Often known as Europe’s gateway to Africa, Tangier is a buzzing cultural hub with a unique blend of local heritage and foreign influence. From the famous Strait of Gibraltar to the lesser-known history of Parc Perdicaris, there is more to this city than meets the eye. Here’s how to see it all…
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Located 6mi (9.6km) east of Tangier, Cape Malabata is the perfect escape from the noise and bustle of the city. Though it features hidden coves, quiet beaches and even the ruins of an early 20th-century castle, it’s most spectacular sights can be gleaned from its lighthouse – think unobstructed views of the sparkling Strait of Gibraltar. Don’t forget your camera, it’s definitely the best place to snap some pictures.
The Grand Socco – the word socco is a spanish adaptation of the arabic souk – was once a bustling marketplace, filled to the brim with vendors, performers and onlookers. Though it is still crowded, the square has now become deserted of market stalls and become popular for its other qualities. It is a great, central meeting point for all travellers as well as a useful transportation hub. Most importantly however, it is where old and new Tangier meet. From here, you can choose to hop in a cab and chase your next adventure, or walk through the Bab Al Fahs gate and get lost in the medina.
Covering an area of 70ha (172 acres), the Perdicaris Park is a green oasis where you can wander through the forest, take in the thriving vegetation influenced by the unique surrounding climate and admire breathtaking views of the sea. The park’s history is an odd one, it bears the name of US diplomat Ion Perdicaris who acquired the property in 1872. Rather unfortunately, Ion was kidnapped in 1924 and though he was liberated, this experience persuaded him to move away from Tangier and the park has since belonged to the Moroccan State. Pack a picnic and revel in its beauty.