North of Morocco, on the west coast of the Strait of Gibraltar , Tangier is a city bathed by the Atlantic Ocean that offers travelers the chance to enjoy the beaches and discover at the same time while in this location, certain enclaves of great interest as the Medina , mosques, bustling souks and museums, some located in distinctly imposing Islamic palaces .
Another of the main attractions of the capital of the Tangier – Tetouan region is located about ten miles from the city. This is the Grotto or Cave of Hercules , which , according to legend , the mythological hero slept before collecting apples from the Garden of the Hesperides . However, beyond the legend, in these lands have found evidence of the presence of man since prehistoric times, which suggests that were occupied since time immemorial. The most important deposits preserved today are , in any case, the Punic- Roman necropolis , located a few 450 meters from the walls of the Kasbah and composed of about one hundred graves, some coffer carved into the rock . From this space also enjoys exceptional views are obtained Strait of Gibraltar.
Tourism And Vacations In Tangier
Since its multicultural nature , this city ‘s Alawite kingdom bewitched the likes of Paul Bowles , Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs , and was a place of inspiration for Delacroix , Henri Matisse Mariano Fortuny , who used to stay in Hotel Villa de France , where you can still visit the room from the window of which the artist painted his famous landscape . Also , the city was a meeting place for secret agents in the forties and fifties, smugglers , singers , filmmakers and spies , giving a romantic halo that has survived to this day .
Surrounded by walls, the Kasbah and the Medina invite travelers to discover the history of Tangier (Morocco ) and immerse themselves in the daily life of its inhabitants. Through its narrow streets , visitors can see traditional houses, beautiful yards and gardens as well as a fabulous veranda overlooking the sea. To venture into the Arab city , it must do so through the Souk Grande, which sell all kinds of items . From here , you get to the Plaza of April 9, 1947 , business center , to regain strength in a typical coffee before going down to the souk Chico, surrounded by hotels, restaurants and terraces offering the best tea to mint.
Also in the Medina is located the Sidi Bou Abid mosque with its minaret polychrome ceramic coated , and Mendubia , which was the residence to monitor for the Sultan to foreign powers during the time when the area that was Tangier internationally, although today is the seat of a court. A stop is the monument in which the speech is recorded Mohamed V delivered in 1947 , chaired by gardens that will delight lovers of green spaces . However, one of the buildings most often draw attention from outsiders is the Great Mosque , possibly built on the Roman temple dedicated to Hercules and that during the Portuguese occupation was consecrated as a cathedral.
They deserve also a stop on the way Borj el Marsa , battery converted port gazebo, and the Consulate of the United States, first building this country established diplomatic abroad and inside which may be old maps , furniture decimonónicos and works of Stewart , shurch , Bel Ali Lecouteux and R’Bati . In this small palace , which also houses temporary exhibitions of Moroccan painters , travelers will have the opportunity to explore the history of America and Morocco , through objects like the letter that George Washington wrote to Moulay Abdellah .
Another interesting exhibition space is the Museum of Moroccan Arts , located in a XVII century palace called Dar el Makhzen . Sito in the Kasbah de Merchan , west of the Medina , the exhibition displays carpets , textiles , jewelry , ceramics and other items from around the country , divided by a series of rooms that are distributed around a tiled courtyard with fabulous . Next to this building is the Dar es – Shorfa , palace that houses the Museum of Antiquities, which collects archaeological finds discovered in the region of Volubilis . No less important are the Kasbah Museum , located in the former palace of the Sultan , the mosque Bit El- Mal , with its octagonal minaret , the old court or Give esh- Shera , the gates of Bab Bab Erraha and Aissa or place de la Kasbah , which offers a panoramic view of the bay.
Already in the neighborhood is the Palace Marshan Mendoub and Forbes Museum , with over hundred and fifteen thousand military figurines depicting famous battles like Waterloo , Somme or the Three Kings , a hanging garden and balconies with spectacular views the Strait of Gibraltar.
On the outskirts of Tangier, besides the impressive cave of Hercules , flooded by the ocean at high tide , and Cape Spartel , with its famous lighthouse built in 1865 , deserve hiking Rmilat mountainous green landscape , in which there are beautiful palaces surrounded by gardens , and the Cape Sea , ideal for viewing sunsets. Adherents to the sun and the bathroom still struggle to choose to spend the day , as the region has 120 kilometers of coastline , which differ Mediterranean beaches , most of which overlook the coves narrow , and the Atlantic , among which are those of Bakasem and Jbila .