Tangier, this city located in the north of Morocco, in the vicinity of the Strait of Gibraltar. Bathed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, it is the capital of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region.
For part of the 20th century, it was an international protectorate called the Tangier International Zone, until its subsequent incorporation into independent Morocco.
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The streets of Tangier, its hotels and its cafes can boast of having seen Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet among others. Its palaces also saw the crazy parties of Barbara Hutton or Malcolm Forbes. Its light inspired Matisse and its mystery inspired Paul Bowles. For all of them, a trip to Tangier was a unique experience and the white city still knows how to charm and enchant geniuses and artists.
What to see in Tangier
Walking along the Rue des Siaghins, we came to a Catholic church. By the way, Siaghins means silversmiths and refers to the activity formerly dedicated to its merchants. The Catholic church with a facade of clear oriental influence dates from 1880 and is called the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Then, at number 41 of the street, is the Dar Niaba, an old Renaissance-style palace that was the seat of the French legation and also served as the office of the Naib (representative of the Sultan), the old French consulate. Next, the Zoco Chico (Petit Socco), also called souk Dakhil, the heart of the medina and one of the most attractive and characteristic places of the city. It is a Spanish-style square, with balconies and wrought iron railings, surrounded by travel cafes and hotels.
Nearby is the old U.S. Legation, dating from 1821, which remained there for more than a century. It now contains antique furniture, documents, photographs, maps and all kinds of objects from the golden age of the city. It can be visited on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 5 pm.
Tangier’s biggest must-see, a tour of the bustling medina, full of countless narrow streets, all with numerous bazaars and local products.
Visit the Sour Al Maâgazine also known as “Faro Square”, for a time, a meeting place for friends and above all, for lovers, so there are numerous love songs dedicated to this place.
Like any other city in Morocco, Tangier also has some colorful souks (markets) that are a pleasure to the eye and nose. The largest souk is the Grand Socco Market, located in the Grand Socco, where you can buy all kinds of fresh produce on a daily basis.
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One stop you can’t miss is the Cervantes Theater, built in 1913 by the Spanish and was considered one of the most prestigious theaters in North Africa. Now, however, restoration is on constant hold due to ongoing disputes between city officials and the Spanish government. For this reason, the interior is closed to the public, but the exterior is worth a visit to see and photograph.
Later visit the bookstore des Colonnes, located at 54 Boulevard Pasteur, a landmark in Tangier. During the Franco era, many intellectuals came to the city to look for the books banned by Franco. A place full of history and charm, you can not miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful corner.
It should be noted that not everything is in the city, you should also visit these unique places that nature offers us and that is why I present the Caves of Hercules in Tangier are natural caves located on the coastline about 14 kilometers west of the city, ie about 5 kilometers from Cape Espartel, the place where the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet.
It is a large cave with entrance from the sea and from land, formed by the erosion of the sea and the wind, although it has also been shaped by man in his eagerness to extract the beautiful stones of the walls, as can still be seen by the cracks made with tools in the rock.
Thus we will have finished our tour of this fantastic city and will have had a very pleasant experience.