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Tangier is the major port city of Morocco, and thus, it’s one of the most important cities in the country. An uncontrolled blend of France, Portugal, Spain and Africa, Tangier is frequented by ferries and ships from most neighbouring countries quite often. The city is split into 2 major parts: the older, walled city, with its weaving alleyways and clustered markets, and typical Moroccan architecture, and the new modern city. Starting with the cultural heart of the city, the local commercial hub, flea street markets and simple lifestyle of ample hospitality is present at the Medina of Tangier, the Tangier Casbah locality, the Grand Socco, Souq Dakhel and the Cap of Spartel. Having small green areas dedicated for public use has been infused in Moroccan culture, a fact which is prominent in the central Mendoubia Gardens, with stone walkways leading through the palms. Formal institutions present to recognize and regard the rule of the sultanates over the city start with the main Kasbah Museum, which is in the Kasbah fort itself, as well as the Dar al Makhzhen, the official residence of visiting sultans. The Traditional Art Gallery, the Museum of Moroccan arts and the contemporary museum are all options to explore Middle Eastern flair in carpet weaving and handicrafts, architectural designs and clothing, as well as visual arts. The tomb of one of the greatest Islamic explorers known in recorded history, Ibn Batuta, is present among the old quarters of the city. From the era of Spanish influence, a dilapidated but recognizable Spanish theatre of Teatro Carvantes is located in Tangiers. The American embassy heads its very own American Legation as an effort to stem cultural exchange, a museum, a library as well as a centre for hosting events for the community. Even though the museum has been sold out, the building of the former forbes museum is still present as a landmark dedicated for Forbes’ interest in American history represented in Morocco. Other than these, clean and peaceful beaches are numerous, with many water sport options and small scale expeditions readily available to explore the outskirts of the area. The Mnar Aquatic Park, Beachfront Avenue, Dalia Beach, Tangier Beach and Ba Kacem Beach are all options for mingling with the locals along the coasts and going for snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing while exploring the reefs. The Hercules Cave is a natural wonder to explore the rock formations along the coasts of Tangiers. Beyond the city borders and facing the Straits of Gibraltar, the Cape Malabata consists of a white castle from the times of the Sultanate, serving as the main lighthouse of the coasts to give the highest view over the surroundings.
Some of the airlines operating at Tangier Ibn Batouta that offer flights to and from London are TAP Air Portugal and Royal Air Maroc.
On average, there are 2 direct flights from Tangier to London, with flight duration at around 2 hours and 55 minutes. A low cost budget air carrier, Air Arabia Maroc, operates these flights.
Usually, flights take nearly 5 hours of flight time apart from the time spent on a single stopover. The advantage of direct flights is that they take only the 3 hours of flight time for reaching Tangiers from London.
Tangier Ibn Batouta Airport is approximately 12 kilometres from the city centre. This is equivalent to around 1.17 miles.
The prices of all taxis that are available at the airport are fixed and monitored by the government, so they are a good option for travelling to the city centre. There aren’t many bus services available, so petit taxis are the way to go, mostly.
Tangier is a relatively compact and small city. Travelling and exploring it is best done on foot. This allows you to interact closely with the locals and unique atmosphere that the city holds. However, if you don’t want to walk for extensive periods, then you can always hire a petit taxi. The Medina area can only be explored on foot, as the snaking alleyways are too thin and packed for vehicles. And rightly so, as speeding past the markets and stalls would not allow you to fully appreciate them, or soak in the aura. Along the coasts, there are ferry and boat services present for small tours. A bus service along with coaches operate to the nearest railway station.
Tangier has a tropical Mediterranean climate. The summers are humid and hot, due to it being a coastal city. However, the winters are just cool and very comfortable for most Europeans, who are used to far colder climate. And the humidity is at an all-year low during the winters as well. So, visiting during winters is best suited.
Due to the amount of tourism this city has, there are myriads of hotels and motels and guest houses to choose from. Thus, accommodation in Tangier is very flexible. You can find almost all sorts of places to stay at, ranging from cheap motels to 5 star hotels. Famous hotels in the city are Hotel Ramada, Hotel Movenpick, etc. There are boutique hotels present in large villa houses, with suites having balconies facing the hills and the coast. Courtyards, fountains and entrance halls are some of the luxurious royal features present in some of the top class hotel offers to infuse the culture of Moroccan rule. Common rooftop terraces sporting the hotel restaurants or a hotel pool right in the front porch or entrance are some of the expectations tourists can have for a luxury stay. Among the traditional souks, local budget options have simple rooms offered by cafes to cater for local travellers and business folk for a stay in the city.