26 Best Things To Do In Tangier, Morocco - Updated 2021

things to do in tangier morocco

Meet the wonderful Moroccan City located in the northwestern parts of the exotic country. Tangier is actually quite a major city that’s directly situated on the Maghreb coast leading to the precise point where the Atlantic Ocean meets the vast Mediterranean Sea. Naturally, this is hardly the most interesting feature of this blooming city in Morocco. The most charming moments are more thrilling than what you’ve seen in your wildest dreams given the rich history of Tangier. Stay with us if you’d love to explore the city’s riches, even if only virtually. Check out our list of the best things to do in Tangier, Morocco.

1. Experience an exciting camel ride on Tangier Beach (from USD 110.0)

If you are visiting Tangier with your family or a big group of friends, you might like to book this excellent tour by Airbnb. It is a five-hour-long escapade that ten people can join. Plus, the itinerary is planned for you which is ideal for tourists who have no idea where to start their Tangier vacation. The main attraction of the tour is the camel ride experience on a stunning Mediterranean beach, but let’s not overlook the other exciting things planned for you. You will get to visit a city mosque, a kasbah, the king’s palace, the legendary cave of Hercules, Medina, Mendoubia Gardens, and more.

Camel Ride on Tangier Beach

Duration: 5 hours

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2. Fall in love with Moroccan contemporary art at Medina Art Gallery

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Indulge in Tangier’s vibrant art scene and visit its most iconic museums and galleries. Medina Art Gallery showcases pristine and modern interiors and serves as a creative space for people with a deep appreciation for contemporary arts. It displays different masterpieces, mostly paintings, sculptures, pieces of jewelry, and artisan products from Moroccan artists. Some are only for display, while there are pieces available for sale. Some creations you will find here are works of Ahmed Al Barrak, Faissal Ben Kiran, Mohamed Hamri, Mohamed Melehi, and others.

Medina Art Gallery

Address: Rue Antaki, Tanger, Morocco

Website: Medina Art Gallery

Opening hours: 10am - 1pm, 4pm - 7;30pm (daily)

3. Visit the 20th-century Gran Teatro Cervantes

Gran Teatro Cervantes
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An architectural wonder built by the Spanish in 1913, Gran Teatro Cervantes is a 20th-century entertainment venue constructed in honor of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - a renowned Spanish writer. This landmark may look dilapidated, but it has survived the test of time and has undergone minor refurbishments. Although it is no longer operational, tourists visit this place to see its vintage features, including the stage and audience’s seats.

Gran Teatro Cervantes

Address: Tangier, Morocco

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

4. Learn how to cook Moroccan food in this four-hour cooking class (from USD 71.0)

Food trips are definitely a huge part of any vacation. Level up your regular escapade and pick up a new skill while in Tangier through this exciting Morocco cooking class by Airbnb. It is a four-hour activity with lots of cooking and meeting new friends. The host will teach you some of the most delicious Moroccan specialties that you can bring home to surprise your family and friends such as bastilla (Moroccan pie), chicken cushion, and couscous royal, to name a few. This cooking class starts with ingredient shopping at the public market, where you can score some flavorful spices. Be sure to buy extra as you might not be able to easily find them in your hometown.

Morocco Food Cooking Class

Duration: 4 hours

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5. Swing by Lorin Foundation Museum

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It is a known fact that Tangier is a city with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant art scene. One testament to that is the fascinating Lorin Foundation Museum. Nestled on Rue Es-Siaghine, it is an old synagogue and an art museum in one. In fact, it is known as the oldest synagogue in the whole Tangier. It is a two-story building that features exhibits of different aspects of everyday life in the city including politics, sports, and history. Here, you will find old newspapers, photographs, contemporary paintings, and artifacts.

Lorin Foundation Museum

Address: 44 Rue Touahine, Tanger, Morocco

Opening hours: Sun - Fri: 11am - 1pm, 3:30pm - 7:30pm (closed on Sat)

6. Admire the beauty of Grand Mosque of Tangier

Grand Mosque of Tangier street view
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Located in the old Medina, Grand Mosque of Tangier is the main mosque of the city. Its overall facade was completed between 1817 and 1818 and features a stunning Alaouite architectural style. Although it began construction in the 17th century, many religious structures used to stand on the same ground. Two of them were the Roman Temple of Hercules and a church. Grand Mosque of Tangier features exteriors and interiors that are mostly made from brick, wood, and stucco, giving it a quintessential charm.

Grand Mosque of Tangier

Address: Rue Siaghine, Tangier, Tanger-Tétouan Morocco

7. Browse through the exhibits at Galerie Dar D'Art

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Posted by Galerie Dar D'Art on Monday, March 2, 2020

Your Tangier holiday will not be complete without visiting the fascinating Galerie Dar D'Art. This center features contemporary masterpieces, Moroccan art, and stunning photography exhibits. Many artists contributed to the displays found at Galerie Dar D'Art. Some of this museum’s most successful exhibits are works of Abdel Mohcine Nakari, Abdelkader Melehi, Damien Bonnaud, Ion Aprodu, Jean Pierre Favre, Mourad Benkirane, and more.

Galerie Dar D'Art

Address: Address: 6, rue Khalil Metrane, ground floor n ° 5 Tanger / Tanger Maroc

Website: Galerie Dar D'ArtGalerie Dar D'Art

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 1pm, 3:30pm - 7pm (closed on Sun)

8. Check out Tomb of Ibn Batouta

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Known as the resting place of Ibn Battuta, Tomb of Ibn Batouta is one of the many interesting and historic landmarks you will find in Tangier. Ibn Battuta was a renowned Moroccan adventurer born in 1304. He traveled to many parts of the world, including Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. The tomb can be found in Medina. Although it is not the most-visited attraction in Tangier as it is locked and people are not allowed entry, many historians and history buffs swing by to check it out from a distance.

Tomb of Ibn Batouta

Address: Rue Ibn Batouta, Tanger, Morocco

9. Visit the Andalusian-styled Moshe Nahon Synagogue

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One of the most majestic and opulent architectural wonders in Tangier is Moshe Nahon Synagogue. It was built in Medina by Moïse Nahon in the 19th century. Although it was once a Jewish assembly hall, it now serves as a museum after its restoration in 1994. The interiors of Moshe Nahon Synagogue boasts Andalusian style with embedded column bases, stucco walls, and floral accents. Its main attraction is its lovely prayer area with vintage furniture. Another feature that you should not miss at the museum is the gallery upstairs that houses items valuable to the Jewish community.

Moshe Nahon Synagogue

Address: Rue Cheikh al Harrak, Tanger, Morocco

10. Go sightseeing with Tangier Old Town Walking Tour (from USD 28.0)

If you are the type of tourist who enjoys sightseeing and city walks, this Tangier Old Town walking tour package by Viator is perfect for you. The adventure starts on Tangier’s eastern side. Before you get there, you will be treated to picture-perfect views of La Corniche along the way. The ride stops on the bustling boulevard overlooking the Spanish coast. Iberia, Cape Spartel, Hercules Caves, the 15th-century kasbah are some of the stops you can expect throughout this five-hour-long adventure.

Tangier Old Town Walking Tour (Minimum 4 people)

Duration: 3 to 5 hours

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11. Plan an exciting food tour of Tangier

Moroccan tanjine
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Planning an exciting itinerary for your Tangier holiday? Be sure to include a food tour as the city boasts delicious fare and an abundance of fantastic dining spots. Be sure to sample Morocco’s famous b'ssara, tajine, chermoula, harira, and other traditional meals. Restaurant Al Maimouni, Restaurant Rif Kebdani, Chez Hassan Bab Kasbah, and El Morocco Club are a few excellent Morrocan dining spots that you should not miss while vacationing in the city.

12. Learn about Moroccan culture and cuisine (from USD 94.0)

You will never fully understand Tangier’s culture if you don’t try its traditional food. If you like learning about cultures and you are a big fan of food trips, you might want to join this joyful food culture tour by Viator. It is a three-hour adventure that includes transport services. Through this tour, you will not only get a glimpse of the city’s culture but also make friends with the locals. You will acquire tips about Moroccan specialties and the ways of preparing them. The best part? You will try as many dining spots as possible in the destination. The escapade will take place at Tangier Ville Port; a special breakfast is included in the fee.

Tangier Food Tour | Tangier Food Cultural Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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13. Shop till you drop at Grand Socco

Grand Socco Tangier
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Grand Socco is one of the many vibrant places in Tangier. Art, culture, cuisine, and history merge in this bustling area. It is a large bazaar for shopaholics and foodies, filled with local shops and excellent eateries. When shopping, be sure to ready your bargaining skills as the vendors here give good discounts to friendly tourists. Also, prepare a list of local culinary delights that you plan to try so you wouldn’t miss a single one. If you are not dining or shopping, you may take a seat on any of the benches in the plaza and enjoy unwinding and people-watching.

Grand Socco

Address: Place du 9 Avril 1947, Tanger, Morocco

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

14. Explore the American Legation in Tangier

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It’s time for some history classes! Are you curious to know more about the American legacy left in Tangier being such a distant and exotic destination? If so, then now you’ve got the chance to jump deep into the mind-blowing facts about the noteworthy American landmark located in the beautiful and picturesque city of Tangier. Upon entering, you’d able to explore numerous features, such as the speeches from 1947 covering topics varying from the Women’s Independence to the access to education as it was back in the days.

Back to school: explore the rich American legacy left in the lovely Moroccan City and broaden your horizons with interesting facts covering its deep-rooted history.

American Legation

Address: Rue d'Amerique, Tanger

Website: American Legation

15. Stop by the archeological museum Dar el Makhzen

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Posted by Bayley Brill on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Regarded as another heavily crowded tourist spot, the world-recognized landmark Dar el Makhzen is indeed one of the most significant buildings keeping the memory of the city’s grand past alive. The archeological museum is situated near the famous Kasbah Square in Tangier. If you’re wondering about the specifics surrounding this historical place of great importance to the locals, keep in mind that the palace of Dar el Makhzen is believed to have been the residence of the last Moroccan sultan.

Enjoy the grand palace: today, the ancient palace excites with its unique carved ceilings and magnificent garden. Come around and cherish its glamor!

Dar el Makhzen

Address: near the Kasbah Square, Tangier

16. Visit "Cape Malabata" in Tangier

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Posted by Mourad Mourad on Monday, 1 May 2017

Apart from its wide variety of ancient and worthwhile landmarks, the gorgeous city of Tangier, Morocco, can also offer its international tourists a memorable experience at the city’s lighthouse named Cape Malabata. As an example of a really crowded spot in the Moroccan City, the Capa Malabata is also known as Punta Malabata facing the Strait of Gibraltar. The Moroccan cape is located about 6 km (3.7 miles) away from the city as the cape houses a magical ancient palace and a lighthouse.

Come around: don’t miss the chance to explore the 20th-century medieval looking castle and the local lighthouse. It’s definitely worth the walk!

Cape Malabata

Address: Tangier-Tetouan, Morocco

17. Sign up for a tour of the extraordinary Caves of Hercules

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Posted by Zakaria Zakkaria Taghzout on Saturday, 20 May 2017

In truth, the recognizable Caves of Hercules are actually one of the most interesting locations in and around the charming Moroccan City. Legends have it that many stories were told within the world-known Caves of Hercules as the famous tourist attraction gathers hundreds of thousands of visitors year-round. Curiously enough, the Caves of Hercules are also considered one of the city’s best highlights linked to Greek mythology. Many believe that Hercules would actually sleep in those Grottoes before completing his 12 labors given to him by King Eurystheus of Tiryns.

Meet the Grottoes aka Caves: of course, you don’t have to believe in myths and legends to come around here as well. The Caves of Hercules are certainly quite a view anyway. Don’t miss it!

Caves of Hercules

Address: Cap Spartel, Tangier, Morocco

18. Browse through unique exhibits at Kasbah Museum

Posted by Musée la Kasbah des cultures méditerranéennes on Thursday, 2 March 2017

Situated in the Dar el Makhzen, Kasbah Museum is believed to be the sultan’s palace which features a magnificent conventional courtyard garden. Along with its undeniably gorgeous looks and fancy garden, the noteworthy Kasbah Museum features unique exhibits reflecting upon the rich culture and history of the Moroccan City. Indeed, the exhibits at the lavish museum start with the prehistory of the city as it continues with the Islamic dynasties back in the days.

Kasbah awaits you: come on in and have a look at the ancient exhibits keeping the deep-rooted history of Tangier simply intact.

Kasbah Museum

Address: Place de la Kasbah, Tanger 90030

Website: Kasbah Museum

19. Marvel at the extraordinary architecture of Kasbah De Tanger

Kasbah de Tanger
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Situated on the very northern tip of the Moroccan country, the maritime city is quite heavily enriched with prominent locations and unique tourist attractions sparking up any visitor’s curiosity. A fine example of that is the Kasbah De Tanger - its ramparts date from the 13th-century as the building itself was erected upon the highest city points just above the Medina.

Don’t skip it: the eminent Kasbah De Tanger impresses with its extraordinary architecture, keeping its original designs almost to perfection.

Kasbah De Tanger

Address: Tanger (Tanja), Morocco

Website: Kasbah De Tanger

20. Take a walk through history at Instituto Cervantes


Posted by Instituto Cervantes de Tánger, Marruecos on Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Meet the Instituto Cervantes aka the world-famous Exhibition Hall which is actually another immensely desired location by international tourists and locals alike. The institute, or the library, provides juicy details and surveyed info on the cultural and linguistic development of Latin America and Spain. As such, the institute has become one of the oldest libraries founded abroad as it covers the Hispanic world quite at length. Take a walk through the history of the Hispanic cultural and linguistic development through the decades.

Instituto Cervantes

Address: 99 Av. Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, Tangier

Website: Instituto Cervantes

21. Explore the old town aka Medina of Tangier

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Being in the wonderful and quite exotic city of Tangier and not exploring the world-famous Medina is surely the greatest mistake one could ever make. In Arabic, Medina translates as the Old Town or the ancient city quarters. In our case, the Medina excites with its narrow streets, and lovely areas filled with shops and cozy cafes as well. From there, one could rejoice in contemplating the magnificent views of the port and the sea.

Enjoy the Medina: note that one part of Medina is dedicated to providing housing options for all tourists while other sections are primarily focused on the commercial center areas including a nice range of cozy souvenir shops, etc. Enjoy it!

Medina of Tangier

Address: Old town quarters of Tangier, Morocco

22. Enjoy total relaxation at Cap Spartel

Faro de Cabo Espartel
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If you’re looking for a lovely and secluded place outside of the city, then you’ve certainly found your favorite new spot for total relaxation and leisure. Meet the Cap Spartel being the Moroccan extreme northwest corner, offering beautiful scenery and solitude. The city’s attraction is also known as the African cape of the Vines, perching up above a rocky coast.

Stop by the Cape of the Vines: The summit indeed opens breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

23. Breathe in the fresh air at Parc Perdicaris

Posted by Hanae Bekkari on Saturday, 26 November 2016

Lovely sunset views, tranquility and greenery - what more could a tourist want out of a park anyway? Exactly. It’s time to restore the energy and blend with nature. Park Perdicaris is everything you’d need after a long walk through the city’s best features including ancient and symbolical landmarks, palaces, museums and other buildings of a high significance.

Enjoy a quiet walk: Say goodbye to the daily stress and pandemonium stemming from the busy city. Roam through the park and become one with nature.

Parc Perdicaris

Address: Tangier, Morocco

Website: Parc Perdicaris

24. Have fun in the sun at Dalia Beach

Dalia Beach is outside of the city but taxis are available to take you there and the drive is about 45 minutes. It’s close to Port Med and the views of the Atlantic and Mediterranean are beautiful, If you are lucky and get a clear day you can see right across to Spain. The beach has blue boats and these are taken out by local fishermen. The beach is clean with no litter. There’s not much in the settlement around the beach so take along a nice picnic basket, a blanket and whatever you need to laze on the beach. However, there are some cafes that sell food and refreshments nearby. It’s fun to walk the beach even if the water is cold. The beach is quiet in comparison to others, so is ideal for a break from the busier areas of Morocco. It’s the best type of unspoiled beach with no crowds if you love the seaside. But, it is becoming more popular in summer, so during that time of the year, get there early.

Dalia Beach

Address: Route de Fnidek, Tangier 90000, Morocco

25. Snap some selfies at Terrasse des Paresseux

The Terrasse des Paresseux is up on the hills in Tangier and provides some of the best views of Spain. On a clear day, you can see right across to Gibraltar. The viewing platform is worth visiting to snap some selfies in front of the lovely vista. You’ll find a set of old cannons facing out over the bay. The platform is conveniently located within walking distance of the Grand Cafe de Paris and a local perfume shop. It is not the most spectacular view in the world, but it’s a nice place to stop while strolling around checking out the shops in the area. The views from up there allow you to see the size of the city and see how it’s expanded over the years. Relax and chill alongside the young people and other travelers who gather there.

Terrasse des Paresseux

Address: Boulevard Pasteur, Tangiers

26. Go on a scenic horseback riding adventure (from USD 41.0)

go on a scenic horseback riding adventure

Enjoy a wonderful horseback riding experience at the luxurious Mnar Castle on your Tangier vacation. Book this excellent hour-long activity by Airbnb. With help from a professional instructor, you will be able to learn how to properly ride a horse in the scenic landscapes surrounding the palace. Your company will be a friendly Berber or an Arabian horse. This experience becomes more exciting when you catch a glimpse of Spain from your location.

Tangier: 1-Hour Horseback Riding Experience for Beginners

Duration: 1 hour

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What to expect

Come around - the lustrous and welcoming city of Tangier, Morocco can’t wait to show you its symbolical and worthwhile landmarks, unique attractions alongside its magnificent palaces and mind-blowing views of the Atlantic Ocean meeting with the Mediterranean sea. With this in mind, doesn’t Tangier sound like a fairy tale which has sparked to life?

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