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Where to stay in Tangier

There are 456 holiday rentals available all over Tangier in Morocco, and we’re confident you’ll find a property that fits both your needs and your budget. Affordable Moroccan villas in Tangier start at a nightly rate of $7, with 20% of properties priced under $32 per night. Whether you’re seeking a private homestay near Sidi Bou Abib Mosque, a hotel room close to Plage Sol, or a place that also gives you close access to Tangier — our mission is to help you find exactly what you are looking for. Our website lists a wide selection of rental listings from top travel companies like Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a solo travel expedition, going on a Moroccan honeymoon, or planning a family vacation for 11, we can match you with a holiday home in Tangier that sleeps everyone comfortably. Finding your dream vacation rental in Tangier has never been this easy. Experience the beauty of Morocco with VacationRenter today.

Where Is Tangier, Morocco Located?

Found in northwestern Morocco on the Maghreb coast of Cape Spartel where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean via the Strait of Gibraltar. The city is accessible to Casablanca via high-speed train in 2 hours, Spanish ferry in less than 1 hour, or the Ibn Batouta International Airport is 9 miles south-west of the city center. Tangier is a major industrial city, second only to Casablanca within Morocco, with a history that dates back to the 5th century BC.

What Is Tangier, Morocco Known For?

Nicknamed “The Gateway to Africa” because of its geographical location and multi-millenia importance to industry, commerce, and travel. It is easy to understand why the city has played muse and haven for 200 years to artists, writers, businessmen, and spies with the vibrant mix of Arabic, Berber, French, Spanish, English, and Tangerian (a local lexicon) resulting in a stunning mix of color, cultures, and cuisine. Additionally, the city hosts many historical houses of worship for Muslims, Jews, and Christians. An international hotspot of the rich and famous for generations, the region has undergone rapid urban development over the past decade with more on the horizon. Today the city functions as a busy port city with many tourists arriving for a day trip from either cruise ships or ferries departing from Spain, France, and Italy.

A Quick Guide to Tangier, Morocco

It should be noted that Morocco is a Muslim country. Visitors are expected to dress conservatively and women should carry a scarf or shawl to cover their hair in many places, most especially at religious sites. Restaurants rarely serve alcohol, and instead meals are washed down with the ubiquitous mint tea. Many places are closed on holy day Friday for all or part of the day.
  • The Tangier American Legation: Morocco was the first country to recognize American independence and became the location of the first American property acquired internationally and established as a consulate in 1821. The building was a gift from Sultan Moulay Suliman and is now a museum stuffed full of Arab-American memorabilia with a complete section dedicated to novelist Paul Bowles.
  • Tangier Beach: A pleasant and popular beach in the city just a short walk from the medina where many enjoy a picnic lunch, a camel ride down the beach, or a stroll along the long corniche or boardwalk.
  • Cape Spartel and the Cave of Hercules: The cape is only 30 minutes west of downtown in the northernmost point of Africa and punctuated by an elegant lighthouse. The cave has one entrance to the ocean, one to land, and, as legend says, is the location where Hercules completed his 12 labors to guarantee immortality. Sidi Kacem beach is not far from here, a popular spot with locals offering miles of golden sand along the Atlantic coast.

Popular Destinations Near Tangier, Morocco

  • Asilah: A small and laid back beach town on the Atlantic coast 45 minutes from Tangier by car or train. The cleanest and best beaches, such as Sidi M'IRait, are just outside of town. Every summer the town hosts the Asilah Arts Festival, and one of the hallmarks is street art on the medina’s walls. Every year the walls are whitewashed and new art is painted offering an endlessly changing visual display.
  • Chefchaouen: The “blue pearl” is a charming, rustic village about 2 hours south of Tangier in the Rif Mountains accessible by car or bus and suitable for a day trip. The nickname comes from the abundance of blue-painted buildings along steep alleyways that beg to be photographed. There is a waterfall high on a hill that feeds the town, and from there it is a steep downhill walk to the downtown medina to do some wandering and eating.
  • Tetouan: One of the larger small cities in Morocco lies near the Mediterranean coast and is famous for its traditional art, strong Spanish influence, and the medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are looking for souvenirs, this where you will find them very well-made and possibly cheaper than in other Moroccan cities. Mediterranean beaches are just 15-20 minutes from the city, which is about 1.5 hours from Tangier.

Best Neighborhoods in Tangier, Morocco

  • Medina “Old Walled City”: A complex maze of pedestrian streets was once the hub of life in Tangier and the location of the Grand and Petit Soccos (marketplace squares), where you can buy almost anything. This is the best destination for artisan crafts made of leather, wood, silver, textiles, and Morococan-style shoes within the city. Rue Es-Siaghine, “Silversmith’s Street,” leads from the south gate of the Petit Socco to the harbor, and was the main boulevard in Tangier during the Roman Empire. Today, the street is lined with teahouses, restaurants, galleries, brothels, and shops.
  • Ville Nouvelle: French-inspired “new city” became the scene of modern middle-class social life starting in the 1930’s. Tangier’s most iconic cafe, Gran Cafe de Paris, will take you back to a time when service was impeccable and well-dressed. Sinking down into a leather armchair, one can easily imagine William S. Boroughs or Truman Capote toiling away in a corner.
  • The Kasbah:An ancient and upmarket neighborhood sits high on a hill overlooking the city to the ocean. This is the location of the old sultan’s palace from the 17th century, Dar El Makhzen, and you can see the Rock of Gibraltar from the Bab Haha Gate. The sultan’s palace is also known as the Kasbah Museum of Mediterraean Cultures, and is as well known for its beautiful buildings and gardens as it is for its collection of mosaics, artworks, and artifacts inside, including fascinating map replicas dating back centuries. This neighborhood is also home to the famous hole-in-the-wall Cafe Baba, whose clientele have been world-famous artists, writers, and rock stars including the Rolling Stones.

Home-types in Tangier

Tangier has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Tangier:

Points of interests in Tangier

Tangier has several popular points of interest for you to check out when visiting the area. Here are the most popular points of interest in Tangier: