If you’re looking for a handful of the top things to do in Tangier, then you’ll NEED this 3 day itinerary and guide.
Below you’ll discover the top 13 things to do in Tangier AND with our easy 3 day itinerary you won’t need to stress over how to see it all! From the Kasbah and the Medina, to the museums, historical and cultural icons such as the Rif Cinema and Cafe Hafa, Tangier is brimming with things to do!
Tangier is Morocco’s port city at the north western end of Africa. A city where you’re able to sit and enjoy Moroccan mint tea, while admiring the Strait of Gibraltar with views of Spain in the distance. A place where you can immerse yourself in history, take in some culture and enjoy a mix of Moroccan and Mediterranean.
Tangier is a city steeped in compelling history, shaped by European and Arab invasions throughout the centuries. It is homeland to the great explorer Ibn Battuta, a legend in his own right. And more recently, Tangier has earned a reputation among artists – famous painters, writers, poets and musicians who have found inspiration here.
It’s a city of contrasts with much to offer. From travellers coming for a day or two from Europe, to those visiting as a start or end point of a greater Moroccan road trip.
Along with top things to do, get our tips on where to stay in Tangier, how to get there, which day trips to take and the best beaches to check out. This guide and itinerary can help you if you’re visiting Tangier for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days or more. So read on for the top 13 things to do and see in Tangier, that you absolutely don’t want to miss!
Where is Tangier
Tangier or Tanger in French, is a busy port town and city, in the north west of Morocco. Incredibly Spain is only 40km north of Tangier, an easy 1 hour and 20 minutes by ferry. And on a clear day, you can even see Tarifa, Spain’s southern most point, across the Strait of Gibraltar.
To better understand what makes Tangier unique, it helps to know a few of the historical influences. Read on if you’re interested in knowing more. Alternatively, skip ahead to get started with your Tangier itinerary.
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Historical Influences in Tangier
Prior to the 10th century BCE, Tangier was initially established as a Berber village, before becoming a Phoenician trading post. However, as a result of its prominent location it has had a rather turbulent past.
In a nutshell: This part of Morocco was occupied by the Carthaginians and Romans in its early stages. The Vandals occupied in 429 CE, but were later overthrown during Berber unrest. It was then retaken by the Byzantine Army in 533 CE before the Arab and Muslim invasions of North Africa in the early 8th century. Then due to it’s ideal location, Tangier was used to further launch an invasion into Spain. However, they too were overthrown as part of the Berber revolt in 740. It was in 790, that Moulay Idris I the founder of the Idris Dynasty, took Tangier as part of the Morocco we know today.
14th to 20th Centuries
Tangier was taken by the Portuguese in the late 14th century. Who later shared control with Spain. Before it was gifted to England’s King Charles II as part of a dowry when he married Catherine of Braganza in 1661. The British however withdrew from the city in 1684 due to pressure from the then Moroccan ruler Sultan Moulay Ismail. However, in doing so they destroyed large parts of the city and its port.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, France had a major influence on Morocco. Which in 1905 triggered a major international crisis, as Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany was pushing for Morocco’s independence. However in doing so he only forced a strengthening of the French British relations. In 1912, Morocco was divided between France and Spain. Spanish Morocco in the far north and south. While French colonies covering the area between. Thus forcing Sultan Moulay Hafid into exile in his Kasbah in Tangier.
In 1923, Tangier became an international zone between Britain, France and Spain. With Portugal, Italy, Belgium and Netherlands later added. It was during this time that the city started to establish itself as the cosmopolitan city it is today. Having a melting pot of ethnicities, a place where all religious and ideological groups could gather and find sanctuary. In 1956, the international zone was abolished, and Tangier returned to the now independent Morocco under the rule of Sultan Mohammed V.
Today Tangier has become a major destination for both commerce and tourism. Second only to Casablanca in terms of Morocco’s economic hubs. And growing significantly over the last 15 years, within industrial, commercial and residential development.
This growth has come about due to the presence of the Tanger Med Port, which is one of the largest cargo ports in Africa. As well as the recently redeveloped terminal of Port de Tangier Ville passenger ferry and the relatively new high speed rail system between Tangier and Casablanca.
Artists Who Found Inspiration in Tangier
Tangier was somewhat of a mecca for many great artists over the 20th century. From painters and writers to musicians.
Henri Matisse, first came to Tangier in 1912 and returned in 1913, painting various images during his stay. Including ‘Window at Tangier‘ of the St Andrew’s church painted from his balcony window.
In the late 40’s to 50’s Tangier become a highly desired destination for many well known writers. Including Author Paul Bowels who later returned with his wife to live in Tangier. As well as poet and Actor Peter Orlovsky with his partner and fellow writer Irwin Allen Ginsberg. And in 1954 William Burroughs spent 4 years in Tangier where he wrote his novel Naked Lunch.
In the 60’s and 70’s Tangier, along with other locations in Morocco became a popular spot for various rock artists. This included The Rolling Stones who first visited in ’67, spending time enjoying what the city had to offer. They then returned in ’89 spending three days recording ‘Continental Drift.’ Jimi Hendrix stayed on his way down to Essaouira in ’69. Not forgetting the Beatles also enjoyed their time in Tangier over this period. Then in ’75, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant sailed out of Tangier after their massive drive across the country.
Planning Your Tangier Itinerary
So what with, the colourful and transient history, along with the strong international interest Tangier has attracted, it is a very different type of Morocco. In comparison to Marrakech and Fes, Tangier’s Medina has a more Mediterranean feel to it… it’s unique and an experience all of its own.
Below we explain everything you’ll need to know to help you get the very best from your Tangier experience and itinerary. Read on for our travel tips on getting there and getting around, the best places to stay, and of course a full list of the top 13 things to do and places to visit in Tangier.
How to Get to Tangier
Tangier has a host of options when it comes to both domestic and international travel.
Internationally, the options include Tangier Ibn Battouta airport (TNG), and passenger and car ferries arriving from Spain, France and Italy at Tanger Med Port and Port de Tangier Ville.
Internally, Tangier has great options for domestic flights, trains both high speed and standard, and bus. And of course you can also self-drive!
Currently there are 12 airlines operating out of Tangier Ibn Battouta airport (TNG) with Ryanair, Air Arabia Maroc and Royal Air Maroc being the major. Multiple nonstop flights come from Europe each day.
From the United States there are no direct flights to Tangier, but with Royal Air Maroc you can book direct flights into Casablanca from New York (JFK) Washington (IAD) and Miami (MIA).
As mentioned above, pedestrian and drive-on passenger ferries arrive into both Tangier Med Port and Port de Tangier Ville. FRS are currently the only operator running between Tarifa Spain and Tangier Ville. We took this ferry for our day trip from Tarifa. And given the central location of this port, Tangier Ville is conveniently positioned near the main Medina in Tangier.
In Tangier Med, further from town, there are three ferry operators. These include FRS, Baleària, and Africa Morocco Link (AML) which run multiple trips per day from Algeciras, Spain.
Then from Barcelona you can book with Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) and La Meridionale. Or from Marseille France, or Grenoa Italy, GNV run once a week.
Browse ferry bookings here with Ferry Hopper to grab the best ferry for your Tangier itinerary.
Domestic Transport Options to Tangier
Morocco has a great bus system with various operators running multiple trips per day between all major destinations. CTM and Supra Tours are two that we used throughout our three month Morocco itinerary. They are both equally reliable and comfortable – you can read our post travelling with Supra Tours here.
Book tickets direct through the CTM or Supra Tours website. As a guideline of transport times and costs to Tangier with CTM you can expect the following –
- Tetouan – travel time 1 hour from 25 MAD
- Casablanca – travel time 6 hours from 90 MAD
- Chefchaouen – travel time 2 hours and 30 minutes from 75 MAD
- Fes – travel time 6 hours and 30 minutes from 145 MAD
*Prices vary according to season
ONCF operate Morocco’s railway network. The state owned company operates several lines and trains within the country, with more planned.
Fun Fact: from Tangier to Casablanca you can hitch a ride on Africa’s first high speed train system – Al Boraq! This has significantly reduced travel speed.
ONCF train lines currently get you to Tangier from destinations such as, Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech and even Fes. Note: that if you travel by train you have the option of travelling in first or second class. Prices between the two are not massive, so if you prefer to travel in a little more comfort, with a little more leg space then 1st class may be a better option.
And if you are something of a train enthusiast, then you can take Al Atlas Classic train from Fes to Tangier. One option will get you there direct in just over 4 hours. And the second option will get your there a little quicker in just over 3 hours, with a change in Kenitra from the Al Atlas onto the Al Boraq.
Tickets can be booked direct through the ONCF website. As a guideline of transport times and costs to Tangier with ONCF you can expect the following –
- Casablanca – travel time just over 2 hours, economy from 180 to 260 MAD
- Marrakech – travel time is 5 1/4 hours with a transfer in Casablanca, economy from 300 to 320 MAD
- Fes – travel time 3+ to 4+ hours, economy costs from 110 to 180 MAD
*Prices vary according to season and class of travel
Self-Driving with a Rental Car
Tangier is obviously a great starting point for a Moroccan itinerary or road trip, with various ferries operating out of this busy port. Read above for the ferry options available when arriving into Tangier from Europe.
Alternatively, booking a rental car is another great choice, as Morocco’s highways are reasonably easy to navigate. Many people choose to self-drive as this allows a greater independence and ability to explore off the beaten path.
Goggle Maps tends to always get you to where you need to go. Just note, when venturing further into the main city centres, you’ll need to keep your wits about you. Obviously roads will get rather busy, so we recommend, expect the unexpected and keep your eyes three cars ahead. And if you’re exploring the Medinas, then you’ll need to park up and walk on foot.
We use the Qeeq rental car booking platform to book our rental cars when travelling. They always manage to scope out the cheapest deal, especially if you make the most of their new user coupon.
13 Top Things to Do in Tanger
So now we have covered all the formalities, let’s get to the bits you really want to know about. That’s right my friend, get ready for the top 13 things to see and do in Tangier for an itinerary to remember!
The Medina and Souks
As with most of Morocco’s cities, Tangier old town or Medina was once the central part of the city. Surrounded by old fortified walls, within is a maze of alleyways, accessed only by foot which lead you to various souks, riads, museums, cafés, mosques and hotels.
If you’re only in town for the day and looking for a little culture, food and shopping then this is where you need to be.
Starting at the waterfront by Port de Tanger Ville, the northern wall wraps around the coast overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. From here you can enter the Medina via Bab dar Dbagh.
The main road leading through Bab dar Dbagh divides after 200m. Rue Dar Baroud continues straight ahead in a north direction following the coastal wall. While Rue de la Marine heads west (or left), taking you further into the Medina.
If you follow Rue de la Marine, this will take you through to Petit Socco. A great place to stop and grab a coffee or mint tea at either Café Tinjis or Gran Café Central before heading on.
From Petit Socco you can either head north along Rue Almohades, which we found had some amazing shops. It includes a lot of general souks, with various carpet shops, leather goods, antiques and souvenirs. But also several boutique stores.
Alternatively, you can keep heading west along Rue Siaghine up the hill towards Bab Al Fahs. This will pop you out at the Grand Socco… the next on our top things to do in Tangier list.
Boutique Stores in the Medina
If you like unique clothing with a Moroccan twist, then visit owner and fashion designer Kaoutar Sahel at her store Youmes Creations. She weaves her love for Moroccan culture into a thoughtfully curated collection. Everything in her shop is gorgeous, and if you’re lucky you’ll also meet her mother on the Singer sewing machine. They are a lovely family! We also love Bobois Tanger for handmade wooden homeware. The owner Julien Bouchet, is a super interesting guy to chat to, and his work is fantastic.
Other Things to Check Out Within the Medina
The American Legation Museum – This historic building was the first American public property outside of the US and is also the only US National Historic landmark on foreign soil.
It was built in 1821 and was used by the US as a diplomatic office for the following 140 years.
It now serves as a museum, predominantly used to highlight the long history and relations between Morocco and the US. This started back in 1777 when Morocco became the first country to recognise American independence from Great Britain and which lead to a Moroccan – American Treaty of Friendship in 1786.
The Fresh Food Market – Check out this cool market if you’re in town for a couple of days and looking for fresh produce, meats and some seafood. You’ll find this souk on your left as you leave the Medina heading towards the Grand Socco. It also has entrances from the Grand Socco if you’re coming at it from this direction.
This covered market is mainly used by locals. It’s tight and can get a little busy at times, but this just adds to the authenticity. So shop like a local and grab yourself some fresh fruit for your travels.
This is the large square at the western side of the Medina, just outside Bab Al Fahs. It’s also a great alternative entrance point to the Medina. From here you can make your way back down the hill towards the port, rather than coming up.
Essentially, it’s a large roundabout with a fountain. But it’s a popular hang out location among locals because of the grassed and paved area. It’s a great social place at the end of the day, where you’ll find the likes of ice cream vendors and sometimes even a little entertainment. Across the road is Cinema Rif, a Tangier icon, which undoubtedly earns a place on our list of top things to do in Tangier.
Cinema Rif is at the Grand Socco, opposite Bab Al Fahs, you can’t really miss it! It’s both a working cinema and café. But it’s special given that it’s an old theatre, the kind you might remember from your childhood. It shows both alternative, classic and mainstream films. If you plan on catching a movie during your stay in Tangier, check to see what languages the movies are displayed in before booking.
If, however you’re just looking for a place to grab a drink and slice of something sweet, then this iconic place is worth it. As you’ll most likely see when you visit, many gather at the Cinema Rif to people watch with a coffee and cake.
Saint Andrew’s Church
Saint Andrew’s church is just three minutes walk south west of the Grand Socco. From Cinema Rif, head towards Sidi Bouabid mosque, down Rue d’Angleterre keeping the mosque on your right. The entrance to the church garden is at the junction of this one way street, on the opposite side of the road.
It’s open from 10am to 1pm, then reopens again from 2.30pm to 5pm, six days a week, but closed on Friday. Entrance into the garden and graveyard is free and the church is by donation.
The garden and graveyard has many well established trees, providing plenty of shade, so is great for a stroll around midday or in the afternoon.
And be sure to ask the groundskeeper and custodian about the St Andrew’s Church in the Henri Matisse painting. It’s pretty cool to think that you are walking within a famous painting!
Don’t miss the beautiful Kasbah like we did on our first visit to Tangier. It was like discovering a whole new Tangier when we discovered the Kasbah on our second visit. It’s a lovely part of the Medina to explore, to brush up on your history, as well as a great place to shop. There are a high concentration of boutique shops as well as a collection of luxury hotels and boutique accommodation.
The Kasbah is part of the Medina, but an elevated section at the northern end. We recommend that you start your visit from Bab Kasbah and everything else is a walk downhill.
Within the Kasbah you’ll find Espace d’Exposition de la memoire d’Ibn Battouta or the Ibn Batutta Museum. The Kasbah Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum.
To get here, from the Grand Socco, enter the medina via Bab Al Fahs. Then follow Rue d’Italie which becomes Rue de la Kasbah. After the parking lot at the top of the hill, turn right into Place du Tabor and in front of you will be Bab Kasbah.
Ibn Batutta Museum
As you may well have guessed, this museum covers the life of the great explorer Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Battutah, or more commonly known as Ibn Batutta. Known as the greatest traveller of his time, Ibn Batutta travelled extensively through Africa, into Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In fact, he far exceeded the travels of Marco Polo exploring most of the eastern hemisphere throughout his journey. He was born in Tangier in 1304 and later returned in 1354 and is believed to be buried within the Medina.
This new museum is a tribute to Ibn Battuta’s life and travels. It’s a modern interactive museum, with translations in both Arabic, French and English. It’s really well displayed and walks you through his astonishing life. If you like history or want to know more about this incredible Moroccan explorer, we thoroughly recommend a visit.
The Tomb of Ibn Batutta – If you are an Ibn Batutta enthusiast, then you may want to prioritise a visit to his tomb. This is the site believed to be Ibn Battuta’s final resting place.
It is small and rather inconspicuous considering his accomplishments, but it does have a placard outside. Unfortunately, is was closed when we visited. You can find the tomb on Rue Ibn Batouta located not far from the Kasbah Rose Hotel.
The Kasbah and Contemporary Art Museums
We have listed these two together as they sit side by side, and can be covered under one entrance fee.
The Kasbah Museum is found within what was formerly the Sultan’s Palace or Dar al-Makhzen. Which was where the last Sultan of independent Morocco was exiled during the French protectorate of Morocco.
The museum focuses mainly on the history of the area, which also includes displays of various antiques, arts, carpets, crafts and firearms. It houses a central open courtyard and roof top garden.
Two of its main displays are the mosaic of Venus and the giant replica maps. Note that the displays are in French and Arabic only, but a small pamphlet is available at the ticket desk for English speakers.
The Contemporary Art Museum opened on the 24th December 2021, housed within the old restored Kasbah prison.
The space is a combination of both permanent and temporary exhibits, with a key focus being to display and pay tribute to artists from Morocco’s northern region.
Stretched over several floors, with elevator and wheel chair access. It’s a beautiful and thought provoking space, that allows its visitors a place to view and interact.
Both the museums are open from 10am – 6pm, 6 days a week, closed on Tuesdays. I loved the fact that there weren’t many tourist here, and so it was one of my favourite top things to do in Tangier.
Bab Al Bahr
This gate is right next to the Kasbah museum and offers an amazing view across the Strait of Gibraltar. Given that it is close to the museums, it’s definitely worthy of a quick visit.
The Phoenician Tombs
The Phoenician Tombs are found north west of the Kasbah and can be visited either on your way to, or back from Café Hafa.
Due to Tangier’s turbulent past these are one of the only few remaining relics connected to its early beginnings. These tombs are a free open air necropolis, carved into the hillside overlooking the Straight of Gibraltar. Providing a great vantage point out over the port and a popular place with Tangier residents in the late afternoon.
We had read a little about the tombs, but seeing them in person kind of took my breath away. Perhaps it was the day we visited, with the beautiful clear skyline but I definitely recommend the walk and the visit. Note: they can be full of litter, fortunately during our visit they were in the process of being cleaned up.
Yes, it’s a café, but could also be described as an experience. If you are in Tangier and do only one thing outside of the Medina, then this has to be at the top of your things to do list!
Cafe Hafa opened in 1921 and so has officially celebrating its 100th anniversary… crazy right! But this open air café hasn’t changed a great deal during its time. This means Cafe Hafa has achieved somewhat an icon status. In fact, over the 100 years, it has served the likes of Paul Bowles, William S Burroughs, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Positioned over open tiered terraces from the main entrance drown the steep hill side. The views are incredible and the experience a cultural must. Cafe Hafa is a place to grab a mint tea, sit, relax and enjoy the moment. However, be warned it can get very busy. Especially over summer and on the weekends when the weather outside is at it’s best.
Cape Spartel was one of our favourite top things to do in Tangier, as we are nature lovers!. The area of Cape Spartel is a national park on the most north western point of Africa and is at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar.
Here you will find the Cape Spartel lighthouse. Which doubles as a small museum providing the history of the area, not to mention a great view from the top. It also has a café and some grassed areas if you wish to stop for a coffee or picnic.
Cape Spartel is a great day trip destination for a Tangier itinerary, if you also include Hercules Cave and the surrounding beaches. You can expect an easy 3.6 km walk down the coast from the lighthouse to the cave. So pack your swimsuit and a bit of lunch to hit the beaches while you walk along the coastline.
☀️ We wrote a dedicated post on taking a day trip from Tangier to Cape Spartel and the Hercules Caves!
Cape Spartel is around a 25 minute drive from Tangier and the easiest way to get to there is by taxi. You can either take a Grand Taxi by yourself from any pick up point, or a collective if you’re looking for a more economical way.
Collective taxis are our preferred way to travel beyond the cities for day trips in Morocco. They are budget friendly, and you simply turn up and wait till the taxi fills to six passengers. This never takes longer than 15-20 minutes. The collective taxi point we used in Tangier to get to Cape Spartel was at the top of Rue Sidi Bouabid just before the roundabout, and it cost 20 MAD per passenger.
The popular Hercules Cave is both man-made and a natural cave formation. The natural cave has one land entrance, but also opens out to the sea. From this angle the cave opening has a striking resemblance to the African continent. The man-made caves were originally made by local Berber tribes who used the caves for carving stone wheels.
Fun Fact: Legend has it that this is where Hercules stayed the night before stealing the golden apples as part of his 12 labours given to him by King Eurystheus.
Word of warning, the cave is a popular tourist destination, so can get exceptionally busy. If you’re in Tangier during the peak season, it would be best to get there early before the buses arrive.
Beaches for a Tangier Itinerary
As you can imagine, one of the top things to do in Tangier is check out the lovely beaches, both in the city, its outer suburbs and others further out of town. So, if your itinerary in Tangier includes some beach days, then read below.
Note that most beaches don’t have shade or changing rooms. So bring sunblock, some money to rent a beach umbrella and dress wisely. Also these beaches can be a little busy over the hectic summer holidays of July and August, so outside the busy season is the best time to visit.
In the City
If you don’t mind the crowds or can’t be bothered getting a taxi, then Tangier has several spots for you to chose from. Well it’s actually just one long stretch of beach that has been named by sections. And all are accessible straight off the main cornice.
At the port end nearest to the Medina, you have Plage Municipal, which then leads onto Plage de Tanger, with Plage Malabata at the opposite end.
Word of warning: don’t take your eye off your bag while sitting on the beach. Yes we had ours swiped from right under our nose (post coming soon).
Just west of the port, less than 10 minutes by Petit Taxi is Merkala beach. Tucked in a little bay, looking out onto the Strait of Gibraltar with a cliff on its western side and a rocky coast on the east. This little beach is less touristy and a great place for a couple of hours.
Playa Blanca, Plage Sidi Kankouche and Plage Oued Alian
These three beaches lie to the east of Tangier around 10km from the city centre. It takes just 20 – 30 minutes to get there by car or taxi. All have little beach bars for that morning, midday or afternoon snack.
The sand is perfect and the water is clear, so go, enjoy and catch some sun rays on your Tangier itinerary.
The Atlantic Coast: Achakkar Beach
Just south of Cape Spartel lie several great beaches. With most being within walking distance of each other, therefore you can take your pick depending on what you’re looking for.
The first little bay you will find is Plage Sol. Which is about a 20 minute walk down from the Cape’s lighthouse. It’s a lovely bay and a great place to either take a dip or stay for the day. Just a 20 metre walk over the small rocky outcrop at the southern end you will find Achakkar Beach. Which is home to Mikki Beach and Kabana Beach Club, if a party beach is your buzz. But if not there are also many other spots along the beach to enjoy.
At the end of Achakkar beach out on the headland is where you will find Hercules Caves. Further south of the cave is a huge stretch of beach that includes Sidi Kacem beach.
Longer Day Trips for a Tangier Itinerary
If you’re wanting to explore a little further or have a couple of extra days then there are several day trip options. In fact you might decide to switch out one of the the top things to do on this list, with a day trip from Tangier. All of which are easily reached by bus or car.
Just 45 minutes south west of Tangier on the Atlantic coast is the adorable coastal village of Asilah. Its 15th Century Medina, is protected by its rampart walls that rise up from the Atlantic Ocean. This giving the town an endless sound of the ocean on its door step.
There are several watchtowers along the walls for you to wander around and enjoy an early morning or afternoon stroll. Inside the Medina you will discover its beautifully preserved whitewashed buildings, connected by its wider alleyways, helping you to slowly stroll and enjoy what this slower passed town has to offer. In recent years Asilah has become a bit of an Art hub, with numerous galleries popping up throughout the town. It also holds an annual art festival at the start of the summer, in which various parts of the Medina are turned into large canvases.
Asilah is on the main train line that runs south of Tangier. But make sure you get on the right train as not all stop on their way through. Alternatively, click to find out more about this guided tour of Asilah.
Tetouan is just over an hour drive, or bus ride east from Tangier. It sits in the Martil valley, with the central part of the city rolling down slopes of the Rif mountains and out to the Mediterranean.
Here you can visit the medina, which has more of a working vibe then a central tourist destination. With a lot of its inhabitants living and working within it. Tetouan also has large Jewish and Spanish quarters as Tetouan was once the capital of the Spanish protectorate of Morocco. Wherein you’ll find Mulay Mehdi square and the Church of Our Lady Victories, to list just a few.
Known as Morocco’s blue city, Chefchaouen is a 2 hour and 30 minute drive or bus ride from Tangier.
If you’re visiting for the day then the Medina has plenty to keep you occupied. Spend the day strolling the alleyways, hunting out that perfect photo, add in a little shopping, a stop into the Kasbah museum and if you want to stretch your legs, walk out to the Spanish Mosque.
Read our guide to Chefchaouen including how to take a day trip from Tangier – Top Things to do in Chefchaouen.
Quick 3 Day Itinerary to Tangier
There we go! So far we’ve shared with you the top things to do in Tangier… including some of the best beaches to visit, as well as possible day trips. Next up, I’ll explain how to best organise your 3 day itinerary in Tangier.
👇 And don’t forget to read on below, for our recommended top stays in Tangier!
Day 1 Itinerary in Tangier – Medina and Kasbah
Take your time wandering the streets of the Kasbah to start your day. Beginning at Bab Kasbah you’ll be able to meander along at your own pace, making your way slowly from top to bottom. Check out the Ibn Battuta Museum and tomb, walk the outer wall, darting in and out of smaller alleys. Photographing doorways and bougainvillea along the way, stop for the view at Bab al Bahr. Visit the Kasbah Museum and Museum of Contemporary Arts.
Then in the late afternoon or early evening, begin wandering the streets of the Medina. Once again take small alleyways left and right, admiring carpet shops, craft shops and boutique stores. Chat to locals, drink mint tea at the Petit Socco and enjoy Moroccan shopping.
Day 2 Itinerary in Tangier – Day Trip to Cape Spartel
Grab a taxi or collective and head to Cape Spartel for the day. Starting with a visit to the lighthouse and small museum, enjoy the views over the Atlantic Coast.
Then begin your walk down the hill towards the Atlantic Coast beaches. The walk is a pleasant one, easy to navigate and a nice way to see the cape. Fill a couple of hours sunbathing at a beach of your choice (we like Sol beach, but there are more further along).
Then before making the trip back to Tangier don’t miss the opportunity to see the Hercules Cave.
Day 3 Itinerary in Tangier – Beaches / Beyond the Medina
If the weather is right then why not check out some more of the local beaches in and around Tangier. Otherwise explore a few of the top things to do in Tangier that sit outside the Medina and Kasbah.
From the top of the Kasbah, heading away from Bab Kasbah, make your way towards the Phoenician Tombs and then on to Cafe Hafa for a mint tea. Find yourself a seat, anywhere you possibly can, and then take your time, admire the view and people watch!
Then either walk or take a taxi back to the Saint Andrew’s Church. Before making your way to the Grand Socco, to see the Cinema Rif. Stop into the fruit and veggie market, and then head back through the Medina for any last minute shopping or museum visits.
Where to Stay in Tangier
Below we recommend the best places to stay for a Tangier itinerary. If you’re backpacking and need budget, something mid-range or high-end and boutique, we’ve picked the best!
First up, we think the Medina is the best location to stay in Tangier. So we have concentrated on finding the best Medina stays for you, as this is where most of our main sights on our Top Things to Do in Tangier list are located. In which case, having accommodation that’s in walking distance is a must.
Also, we have tried to find unique riad or dar stays, which you should really do at least once while you’re in Morocco. Not sure what a riad is? Read this review of our riad stay in Essaouira.
Or read on for our top picks of places to stay for your Tangier itinerary!
Bayt Alice Hostel
For those travelling with backpacks, looking for a more communal experience to meet other travellers, then Bayt Alice would be our top choice.
Located in the Medina not far from the Tangier American Legation Museum, it’s the ideal location for those looking to explore.
With various rooms both private and shared dorms available, you have plenty to chose from. All rooms have a private bathroom attached, with access to the communal living room and terrace.
Family & Midrange Accommodation
If you’re travelling with kids then you need to know that finding a hotel with family rooms and high reviews isn’t easy. However, families are welcome at the beautiful Kasbah Rose, when booking two rooms.
Opened in 2015, this light and lovely guest house is situated at the top end of the medina on top of the old Kasbah walls. Providing amazing panoramic views from numerous angles.
It has five rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and seating areas, with a terrace and balcony available in two of the rooms.
Breakfast can also be included, depending on offers or can be arranged on request.
Family Apartment with Sea View
Alternatively, not far from the Medina is this highly reviewed, cute little apartment that can sleep a family of four.
In this cosy little place, you’ll be close to the main beach in Tangier and the medina. With a fully equipped kitchen you’ll also be able to self cater.
If you are travelling with a rental car, then you’ll be interested to know that there is free parking available. Overall the hosts are extremely helpful, and they have put a great deal of time and love into decorating and creating a pleasant experience for their guests.
Dar Nour – Mid-Range Accommodation
This is our pick for a mid-range but unforgettable couples getaway.
Dar Nour bed and breakfast is located at the top end of the medina, close to the Kasbah, museums and boutique shopping. All rooms are beautifully furnished with traditional Moroccan décor. Each room has an ensuite bathroom, with some of the rooms also including an additional seating area.
Included in your stay is a traditional Moroccan breakfast, featuring local specialties and seasonal favourites. There is a roof top terrace offering amazing views over the Medina, with sea views of the coastline. It also has a small massage room, a rooftop bar available on the terrace and Free WIFI throughout.
Riad Dar Saba – Saba’s House – Luxury Accommodation
This luxury boutique riad would be our premium pick for those looking for that something extra.
Opened in 2019, this art deco styled boutique hotel provides a total of four suites and two double rooms. These rooms have been named and themed after some of Tangiers most famous inhabitants and guests.
The hotel, provides a Mediterranean breakfast with room service also available. In the lounge you’ll find a grand piano and cocktail bar that serves tapas and snacks. And on the roof top terrace is a hammam.
It’s located at the northern end of the Medina, not far from the coastal rampart walls. Therefore, providing spectacular ocean views from its lavish roof top terrace. The perfect place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset with a glass in hand.
Map of the Top Things to Do in Tangier
Is Tangier Worth a Visit?
In short, YES!
This was our second visit to Tangier. Our latest being a week, on the back of a three month trip though Morocco. Admittedly our first Tangier itinerary was only a day trip from Tarifa in Spain. But it was an awesome introduction, and proved that a day trip to Tangier is also a great way to see this North Moroccan Medina.
During our three months we visited all the major destinations, including Marrakech, Fes, Essaouira, Chefchaouen and more. So you can’t help but compare it to the various other cities in Morocco and in all honesty Tangier holds its own.
So whether you only have a day, or a week, or you’re planning a Moroccan road trip, Tangier is definitely worth your time!
If you liked our itinerary and guide of top things to do in Tangier then you might like to read our other dedicated blogs in Morocco –
💙 Chefchaouen – Top Things to Do in the Blue Pearl
🛵 Marrakech – A Three Day Guide to Marrakech
👟 Fes – Two Days in Fes with our Awesome Self Guided Walking Tour
🏄♀️ Essaouira – A Complete Travel Guide to Essaouira
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Sharon Ward says
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