit of its location it must have some kind of fascinating history. And Tangier does not disappoint in that respect, as you will be hard pressed to find a city that has seen more cultures roam its soil than in this 2500 year old town. Initially founded by Phoenicians, in its history it came to be ruled by the Romans, Arabs, Vandals, Byzantines, Portuguese and Spanish. Told you its a long list.

That is all pretty cool stuff, but maybe even more interesting is the anecdote that in the pre-war era, Tangier was a city that was favored by many a European diplomat, colorful writer, businessman and tons of other shady characters. Perhaps because of its location, Tangier attracted smugglers, spies, arms dealers and the like who found in Tangier a place where they felt right at home.

For many years in the post-war era, not much seemed to be happening in Tangier, but in more recent years the city, spurred on by the king, seems to have rediscovered its magnificent location and historical ambiance and is once again both pulling in tourists and businessmen by the numbers (no spies as far as we are aware). Our favorite part of the city is the magnificent seaside promenade at the Avenue Mohamed VI, while if you head inwards the medina - quite a peaceful place compared to some of the others in this country - is a great place to get lost in. The small square of Zoco Chico in the medina is charming and has some cool cafes, while the central square of Grand Socco is much larger and feels much like the center of the city.

Above that all sits the Kasbah, a place to hit up for souvenirs and good views over the rest of the old town. At last, a special mention needs to be made for the American Legation, the only US national landmark found anywhere abroad. It's much like all the other stuff we have described here - fascinating. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Tangier is a city in Morocco's region of Tanger. It has a population of 850,000, is situated at an altitude of 161ft and the best airport to fly into is TNG (Boukhalef, Tangier)
  • The main spoken language here is (Moroccan) Arabic, and the average English skill is low
  • The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (MAD)

Tangier Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
61 63 64 66 72 77 82 84 82 75 68 63

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
4.1 3.9 2.8 2.4 1.5 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.6 2.6 5.3 5.1

More Tangier travel resources

The absolute best best best guide we came across was this one at Lonely Planet, Wikitravel or the really useful Vagrants of the world. Hope they help.


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