Despite a wave of development, Tangier still retains the raffish charm it enjoyed as an International Zone from 1912 to 1956. Its radiant light, picturesque medina and fine views over the straights of Gibraltar have attracted artists and writers from Matisse to Paul Bowles and the Beat poets.
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Tangier has a mythology all of its own. In part, this is derived from its strategic position on the edge of the Mediterranean. But mostly it comes from being a jumping off point for oddballs, eccentrics and migrants. It is neither Europe nor Africa, but somewhere in between. With the recent upsurge in trade and tourism, Tangier’s faded hotels, corniche and beach area are seeing a new lease of life. The Grand Socco, the entrance to the medina, is a great place to take stock of the city’s charms – and its characters.
The coastline around Tangier is being rapidly developed, with huge resorts springing up on the Mediterranean side. However, you can make an interesting day trip to the Hispanic enclave of Ceuta, a vestige of the Spanish empire complete with tapas and churches. To the west of Tangier, on the north-western tip of Africa, Cap Spartel is a great vantage point to sit and stare at the Atlantic. In the Roman times (and indeed until the voyages of exploration of the 15th century) this point, near the site of the fabled Pillars of Hercules, marked the limits of geographical knowledge. Outside, there was ne plus ultra: nothing further beyond.
Rural village life in this 3-room guest house set between rolling green hills and the sandy Rada Beach
Beautiful riad situated above Tangier at the highest poing of the Kasbah with views of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Wonderful decor in the true spirit of elegant Tangier.
The Lawrence of Morocco map displays the locations of the destinations and accommodation that we have selected and visited; for each item, hovering over or clicking the marker will display a short summary and photo of that place or hotel, and hotel pricing. Follow the links in the info box to the full page listing which has much more information.
Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.
When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.
We liked returning to the peace after the bustle of the Medina.
We had a lovely few days. Thank you. The Dar Ayniwen was very welcoming, particularly as we were given the top floor rooms with our own lovely sitting room.
Aziz the manager must be worth his wait in gold to the owners he was so charming, he could not have been more helpful never wilthout a smile and seemingly genuine ...
Freelance travel writer, Stephen Bayley, travelled to Fes with Lawrence of Morocco in April 2013, writing for the Independent.
When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.
The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.