Top attractions in Tangier
The 7 best things to do in Tangier
A Moroccan port town in the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier is a character-filled place to spend a few days. Once a playground of hippies and hustlers, the destination has completely cleaned up its act, and now offers sightseeing and world-class tourism alongside excellent amenities.
1. American Legation
Located inside the Medina, the American Legation was the first US-owned property outside the United States. A museum of sorts, it commemorates the US/Moroccan relationship.
2. Dar el Makhzen
Beautiful tile and the arches you expect of Morocco are all on display when you visit this popular attraction--home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts and the Museum of Antiquities.
3. Forbes Museum of Tangier
This grand former home of media tycoon Malcolm Forbes was featured in Bond movie "The Living Daylights". It's now a VIP residence for state guests, but worth a look from outside.
4. Cape Malabata
With a lighthouse and medieval castle, this is a great place to check out on your visit to Tangier. Nearby hiking trails offer an active adventure exploring nature.
5. Grand Stade de Tangier
This grand multi-use stadium has a capacity of 45,000 and mostly plays host to sporting events, particularly football matches in season.
6. Grand Socco
This is the most picturesque entrance to the Medina. Find La Terrasse for an excellent view that feels like a step back in time. The square is also a good place to grab a taxi.
7. Kasbah Museum
This attraction is outside of the Medina, and is a great place to learn about Moroccan art, interiors, furniture, and history. Closed on Tuesday. Entry is 10 dirham.
Planning Your Visit
Experience the Souks
There are a number of souks in Tangier, where you can buy leather goods, furniture, clothing, and ornamental objects for excellent value, as long as you're happy to barter! Start lower than you intend to pay, and laugh off a vendor's original price--tourists will always be charged a huge markup. But if you're brave, hold your nerve and bring change, you'll be amazed what you can buy for 10 dirham!
As a port town, Tangier is a popular day trip or excursion destination from Cadiz, Gibraltar, or mainland Spain. Check ferry times and destinations before you travel.
What to wear
Morocco is a Muslim country, so it is unusual to see women in short skirts or revealing clothing. To avoid glances or comments--cover shoulders, knees, and your chest in public.
Good to know
- Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+01:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Weather-wise it is best to travel during the early summer and late spring. You can explore beautiful sights across the city in the cooler weather and take part in various outdoor activities without the summer tourist crowds.
Other Sightseeing Options in Tangier
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What people are saying about Tangier
With only a few days in in Tangier I had hoped to see its sites and learn a bit about the city but after taking this tour not only were these goals met in full but I also experienced the character and soul of this wonderful place. Omar brought to life the history, the culture and the heart of these wonderful people. We were picked up in a modern, clean, Mercedes van at our hotel for the trip to Asilah and Cape Spartel feeling comfortable and safe at all times with Monsif’s driving. Later we had a delightful traditional lunch at a local restaurant in Tangier. The meal was inexpensive and very good. In the afternoon we continued in Tangier from the Medina to the hills overlooking the city with its beautiful views. The tour was in English which Omar had a perfect command and was very accommodating to mold the tour to our tastes and interests. I have been on many tours around the world and this ranks as one of the best. I would recommend him and this tour to anyone.
The overall experience was very good. It was easy to book and follow up with. We were picked up at our hotel & taken to the train station. Our driver spoke English and helped navigate a slight issue with our train tickets (that was later resolved promptly) The train was comfortable and very smooth. There was a concession car but I didn't visit it. There is no WI-FI on the train at all. Our tour guide (Abdul Salamasri) & driver met us as we got off the train with a very clear sign with our names on it. The car was clean, fairly new and very comfortable. The driver was very safe. Abdul spoke great American English and we had a wonderful tour. We went out to the countryside to see Hercules Grotto as well as where the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet. Then we explored the kasbah and surrounding area.
The concept and idea is great but a lot of time is spend on immigration formalities. It took around 5 hours in the bus and 2 hours in ferry. Immigration another 2 hours. The rest of the time was spend in the excursion. The journey by bus and ferry was pleasant. The Spanish guide was lazy, while the Tangier guide Hassan was absolutely amazing! Overall it was a great day spend and kids enjoyed it too!
My wife and I had terrific experience visiting Chefchaouen from Tangier. Our tour guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly, we had great conversations during the trip - Thank you Tahir for this great experience! The country side trip was pleasurable, Morocco is very beautiful country, 'Haouen is must see and experience while in Morocco.
When we finally arrived there it was fantastic experience ... it took 5 hours, the guide was late showing up, then the ferry was so unorganized and time consuming, unbelievable really. But we had to laugh ( rather than cry) ! It was well worth the wait though.