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Tangier is a fascinating Moroccan city to visit. It has many of the things that travellers love--a sense of exotic mystery, interesting history, beautiful vistas, unspoiled beaches, and friendly people.
Tangier is an interesting mix of north Africa, Spain, Portugal and France. It is located in northern Morocco, and was under joint international control until 1956. Tangier is separated from Spain only by the 20 miles of the Strait of Gibraltar.
Frequent ferries make the short crossing from Europe each day, and many cruise ships sailing between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic often include Tangier as a port of call.
==Get in==
===By ferry===
Regarding the Crossing: is best to take the FRS ferry from Tarifa port.the first ferry departure from Tarifa-spain To Tangier-Morocco is at 9.00 AM and every 2 hours. from Tangier, the latest FRS ferry run back to Tarifa is at 22.00 PM. is far better to take the ferry from Tarifa port in order to dock in Tangier port situated in the City. when you take the ferry from [[Algeciras ]] you'll be arriving in Tangier new port(Tanger-Med) Situated in about 40 KM from Tangier(one hour each way from Tangier).
===By plane===
Tangier-Ibn Batouta Airport (TNG) is located 12 km (7.5 miles) from the city (travel time about 20 minutes). Taxi 100 Dh (10€) from Tangier, 150 Dh (15€) at night or from the airport to TangierVille (to train station: 120 Dh). At present Royal Air Maroc, easyJet, Ryanair, Iberia(Air Nostrum), Jet4youJetairfly, Air Berlingermanwings, Amsterdam Corendon Dutch Airlines, Corendon Airlines Transavia and Air Arabia Maroc fly here. All persons entering or leaving Morocco are required to complete an entry/exit card and non-residents are permitted to remain in Morocco for a total of 90 days.
Coming in by plane is the easiest and hassle free way of coming to Tangier: there are no touts at the airport and the prices of the taxis are more or less fixedby the government. Beware of long queues at passport controls before flights bound for the Schengen area. If you’re on a shoestring and need to get to the airport, take a grand taxi to Assilah (20Dh) or Gueznaia and exit when the road goes off to the airport (it's signposted). It’s only a short walk from there (1.8km). Coming from the airport, a grand taxi running into Tanger can be easily caught at the crossing.
===By rail===
===By car or motorcycle===
When coming into Tangier by car, be careful of hustlers on motorbikes who will ride alongside you and attempt all manner of dodginess.  You can come by car by ferry from [[Algeciras]] and [[Tarifa]] in [[Spain]] or through the Spanish enclave of Ceuta (reached by ferry from Algeciras and ports in Spain). The ferry crossing varies from 1 hour to 3 hours. Shortest and cheapest will be from Tarifa to/from Tangier taking around 40 min. Tarifa is probably the most laid-back option as far as ports are concerned.  Coming by car or motorcycle can be a daunting process especially if you are new to Morocco. You have to complete a temporary import form for the customs ("Douane" in French). Sometimes this is done on the ferry (usually in the busy summer months) and at other times at arrival in Tangier. Like at the airport all persons entering Morocco also have to complete an entry/exit card. The Police and the Customs will both search your car - often not together so you need to be patient.  In recent years, things have improved considerably for tourists and you are not likely to be bothered too much but you will have to go through all the formalities of bringing your car into Morocco like everyone else. You can only bring your car in for 6 months in any one year. You are not allowed to leave it in Morocco unless you are prepared to pay the tax for the car which can be up to three times the actual cost of the car. This applies even if your car breaks, but if your car is written off, you will need to notify the customs authorities to avoid paying tax on a car as an import. There are strict regulations on bringing a car. For example, customs will not allow someone else to the leave the country with a car entered under someone else's name. Exceptions applied for relatives. You must have "green card" insurance for your vehicle when driving/riding in Morocco. You can get this insurance from many companies in Europe, or in Morocco at the port in Tangiers. If you are stopped, you must show this insurance to the police. (Police have had a recent directive not to hassle tourists, so you may not be stopped at all, but still you'd better have the insurance in the unlikely event of an accident.) If you do not have insurance from your home country, then local insurance can be purchased at small insurance booths situated at the port. The insurance companies are reasonably reputable and will pay out if you have an accident. Note that this insurance policy has limitations and you are likely to have much more comprehensive cover from insurers from your own country. Most European insurers will cover Morocco and many include it under their standard level of European cover. Contact details for Moroccan customs (Douane) are::Administration des Douanes et Impôts Indirects, :Avenue Annakhil, Centre des Affaires, Hay Riad, Rabat:Tél : +212 (0)537717800/01 - +212 (0)537579000:Fax : +212 (0)537717814/15:Email : [email protected]: Web site: [http://www.douane.gov.ma] It's recommended to contact the above authority, if needed, in either Arabic or French. Motorcyclists will benefit from the vast amount of information in the Morocco Knowledge base for BMW GS'ers in the UK. [http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php?p=818831]  If you have problems with your motorcycle in Morocco, Peter at Bikers Home [http://www.bikershome.net/] in Ouarzazate can help you get it back in working condition or by trailer to a ferry back to Europe.
===By bus===
Tangier has two long distance bus stations. The first, at the CTM offices near the port, is the arrival point of most CTM buses. Some other CTM buses, and those from other companies, arrive at the station on Place Jamia el-Arabia.
* C.T.M. - Place d’ Espagne. Gare routière - Tel. 00212 (0)39 931 172 - CTM website [http://www.ctm.co.ma]* TRAMESA , 29. Av. Youssef Ben Tacheffine. Tel. 00212 (0)39 943 348 - Tramesa website [http://wwwperso.tramesamenara.ma/tramesa07/]
===By boat===
The port is located beside the ''Medina'', and a few hundred metres from the ''ville nouvelle''. (Note that Port of Tangier, and Port of [[Tanger Med]] are different ports. Port of Tangier is normally served from Tarifa, Spain; and Tanger Med, the new commercial port, is served from Algeciras, Spain. Tanger Med is the French spelling, which is used in road signs and in GPS maps.) Although the government has been partially successful in reducing the number of touts, money changers, taxi drivers and ''faux guides'' hassling people arriving by boat, expect to be mobbed. Look like you know where you're going, politely refuse any offers of help or ignore the "the fake guides" completely, or if you really feel like you need to escape jump in a taxi to escape the throng; just make sure that the taxi driver is no worse than the mob you are trying to escape. The taxi rank is inside the port area - you are likely to be mobbed by requests from many drivers. There is no queuing system - just take the taxi which you have agreed a fare with and are comfortable with. The blue coloured petit taxis are substantially cheaper and used more by locals and are preferable to the cream coloured grande taxis who are mostly unmetered. The grande taxis generally also will still try and charge you more even if you have agreed price, be insistent and get all your change back.
There are many fast hydrofoils daily on FRS Ferry Serice [http://www.frs.es] from Tarifa in Spain for about 37 Euros one way , or 67 Euros round-trip (as of November 2010). Several times a day there are also fast Balearia ferries [http://www.balearia.com] from Algeciras, Spain to the new [[Tangier-Med ]] Port (25 miles from downtown Tangier) for 29.50 Euros one-way or 62.50 Euros round-trip (as of November 2010). Passengers should be aware that the boats often run slower than the advertized time (because they depart later than scheduled time or simply take longer to get across). So give yourself an ample time cushion (1 hour minimum) if you plan to catch another transportation after you get off the ferry. For example, one speed catamaran between Tangier and Tarifa advertizes one hour travel time between Tanger and Algeciras on their brochure (35-minute boat travel between Tangier and Tarifa, then 15-minute bus travel from Tarifa to Algeciras), but in reality, this trip will take over 2 hours. Example: the boat frequently leave later (by 15-30 minutes) than the scheduled time, then once at Tarifa, the bus does not depart until everyone on the boat clears customs (which takes 30-45 minute), then the bus will take 20-25 minutes to travel from Tarifa to Algericas.
==Get around==
*'''Musée d'Art Contemporain de la Ville de Tanger'''
*'''The Kasbah Museum''', the former Sultan's palace deserves to be seen not only for it's its collection of artefacts from the Phoenician to modern times, but also for the building and garden. There is a small entry fee for entrance (10 Moroccan Dirham or about $1USD) and varying opening times winter and summer.
==Do==
*Go to the '''souk''' on Thursday or Sunday mornings to see the '''Rif mountain women''' in their colorful costumes selling their produce and dairy products all along the wall of the '''St. Andrew's Church(English Church)'''.
* Visit '''Casa Barata.''' You can take a shared grand taxi from the staion just next to English Church. It's just 5 minutes ride by taxi and the fare is 3 Dhs each person. It's a vast market which sells literally everything. You never know what you'll discover there.
* Visit '''Hercules Cave (Grottes d'Hercules).'''[http://bluedoorhotel.com/2012/04/11/visiting-the-caves-of-hercules-in-tangier-morocco/] The caves of Hercules, located just 14kms west of Tangiers, are a place of stunning natural beauty and great archeological significance. Apparently, this is where the mythical figure, Hercules, used to rest after finishing his 12 labours. The cave also bears a mirror image resemblance to the continent of Africa. Get there by taxi costing about 160-200 dirham and takes about 15 minutes. It costs 10 dirham to get into the cave, do not bother with a tour guide. The cave is within a kilometer of a beautiful sandy beach (Plage Achkar), great for sunbathing or swimming. Buy bread and fruit before you leave, pack a picnic, and make a day of it.
==Buy==
Most brasswork is made in other towns but is available here. Leather goods are also available. Stay away from the tourist traps and you may find the price quite agreeable. There is a infamous market in Tangier called "casa barata" (the house of cheap things) - there are bargains to be had here but be wary of forgeries and stolen goods (these are sold alongside vegetables, electronics, clothing, shoes, spices, carpets, ironmongery and everything else one can think of!). There are other markets notably the souk in the medina (mainly vegetables, clothes and tourist items) and in Ben Mekada (vegetables). The latter does not cater for tourists at all and is known as one of the "rough spots" of Tangier and back in the 1980's there were bread riots here.
Colorful leather slippers with pointed toes are great gifts to take home and cost about 600D a pair, more if they have soles suitable for walking outside. If you can bargain, especially with some Arabic, you can get the same shoes for 100DH - a typical price for a Moroccan customer. Mens and womens clothing can be had for reasonable prices too, in the medina.
==Eat==
* San Remo (Italian) - located near the town centre
* Pagoda (Chinese) - located near the town centre
* Sable d'or (Indian) - located on the beachfront, Ave Mohamed VI
* Continental Hotel (continental)
* Marhaba (Moroccan)
* Brahim Abdelmalek (Fast food) - a fabulous and cheap sandwich of kefta, egg, fries on a baguette at around 14 Dhs. It's located on Rue Mexique, just a block away from Terrasse des Paresseux
* Many cafes also serve snacks and many bars on the beachfront serve tapas
 
* <eat name="Saveurs de poissons - Chez Poppeye" alt="" address="Escalier Waller, 2" directions="Close to rue de la Liberté and hôtel El-Minzah, GPS +35.78258°,-5.81247°" phone="+212 5 39 33 63 26" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="100­~150 Dh">Excellent seafood and fish restaurant. Fruit juice is also a speciality.</eat>
===Street Food===
Fresh fruit juices are sold by street vendors during the summer months. The cafes also serve fresh juices and often have what is called a panache - a mix of fruit juices often with milk, apple and almond - try it - its delicious.
*<drink name="Cafe El-Hafa" alt="" address="" directions="Near avenue Hadj Mohamed Tazi, GPS +35.79133°,-5.82175°" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="+35.79133" long="-5.82175">Nice view on the Straits of Gibraltar. Drink tea while looking at boats passing by. Hard to find but worth it.</drink>
==Sleep==
===Budget===
There are an enormous number of small boats hotels and hostels in or near the medina. (50 - 300 Dh) * '''Hotel Royal''' [http://hotel-royal-tanger.blogspot.com/] Right up the hill from the port entrance, on the way up to the medina. Rooms w shared bath start around 200Dh (09/2012). Three doors down from Pension Miami where you will pay 80Dh for a much worse room and extra 10Dh if you want a hot shower. Hotel Royal is spotless, steaming showers, hot water sinks in room, very nice atmosphere, also has Wifi and a nice satellite tv in the lobby.
* Ave des FAR. Biarritz, Family and others.
* Rue de la Liberation, between the Grand Socco and av. Pasteur: '''Pension Gibraltar ''' (150 Dh the triple, free hot shower), just in front of the 5* boat Hotel El Minzah.
* Rue Sahab Eddine El Ayoubi. Packed with them: '''Valencia''', '''Madrid''', '''Miami''', '''Detroit''', '''Atou ''' and others.
* In the medina go near the Zoco Chico, there are the Becerra, Fuentes and a whole lot more. Try also the street which starts on the stairs of the La Gitana restaurant, on the port entrance to the medina, and the area around the Petit Socco just in the center of the Medina.
* There are also a lot of small hotels at the port, which is walking distance to both the medina and the new city. To find these little hotels you exit the port of Tangiers and in about 100 meters you'll see the '''Hotel Biarritz ''' (white with hand-lettering in blue). Turn right up the rutted, dirty little alleyway next to it (yes, this is a street) and wind your way uphill to find several small hotels off the main drag on the unmarked Avenue Magellan.
* '''Magellan Hotel ''' is one of the hotels here, quiet and very basic, hot showers, has a garage for your car or motorcycle, and costs 150D/night w/20D for parking. Front rooms 2nd floor have Bay of Tangiers view and cooling breeze.
===Mid-range===
==Stay safe==
Generally, Tangier is a very safe city compared with many places in Europe. The only trouble you may encounter is the persistent touts whom you should ignore, or the con-men ready to fleece you, and you will encounter these almost exclusively in the medina. These are even worse than in other parts of Morocco. Some of them are absolute scum. There are policemen everywhere and you will probably feel safer than at home.
Dressing like a local - as opposed to white shorts, shoes, and a backpack - will help you blend in and get good reception from merchants, who will often quote you actual prices instead of inflated tourist prices. There are lots of expats in this city that speaks Spanish first, then English and then French. A polite no thank you and then simply ignoring touts does get rid of them.
If you are lost in the medina, you can easily find your way out by going uphill (souk/English church/Nouvelle Village) or down (port). Kids and young men may ask you for money to lead you out (a couple of diramsdirham or two), or to the Cafe Central, but if you are asked if you are lost and do not want help, say "Yes, but happily," and usually that gets a laugh and solitude.
Tangier is a safe place for solo women travelers.
You can buy train, bus and ferry tickets at the stations and ports listed above, although you may find it easier to purchase ferry tickets from travel agents rather than face the gauntlet of touts at the port. If you plan on leaving by ferry, it is important to note that the ferries to Algeciras often do not follow a set schedule, and departure times can change even within a day of having purchased tickets. One alternative is to take a fast ferry to Tarifa, because these are more likely to run on time and at least one of the companies provides a free bus to the port at Algeciras. You can also flag ''grand taxis'' at the major bus stations and ferry port.
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