Explore the medina, new town and view the Atlantic ocean from the Cap Spartel.
Departure from Rabat at 7.30am for the 3hour drive to Tangier.
Tangier retains its powerful charm to this day: from the previously nefarious alleys in the Petit Socco area to the many café terraces which are more than ever avant-gardist.
Medina: Tangier medina has always fascinated artists: Eugène Delacroix, Henri Matisse, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, Jean Genet…and many others. The old Mendoub Palace, built in 1929, situated to the North of the medina, is now a mansion for foreign VIPs. The museum of the old American Legation is in the Southern extremity. Paintings are on display and one room is dedicated to the American writer Paul Bowles.
Leave the medina by Grand Socco Square, a lively spot in the evening, and enter the new town to enjoy a pleasant walk in the Mendoubia Park situated north of Grand Socco Square. A giant banyan tree and a dragon tree, alleged to be 800 years old, highlight the visit. Take rue de la Liberté, a shopping thoroughfare, to the Place de France which is the heart of the modern town. There are the celebrated Grand Café de Paris and the El Minzah Hotel which both were haunts of the famous names of arts and literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This spot is still very fashionable. There is an amazing view of the medina and the port and bay of Tangier from Faro Square with its canons. The mythical Hafa café overlooks the Strait of Gibraltar from the top of the cliff.
1pm: Break for lunch
Continue to Cap Spartel, a headland about 12km from Tangier, ideal for admiring the Atlantic Ocean. On the way, stop to visit the Hercules Cave. According to legend, this mythical Greek half-god rested here after digging the Strait of Gibraltar. Close by is there restored Roman town of Cotta with ruins of a temple and hot-baths.
4pm: return to Rabat
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