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Things to do in Tangier's Ancien Medina

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From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

1. From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to spend the day in the lively city of Tangier and get a feel for life in Morocco. Upon arrival in Africa, meet a local guide and take a minibus tour through the city and continue to see rural sights such as the Caves of Hercules and the amazing Cape Spartel promontory. Return to the vibrant city center to explore the bustling alleys of the medina and discover the most important corners of the historical city center. Enjoy lunch and go for a camel ride if you wish to experience the city from a different perspective. Return to Spain on the ferry and be back in time for dinner.

Tarifa: Tangier Day Trip by Ferry with Lunch & Moroccan Tea

2. Tarifa: Tangier Day Trip by Ferry with Lunch & Moroccan Tea

Embark on a guided day trip from Tarifa in Spain to the Moroccan city of Tangier by ferry. See the iconic Hercules Caves, visit the Mendoubia Palace, and enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch paired with a mint tea. Onboard the ferry at the port in Tarifa, sit back, relax and enjoy the calming effect of the sea. Make sure you have your camera with you, as you don't want to miss photo opportunities of the scenery as you sail. First, alight the ferry at the port in Tangier. Next, visit the iconic lighthouse Cape Spartel, where you can admire one of the best views of the Strait of Gibraltar and see the Caves of Hercules, the kasbah, the medina, and the souk. Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture as you visit a traditional souk market. Walk around and feel the bustling atmosphere, smell the sweet aroma of mixed spices, and admire the bright traditional carpets on sale from local artists. Marvel at the bright white Mendoub Palace and admirer this 10-acre property. Listen as your guide tells you about the history as you walk around this impressive palace. Get to know this wonderful Moroccan city as your guide tells you about its history and traditions. Next, enjoy a traditional lunch at a Moroccan restaurant. Taste dishes such as Harira soup, beef, and lamb skewers accompanied by couscous. Listen to live Moroccan music as you end your lunch with Moorish pastries as your dessert paired with traditional Moroccan tea. End your day on a high as you board the ferry at the port of Tangier Ville to board the ferry back to Tarifa.

From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen & Panoramic of Tangier

3. From Tangier: Day Trip to Chefchaouen & Panoramic of Tangier

Starting from Tangier at 9:00 AM, this tour will take you high up into the Rif Mountains to discover Chefchaouen, the beautiful blue door and white walled Medina, which was originally a Berber post. Enjoy a guided tour of the city when you arrive. See the main square, the heart of Chefchaouen, with its 18th-century kasbah, central mosque, and cafes with authentic Moroccan style menus. Stroll the market to discover a mix of traditional Moroccan and tourists souvenirs. Visit the Jewish Quarter behind the jewelry souk to discover a unique part of the city. Drive back to Tangier and arrive by 5:00 PM.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

4. From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

Enjoy a day trip from Seville to Tangier. Transfer to the ferry aboard an airconditioned vehicle. Save time with an express ferry from the charming village of Tarifa to Tangier. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar, take a sightseeing tour, and eat a local lunch.  Depart from Seville and journey to the beautiful village of Tarifa to catch the fast ferry to Tangier. Upon arrival, discover the cosmopolitan flavor of a city that combines the cultures of Africa and Europe.  Take a panoramic city tour by bus and visit the Cap Spartel promontory at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. Visit the Caves of Hercules, where ancient Greek and later Roman mythology believed the demi-god slept before his eleventh labor.  Return to the city center to enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant. Explore the narrow streets of the Medina and discover its most picturesque spots. Return to the port for the journey back to Seville in the late evening.

Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

5. Casablanca: Tangier Day Tour by High-Speed Train

Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Casablanca, at which point you will be taken to the train station to board your high-speed train to Tangier. Upon your arrival, your local guide and driver in Tangier will be waiting for you outside the train station, with a placard stating your full name. From here, you will begin touring around Tangier and its surroundings, including the Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves. From this point you will receive exceptional views of both the strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. You will then visit the Kasbah district next to the port, and the old Medina, complete with its craftsmanship shops and the magnificent Minaret. You will have the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens and Paul Bowles.

Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

6. Tangier Highlights Private 6-Hour Tour

Explore the cosmopolitan city of Tangier on a private sightseeing tour and discover all its main attractions, from bustling markets to historic caves. You will first drive to Malabata Cape (East Tangier) for a great orientation view of the city. Look over at Europe on one side and Africa on the other. Drive through the new city to Spartel Cape (West Tangier), considered the most northwesterly point of Africa, and where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean. The next stop will be the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, the caves were once the home of Hercules, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Discover the old face of the city, starting with the Kasbah, where artists and writers have gathered for centuries. Go to the Archaeological Museum, before walking through the colorful streets of the Medina to Mendoubia Gardens and Saint Andrews Church. Experience the electric atmosphere of the Berber market of Sidi Bouabid, where you will have some free time to shop before your drop-off.

Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

7. Tangier Full-Day Grand Tour

Take a 5-hour grand tour of Tangier to explore the traditional and modern face of the city with an expert guide. Discover a city of many cultures from the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus. Start by visiting Tangier Port and the outskirts of the city, crossing the modern town with its large boulevards and exclusive areas of large villas, celebrity homes and palaces, including the summer residence of the Moroccan royal family. Continue to Cape Spartel at the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar, and see the lighthouse that marks the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Stop to ride or take pictures of camels, before visiting the Caves of Hercules, inhabited since the Neolithic period. According to legend, they were once the home of Hercules, founder of Tangier, who created the Straits of Gibraltar with a single blow of his hand. Next, explore the old face of Tangier, and walk through the historic Kasbah, home to the Dar-el-Makhzen (Sultanate Palace) and Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities in the former Sultan’s apartments. Continue to the maze-like Medina, where tanners work on leather goods and artisans make handicrafts from wood and silver. Visit the Archaeological Museum or the American Legation, the first American public property outside of the United States. Admire the Parc de la Mendoubia (also known as the Grand Socco) where Moroccan independence was fermented, and vendors sell a variety of second-hand goods. Explore the colorful streets at leisure, before driving back to the port at the end of your tour.

Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

8. Tangier: City Highlights Discovery Tour

Today you will be brought face to face with the real Tangier. Start out with a peaceful drive along la Corniche, the central beach, and then visit the east side of the city. From here, you can snap some pictures over the port, and if you're lucky, you might even be able to see Spain from here! Then, its time to head inland and visit Iberia and the California residential area, which is filed with luxurious chalets and villas (a bit like California itself!). Your guide will point out the history of these locations as you are treated to some fine photo and shopping opportunities. Then, head along the coast for a tour of the mythical Hercules caves. These caves are said to have once housed the hero, and you can decide for yourself what parts of the legend to believe. After the caves, it's time to come to the real heart of Tangier, with a walking tour of the Kasbah. This 15th century fortress has been rocked by a tumultuous history, and as a crossroads of life here in Tangier, serves as a meeting grounds for people of all walks of life. The archeological museum offers a nice contrast to the packed and colorful streets. There's no shortage of people trying to sell you things, so keep a close eye for the best bargains. Afterwards, head to the fruit and vegetable market for a different kind of commerce. Here you can taste all sorts of delectable fruits and olives, and also get a good look at Mendoubia, with its 800 year old Banion Tree. There is a chance for a mint tea in the Petit Socco before returning back to our starting point.

Tangier City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

9. Tangier City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Following pickup from the Tangier Ville port, you'll begin with a tour of the city and its surroundings. Following that, visit Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves, which provide an exceptional view of both the Strait of Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. From there, continue to the Kasbah district next to the port and explore the traditional handicraft shops of the old medina. You'll then stop to admire the magnificent minaret overlooking the sea, before taking the opportunity to pass by the Grand Socco, where multiple small hotels have previously accommodated famous artists and writers such as Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, and Paul Bowles. At the conclusion of your tour, you'll be dropped off back to the Tangier Ville port.

Tangier: 4-Hour City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

10. Tangier: 4-Hour City Sightseeing Shore Excursion

Meet your guide at Tangier port and then begin your 4-hour shore excursion adventure. Drive along the coast and admire the stunning beaches and celebrity mansions that line the way as you head towards the Hercules Caves located at the extreme northwest of Africa. Local legend says that the caves are where Hercules was able to separate Europe from Africa, and are surrounded with myth and mystery. At the caves, marvel at the views across the Straits of Gibraltar and then continue onto Tangier’s Kasbah. The Kasbah sits atop the cliffs, Medina and city’s port, and is an array of whitewashed walls and colorful architecture. From your guide, learn about the stories surrounding the site and then visit the nearby souk, full of stalls selling local crafts and produce. Afterwards, wander through the labyrinth of lane ways in Tangier and feel immersed in the unique atmosphere of this bustling location. Visit Mandoubia Park to amble around its luscious green landscapes and soak up the glorious sunshine. Finally, enjoy a cup of mint tea at one of Tangier’s legendary cafes that has hosted International celebrities, artists, and spies throughout the 20th century. After 4 hours of exploration, the tour ends at Tangier harbor.

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based on 1,032 reviews

Well organised, good communication. Good driver. Great guide who happily adjusted his tour to adapt to what his group and individual members of it were interested in and wanted to spend time on while moving through the announced schedule. Driver and guide generous with their time and effort. Cheerful, courteous, friendly and knowledgeable work. A great day. The whole group was very happy with the tour. Recommended warmly.

Rachid was a totally great guide. Unfortunately, the ferry departure was postponed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. In the end it started at 12 o'clock, so unfortunately we weren't in Tangier until 1 o'clock. And at 17:30 we had to be back on the ferry

The xaeun tour group is top, I recommend. The excursion went very well, the driver Yassin and the guide Abdul were really super nice. Thank you and see you soon.

It is a great tour and Rashid was very friendly. It would be nice to have a little time to shop for souvenirs at the end.

wonderful experience, to be recommended. The guide Shisha very kind and at our disposal.