With three days in Tangier, you’ll have the scope to fully explore this buzzing port city—from its palm-flanked boulevards and mazelike medina to its whitewashed Ville Nouvelle district and the parks, coastal viewpoints, and mountain and seaside towns that await nearby. Here are your options for spending three days in Tangier.
Spend today familiarizing yourself with Tangier’s sights. Take a walking tour around the spider’s-web-like medina and its casbah, where the former Sultan’s Palace has a museum charting the city’s history. Or take things easier with a private tour that transports you to landmarks such as the Great Mosque, Mendoubia Gardens, and Phoenician tombs—graves dug into a sea-facing rock plateau. Alternatively, take a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour to attractions such as Grand Socco square and the Place des Nations, from which you can take in the Ville Nouvelle’s art nouveau townhouses. Later, slow the pace with a camel ride along the beach or a private medina shopping tour with a guide to help you haggle for souvenirs. Finish with a drink at the legendary Café Hafa—a century-old meeting place perched on balconies overlooking the Mediterranean.
Today, use leftover time from your hop-on hop-off ticket—it’s valid for 48 hours—to ride the bus loop around the scenic region on the edge of Tangier. Alight at the oceanside Caves of Hercules, known for an Africa-shaped rock window; visit Cape Spartel to admire the Atlantic-and-Mediterranean panoramas from its French-built lighthouse; and hop off at woodland Perdicaris Park to ride camels. Back at base, switch your attention to Tangier’s gastronomy. Take a cooking lesson to learn how to create Moroccan tagines or couscous, or enjoy a guided food tour, pausing to sample local pastries and mint tea before dinner at a seafront restaurant.
On your last day, discover the blue-washed medina and 15th-century casbah of Chefchaouen, deep in the Rif Mountains; the UNESCO-protected medina of whitewashed Tetouan; or seaside Asilah, with an arty blue-and-white medina. Farther south along the Atlantic coast is Rabat, Morocco’s capital, sometimes overlooked by tourists but full of charm and historical sights. Take a full-day tour—many visit Asilah along the way—to see its pretty medina, whitewashed Kasbah Oudaya, and landmarks such as the 12th-century Hassan Tower.