I arrived in Tangier in the early afternoon, after to visit the medina of Tetouan all morning a sunny day. It was the last stop of my Northern Morocco script; and had only a few hours to explore the city.
No delays or plans, and after landing the backpack in the superlative Palais Zahia, where I stayed, I went to explore the medina of Tangier. He only knew that he had to go up to kasbah and ... I was walking through the medina.
Arrived there, I crossed the Bab Al Bahr door, I stood for a moment admiring the port of Tangier and followed the escarpment towards the Cafe Hafa. In between, I found a Phenicia necropolis whose existence I did not know. As soon as I arrived at the cafe, it was clear that it was a long time before I could witness the mythical sunset, so I sat down to have mint tea with no intention other than to rest, watch and enjoy the scenery.
On my return to the new city, I did not stop at the mythical Librairie des Colonnes or at the eclectic Gran Café de Paris, two of the most emblematic dwellings among the intellectuals who, over time, passed through Tangiers. But I went down to Grand Socco Square, where the curious pink minaret of the centuries-old Sidi Bou Abib Mosque can be seen; I entered the Central Market of Tangiers; I visited Faro Square with its cannons; I walked down Rua de Portugal and returned to the medina, to go again pointing the mental GPS towards the hotel, where I came zigzagging through the labyrinth of alleys.
Unbeknownst to him, dusk had taken hold of the skies of Tangier. Within a few hours, in the middle of the night, I would fly to Portugal. It had been a visit too short, but it was still worth it.
More photos of Tangier
Map: Things to Do in Tangier
How to get to Tangier
Tangier is just over an hour by plane from Lisbon, and it is not very difficult to find cheap flights between Portugal and Tangier. TAP has direct connections between Lisbon and Tangier.
Where to stay
I stayed in the amazing Palais Zahia (a bit too luxurious for what I am accustomed to), a super comfortable hotel with an unbeatable location. The same applies to the elegant Dar Chams Tanja, in the same price range. If you can afford it, these are two hotels that are absolutely recommended.
If you are looking for less luxurious hotels, I salute the excellent value for money of the beautiful Dar Yasmine, I bed & breakfast Tanger Chez Habitant and the extraordinary Dar Nakhla was born. And still the most economical Dar Sami: Riad Avec Vue e Vacation Specials. For other hotels in Tangier, search using the link below.
A World Nomads offers one of the best and most complete travel insurance recommended by National Geographic and Lonely Planet. Other excellent and cheaper option is IATI Seguros, which has no age limit and allows multivariate insurance (including long-term travel) to any destination in the world. It's the insurance I use in my travels.
I traveled with the support of Morocco Tourism.