A writer from Spain recently travelled to our city (Tangier, Morocco), and he ended up writing multiple articles on his experiences as a traveler. I’m always interested to hear what other people think of this city, and I’ve quoted bits from his articles below. Have you ever traveled to Morocco? If so, do you think his observations are accurate, based on your experience?
The Difference Between Marrakech and Tangier
“When we arrived in Tangier, “there was a chilled-out vibe that the more southern city lacked. I’d heard that the authorities had wisely cleared out the most annoying touts in order to encourage tourism. Walking around we had numerous young men offer us a tour but they took no for an answer, at least after two or three nos. In Marrakech it generally took ten or 12 nos. Tangier is also a remarkably clean city, with a fresh sea breeze coming off the bay and streets that lack the minefields of dog sh** that I’m used to in Spanish cities.”
Tangier’s Art and Café Scene
“Being a center for art and literature, of course Tangier has a great café scene. There are two main types – the traditional Moroccan teahouse and the French-style café/patisserie. Traditional tea houses are everywhere, from little cubicles in the market to larger, dimly lit affairs on the plazas. The few women who go to them are mostly foreign and the drink of choice is tea made with fresh mint leaves floating in the water. The pace is slow. It takes ages to get your drink or even pay for it and that’s OK. This is a place for whiling away the hours in relaxed conversation.”
Traveling to Tangier
“Like many ports, Tangier has an international feel. Arabic is the native language, and French is the default foreign tongue. Spanish and English are also widely spoken. At times they all get jumbled up and something as simple as ordering a tea can involve all four languages. It’s great fun. Tangier is an easy flight from Madrid and many other European cities and makes a great short holiday or the starting point for a longer exploration of Africa.”
If you have been to Tangier before, leave a comment and share what was your lasting impression of the city?