72hrs in Tangier

Tangier Morocco

Tangier is a city where eccentricity is celebrated, with a history of beatniks and bohemians making waves for their dreams to come true. Now the city is undergoing a cultural resurgence, as a new generation seeks to relive the past and praise the city for being the most cosmopolitan in North Africa.

Tangier is a city that remains true to it's avant-garde, artistic reputation, with the literary scene celebrated by locals, visitors and expats alike. The International Literary and Arts Salon Festival is organised every year by the city with the help of the French Institute. The festival has its strong core in the young and upcoming Moroccan artists and writers alike; Abdellah Taia, Mahi Binebine, Fouad Laroui, Leila Alaoui, Youssef Fadel, all local artists to name a few. If you love the arts, highly recommended to check out.

The city is serenaded with bright colours, with a modern state of mind amongst almost ancient Arab monuments and scriptures. This is a place where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic, and Africa endorses European customs. Burroughs, Joe Orton, Truman Capote, Francis Bacon, Paul Bowles (American writer who lived here for decades) among many others were attracted in part by the fact that the International Zone allowed homosexuality. Places that they roamed, such as the Café Central and Gran Café de Paris (as seen in The Bourne Ultimatum) are forever popular and hip hangouts. Another hot spot is Café Baba, historically famous for its hashish which attracted celebrities including The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and Anthony Bourdain; who described it as "smelling like his dorm room in 1972." Bob Dylan's favourite hangout was Café Hafa, which we highly advise to go, is located along the cliff top overlooking the Bay of Tangier. Nothing like sipping on a mint tea with the sun shining down on you whilst taking in the breeze.

Our favourite sights and sounds of the old port city is watching the local's way of life in the Gran Socco. We enjoyed seeing the traders using weaving loom in the clothing shops, berber women selling goat cheese (Sundays fresh fruits and vegetables) and the vociferous fish market! Indulge in the Moroccan way of life and enjoy our picturesque post on our 72 hours in Tangier. 

Tangier is in the middle of a cultural resurgence as a new generation seeks to relive the past. 

Tangier is in the middle of a cultural resurgence as a new generation seeks to relive the past. 

Tuna trader selling at the fish market. We enjoyed the sights of some of the freshest fish available.

Tuna trader selling at the fish market. We enjoyed the sights of some of the freshest fish available.

The market scenery is lively! First stop should be the famous fish market.

The market scenery is lively! First stop should be the famous fish market.

Retro haven at Cinéma Rif. This is North Africa's first cinema cultural centre. Click here for the monthly program. 

Retro haven at Cinéma Rif. This is North Africa's first cinema cultural centre. Click here for the monthly program. 

5 kilometres away from the famous lighthouse on Cap Spartel is Hercules' Caves. Don't miss the beauty of the water colliding with the rocks. 

5 kilometres away from the famous lighthouse on Cap Spartel is Hercules' Caves. Don't miss the beauty of the water colliding with the rocks. 

Cap Spartel, near the lighthouse, you can buy authentic jewelries carved from the stones of the nearby caves.

Cap Spartel, near the lighthouse, you can buy authentic jewelries carved from the stones of the nearby caves.

Henri Matisse took inspiration in his paintings through walks around the narrow alleys of the Kasbah.

Henri Matisse took inspiration in his paintings through walks around the narrow alleys of the Kasbah.

Hotel and Restaurant Nord-Pinus Tangier has a restaurant, bar and terraces open to the public. Lounge about whilst sipping on a mint tea or sight see with 360º views of the city from the rooftop.

Hotel and Restaurant Nord-Pinus Tangier has a restaurant, bar and terraces open to the public. Lounge about whilst sipping on a mint tea or sight see with 360º views of the city from the rooftop.

Hotel and Restaurant Nord-Pinus Tangier has some of the best food in the Kasbah.

Hotel and Restaurant Nord-Pinus Tangier has some of the best food in the Kasbah.

Amazing nooks and crannies around the old town.

Amazing nooks and crannies around the old town.

Both Delacroix and Matisse took inspiration in the alley ways of the Kasbah and Medina. What followed through were an inspired generation of bohemians flocking the old port city.

Both Delacroix and Matisse took inspiration in the alley ways of the Kasbah and Medina. What followed through were an inspired generation of bohemians flocking the old port city.

Cats of Tangier playing in the Kasbah.

Cats of Tangier playing in the Kasbah.