Secret Tangier

Taking a day trip to Tangier in October. It seems pretty touristy, especially the medina section of town that we will visit. Any suggestions for something in the medina that isn’t seen or experienced so much? We don’t mind really weird or unusual or difficult. But something uncommon or different! Many Thanks for Any Suggestions! B & C

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Tangier´s medina can be quite touristy but for a day trip it is fine.

There is a cafe with a great rooftop view over the Atlantic called Salon Bleu (can be found on Facebook), another cafe with a view is Cafe Hafa. It can be found in some guide books so it is more popular but still worth a visit.

Another nice place is Cinema / Cafe Rif, it is on the main square (Grand Socco) in the medina. There are a few really different cafes in the medina, they are mostly filled with men, but the atmosphere is different. Can´t remember their names but one is called Cafe Baba.

If you are open to venturing to other parts of town there is a huge local market called Casa Barata, it is different and you will likely be the only tourists there.



And if anyone else is in need of advice regarding Morocco I am here to answer an questions you might have :slightly_smiling_face:

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Thank you, @pikslmakr! Morocco is such an incredible place!

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Wow! Many thanks for all your suggestions!
I was thinking about Casabarata to check out as a local souk, but now we may spend time there before the medina.
Thanks again! B & C


You said some of the Cafs are more male based could this be awkward for women or ( not acceptable )

I don´t see that it would be an issue, for a tourist it is certainly acceptable and Morocco is a safe country so don´t feel alarmed. It´s more up to you and your gut feeling if you would feel awkward or not.
There aren´t that many cafés in the Medina actually, so most you´ll find will be ok and certainly have a lot of charachter.
Enjoy your trip!

Awesome I’m a guy yet seen one or two things online seem to segregate didn’t want to be disrespectful Or make my friends feel too awkward.

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Tangier is a beautifu city; here is a short presentation of the city.

Thank You, Brahim. We did go to Tanger, a day trip from our coastal Spain vacation. We are a couple in our 70s and we had a great time! So here’s a rundown of what we did:

We drove early in the morning to Tarifa and took the ferry. Departure was “9AM” but it was really socked in with fog so we had a 1 hour delay, arrived to a sunny Tangier at about 11AM. The FRS ferry was delightful and pretty fast, a Morocco agent looks at your documents on the way there, they just want to stamp your passport. As expected the touts were out in full force as we were leaving the dock - obnoxious and intimidating, but the “don’t look at them or acknowledge them” tactic seemed to work. More of these at the entry to the Medina and a few times during the day (in Medina only) as we were taking in the sights, but they do seem to give up if you don’t look at them or talk to them. Pretend you don’t understand English. (If you don’t want to wing it then it’s probably best to arrange for a tour or tour guide before you go.) We walked to Cafe Hafa, a pretty long walk and a lot of hills, but worth it. Of course we got lost on the way, walking through the Medina, but we just went a very different route than we planned, and on the way saw a lot of “residential Medina.” Pretty cool!

We spent an hour at Cafe Hafa and we didn’t see a single tourist. Just a couple blocks from there is a main street and we caught a cab to Casabarata, a huge market with very few tourists. (I should mention that during the entire day we never got dirham (Morocco money) and we never needed it - the Euro was accepted at all the stores and restaurants and by the taxicabs - just give them 1 Euro for a 10 dirham charge. And have plenty of 1E, 2E, 5’s and 10’s.) The problem with Casabarata is that it is huge, with so many parts we couldn’t get to it all, but it’s an adventure to roam around the fruit and flea markets and candy stands and everything else. When done we got to compete with many a Tanger lady to get a cab. A little weird - when the cab stops you tell him where you are going and he either says Yes or No. There usually is already a passenger in the cab! If he says No to one of those ladies you can then ask if he’ll take you to where you want to go. We were headed back to the Medina to check out more of it, and the ferry terminal is at the edge of the Medina, so we just said “Kasbah” and eventually one said to get in. Both cab rides were a thrill - you get to see a lot of the streets, people and buildings but they are going pretty fast!

Our time in Medina was great. Most folks will find quite a few shops they want to look around at and we found it most interesting. There are hundreds of shops there and plenty of “made in Morocco” as well as touristy souveniers. We stopped for food at Chez Hassan Bab Kasbah and had chicken tajine and kebabs. Pretty Good! And superb people watching! There are a lot of restaurants and many are right out in the open and you can get a pretty good feel of whether or not you want to stop there. After our hours in the Medina we were exhausted and headed back for the 6PM ferry. I could have done another day, but it was not to be. The return ferry was also uneventful except for the sunset - spectacular!

If you don’t mind a little hassle, a little uncertainty, getting a little lost, and a lot of adventure, then a day trip to Tangier is highly recommended. Take a good look at a map of the Medina before you go and pick a couple of shops that intrigue you. You will love it!