Step off your flight in Tangier and let the spices and aromas guide you to the center of town, where old meets new, and ancient and modern civilizations blend. Tangier is one of Morocco’s most visited countries and a travel stop-over for many travelers vacationing in Morocco. But don’t let this sensual city pass you by – take some time and savor the scents before boarding your Tangier flight for other Morocco destinations.
Upon arriving in Tangier, tourists are immediately bombarded by the chaos of the Kasbah. Take a stroll through the Kasbah for great food and great bargains on Moroccan jewelry, pottery and spices. Keep your wits about you – the Kasbah is also a great maze of culture. There are tiny alley ways that connect streets and villages within the Kasbah and it’s easy to get lost along the way. If your flight to Tangier wasn’t exciting enough, hop on a camel and view Tangier from a higher level. Enjoy some authentic Morocco food and take a stroll along the beaches of Morocco. The crystal-blue waters lead to the straits of Gibraltar and on a clear day, tourists can see all the way to Spain.
Tangier is nothing if not exciting. Whether you’re engaged by snake charmers, musicians, street vendors, carpet makers or camel owners, there’s something for everyone in Tangier. Before you know it, you’ll be rocking the Kasbah before boarding your Tangier flight back home.
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Tempered by ocean currents and sea breezes, Tangier’s climate typically stays between 60 and 70 degrees F year round, making any month a great time to book flights to Tangier. It receives only 38 inches of rainfall a year, and unless you’re booking your Tangier flight between October and December, you may never see a drop of the wet stuff.
Best Time to Fly to Tangier
Book flights to Tangier in the summer months between June and September to ensure optimum outdoor exposure. Cheap flights to Tangier can be found any time of the year if you plan in advance however, if you travel to Tangier during Ramadan you might find less tourist opportunity.
Peak Season: Although it keeps a mild climate all year round, most vacationers book Tangier flights between the months of June, July, and September to spend as much time outside walking, shopping, and sightseeing as possible.
Off-peak Season: Winters in Tangier can be chilly, so if you’re booking a cheap flight to Tangier during cold months, bring warm clothing and prepare to bundle up, even inside buildings. Less people visit during Ramadan (the ninth month on the Muslim calendar) because some restaurants and cafes close, but it’s also a great time to find cheap flights to Tangier.
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Getting around Tangier
To best experience Tangier, lace up your walking shoes and set out on foot. There are lots of alleyways and places in the medina only accessible by foot, so walking will provide the best vantage point. Don’t rent a car. You’ll thank yourself when you see other clueless tourists lost in a maze of one-way streets and narrow alleys. If you just can’t walk another step, mini buses will take you around the city while regular buses can take you out to the suburbs. Be aware that any bus will take you longer though, since they have to make all of their stops along the way. You can also hail a petit taxi, usually colored blue or green, from the sidewalk. It’s not unusual for the driver to pick up additional passengers along the way, so you may share a ride with up to two other people. For travel outside the city limits or to the airport, you can hire a Grands taxi, which you will not be expected to share.
Tangier Travel Information
- Kasbah: The Kasbah’s coastal location serves as a military and political center for the city. Within the walls stands the royal palace called Dar El Makhezen, where mosaics, manuscripts, calligraphy, and ceramics fill rooms with stucco plasterwork and beautifully painted ceilings. If you didn’t get enough of a view on your flight to Tangier, head straight to the Kasbah;s Bab Bhar gate for a majestic view of the Bay of Tangier and the Straits of Gibraltar. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Spain.
- Musee de la Fondation Lorin: What once was an old synagogue is now a museum dedicated to the collection of pictures and memorabilia of Tangier from the 1940’s to the 1960’s. Black and white photographs reflect the changing times in Morocco, from bustling street life of the poor to worldwide dignitaries such as Mohammed V, Hassah II, and Sir Winston Churchill. The second floor is dedicated entirely to an art gallery filled with works created solely by local children. Sponsored by Marisha Lorin (founder of the Lorin Foundation and resident of Tangier), this touching display is undoubtedly one for the top of your Tangier travel list.
- Beaches: Stroll along the sand and see for yourself where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. Most beaches in Tangier are clean and perfect for playing catch, taking a walk, or meeting locals through a pickup football game. Bars, changing cabins, showers, and deckchairs can be found almost anywhere along the waterfront for your convenience.
- Gran Teatro De Cervantes: Situated beneath the Terrasse des Paresseux in Ville Nouvelle on a windy little side street, the Gran Teatro De Carvantes is the perfect place for a little Spanish influence in your Tangier travel. Opened in 1913, the theater was largely popular between the wars and gestures the days passed with its art deco façade. For a blast from the past, it won’t disappoint.