In the north of Morocco, on the coasts of Tangier where the Mediterranean and Atlantic waters converge, you’ll discover a unique city bearing a multicultural heritage.Stroll the streets of “the White” Tangier, they are lined with lime-coated houses. Just like Delacroix or Matisse did upon arrival, let yourself be carried away by the dreamy atmosphere that covers the city. At the foot of the high walls of the “Kasbah”, roam through the alleys of the great “Socco” and admire the fortress that dominates the medina. Further away, explore the “Sultan's Palace”, now dedicated to the arts of Morocco. Tangier is also renowned for the Spanish influence on its culture, starting with the arena that stands on the “Plaza de Torros”, not to mention the “Cervantes” theatre built in 1913.
The Kasbah Museum is a former palace with beautiful garden and Andalusian charm. It’s like stepping into another era. And the collection itself is testament to the cosmopolitan nature of Tangier ever since Phoenician times.
Tangier is the kingdom of beaches. Head to Cap Spartel for great walking, by a sea which has an incredible variation of blues whatever the season.
The garden of the Anglican church is a haven of peace next to Grand Socco.
The Kasbah dominates the Bay of Tangier and is still a magical and authentic place.
The Grand Socco goes by a few different names, but it is officially called Place du Grand 9 Avril 1947 after a famous speech given by King Mohammed V in support of Moroccan independence. This large open plaza in Tangier will most likely be a central marking point for anyone visiting.
The Faro Square has been for a long time the meeting place of friends and lovers in Tangier. In summer, this avenue is always full of people enjoying a breath-taking view of the port.
The Grand Socco is a must-see in Tangier. It’s a vast square full of cafés, street vendors, women of the Rif with their multicoloured clothes and big hats, craftsmen's shops, in short, a whole mix of smells and colours. Cross the large arcade and you will find yourself in the heart of the medina of Tangier.”
A concept store in a magnificent house, Las Chicas carries hundreds of objects and clothes that make for a comprehensive picture of contemporary Moroccan design.
Le Beau Bizarre is a tiny curiosity shop, African-style. It's a voyage to faraway lands with a unique collection of African objects in Tangier.
Rumi 1436 is a store that offers around a hundred different fragrances and organic candles in beautifully original packaging.
Have your morning coffee at El Morocco next to Bab El Kasbah market under a huge tree and make the most of the people-watching opportunities in this quietly busy neighbourhood. Come back for lunch or dinner to enjoy a fusion of Mediterranean, Oriental and Western cuisine.
Head to Le Salon Bleu for an incredible view over the Strait of Gibraltar and an excellent Saint-Pierre.
El Dorado serves amazing grilled meat kebabs and the local colour that For Bread Alone author Mohamed Chukri so loved.
Dar El Kasbah is every Tangier resident's Friday ritual, for chicken, beef and vegetables served with couscous of unrivaled lightness.
The Hotel Nord-Pinus is perfect for evening drinks watching the sun set over the sea.
In a beautiful townhouse in the Kasbah, Hammam de L’Abyssin is both traditional and refined, with all the classic beauty treatments that have been used in Morocco for generations, using the best quality black soap, khassoul, argan oil and prickly pear.
More and more spas are popping up in Tangier but the oldest is still the chicest. Serenity Day Spa offers an impressive treatment menu and an indoor swimming pool look out to the sea. There are superb views and steam rooms that looks like something out of 1001 Nights - and it's all women-only.
Mounir beach is a dream beach, and we love it. Lose yourself in the dunes and you'll feel like the only person left on earth, just 10km south of Asilah.