Tangiers Morocco- A World of its Own

View of the Port

View of the Port

One of our favorite travel memories was when we went to Tangiers for a day while staying in southern Spain.  We remember being a little nervous about going because we weren’t sure about the cultural differences.  Having spent time in India helped calm some of the nerves and the more that we read about it, the more we knew it would be a highlight of our trip.  Tangiers is truly a melting pot as it is the crossroad between Europe and Africa.  Centuries of people travelling through Tangiers to bring goods for sale has made it one of the most tolerant cities in all of northern Africa.

Looking Up Towards the Neighborhoods

Looking Up Towards the Neighborhoods

Market Stall with Plenty of Nuts

Market Stall with Plenty of Nuts

Entrance to the Medina

Entrance to the Medina

Walking in the Medina

Walking in the Medina

Fish Market

Fish Market

Harbor

Harbor

Walking through the streets of the medina (old city) is definitely an amazing experience.  The varied architecture was extremely interesting to see and at the highest point was the Kasbah (fortress) with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.  Unlike some of the other medina that we’ve read about, we were not accosted by beggars or people trying to sell us trinkets.  We definitely enjoyed the markets and came home with some wonderful  saffron.  We came close to buying a hand-made rug from one of the shopkeepers, but ended up deciding not to.  After eating an incredible meal in a tiny family owned restaurant, we purchased a tagine from one of the nearby shops.

View of the Ocean

View of the Ocean

Spice Shop

Spice Shop

Ceramics for Sale

Ceramics for Sale

View from the Kasbah

View from the Kasbah

Streets of the Medina

Streets of the Medina

We did stop to watch a snake charmer at one point, which a little touristy, but still created a wonderful memory.  Tangiers is more than just the old city, the heart of the city is quite modern and is home to a lot of ex-pats.  There are also plenty of hotels to choose from if you want to spend several days there, but we were there for just one day. Hopefully we’ll return one day to see more of Morocco as the people were extremely friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed what time we did have there.

Bustling Downtown

Bustling Downtown

Snake Charmer

Snake Charmer

It was an Interactive Show

It was an Interactive Show

Vegetable Market

Vegetable Market

Tagines

Tagines

Walking the Streets

Walking the Streets

 

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4 Responses to Tangiers Morocco- A World of its Own

  1. You should definitely plan a return trip. The medina in Fez is amazing, and Essaouira is a charming (albeit somewhat touristy and westernized) port city.

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  2. Love the colourful markets. I saw a snake charmer in Morocco, but it was very underwhelmed by the performance. 🙂

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