Tangier’s Small Group Shared Tour
Discover with us the true magic of Tangier on this unforgettable full tour. Navigate with our local guide through the charming history and the lively culture of the Medina (the walled old town) and the Kasbah (the fortress), and prepare your senses for an overwhelming experience in the main souks and squares. Explore the architectural heritage of a multi-layered city that was once ruled by the Portuguese, the English, and the French and then became an international zone.
Uncover the alluring coastal splendor and the picturesque landmarks of Tangier outside the historical walls and enjoy your excursion to the magnificent Hercules Caves and the lighthouse of Cap Spartel. At last, enjoy your time with our lovely camels on the sands of Achakkar beach.
per adult from
7 to 8 hours
What's included :
- Professional local guide
- Port Pick-up & Drop-off
- Admission/Entry to the American legation (see What To Expect section for opening days/times).
- Admission/Entry to the Kasbah Museum (see What To Expect section for opening days/times).
- Entry/Admission - Hercules Cave
- Entry/Admission - Musee de la Kasbah
- Entry/Admission - American Legation
What's excluded :
- Food and drinks (We could arrange a genuine Moroccan lunch with an extra cost of 18 € per person).
- Camel Ride on Achakkar beach.
- Admission/Entry to Hercules Caves.
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Parc Perdicaris, Foret de R_milat, Tangier Morocco
Upon meeting you, you will be welcomed by your tour guide having at your disposal a comfortable, Wi-Fi fitted air-conditioned minivan for a ride that will take you first from Tangier’s bay, where the port is, up to the city center through Boulevard Mohamed V, Avenue Pasteur, and then Place De France. The ride will continue until you reach the Parc Predicaris passing by the royal residence. The park’s terrace offers the best opportunity to take in the breathtaking view over the Strait of Gibraltar and Southern Spain.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Cap Spartel, 14km west of Tangier, Tangier Morocco
Your next stop will be Cap Spartel, the most North Western point of mainland Africa and also the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The lighthouse of Cap Spartel tops a promontory and gloriously guards the entrance of the Straits of Gibraltar since 1864. Limitless opportunities of photos are to be seized in Cap Spartel, and you can have your breakfast (own expense) while enjoying the view.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Achakar Beach, Tangier, Morocco
Afterwards, a drive along the Atlantic coastline to the south of Cap Spartel will get you to Achakar beach, on the sands of which you will meet the camels. You can ride those lovely animals, which is completely safe for you and for them of course, or just enjoy their company and take some memorable photos with them, it’s your call.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Hercules Cave, Cap Spartel, Tangier Morocco
If you’re familiar with Greek mythology, you might remember the 12 Labors of Hercules. In fact, Lixus (near Larache, south of Tangier) is rumored to be the basis for Hercules’ Eleventh Labor, the apples of Hesperides or the golden apples. It was after he retrieved the golden apples that it is thought Hercules rested where your next destination is: Hercules Caves. The myth has persisted long enough to make from the sea grotto the attraction number one in Tangier.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Medina of Tangier, Tangier Morocco
For the second part of your private tour of Tangier, You’ll be immersed into the historical heritage and the cultural prosperity of Tangier’s old town: the Medina. You will feel as if you have time-traveled back several centuries to a medieval time when the community still operates according to ancient norms and traditions. Hammams (public baths), communal ovens, fountains, squares, craftsmen, markets and cafes are all still working and remind us of a glorious era of Tangier.
The walking tour of the Medina will let you have a direct contact with the friendly locals; and by strolling down the Medina’s labyrinthine alleyways, the tour will take you through the most important landmarks of the city such as the Grand Socco, the Petit Socco, Moise Nahon synagogue, and the Kasbah. You will also visit monuments that are considered as architectural masterpieces decorated with mosaics, ornamental stucco, and wood carvings such as the Great Mosque, Dar El Mekhzen located in the Kasbah, and the American Legation, which is the only American national monument located outside of the United States, and the place of a large library specializing in North Africa, many paintings from Americans, Europeans and Moroccans, and several small models recreating some historic battles. The real bonus there is the “Paul Bowles” wing, named for the American author who called Tangier home for 50 years and died here in 1999.
Of course you will have plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch (own expense) during the Medina tour, just ask our tour guide for suggestions, he will escort you to the type of restaurant you prefer. Just before the end of the tour, you will be left with some free time to scout for handcrafted souvenirs at bazaars (IF YOU WANT), or simply to sip on a mint tea in a traditional café and learn about mint tea rituals. Finally, the tour concludes when we drop you off at the port.
Duration: 5 hours
Stop At: Place du Grand 9 Avril 1947, Tangier 90000 Morocco
During the tour of the Medina, you’ll make a stop at this historical square which is commonly known as Grand Socco and that divides the Medina from the Ville Nouvelle area of Tangier. It is one of the places that hosted Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany when he visited Tangiers on 3 March 1905. The stopover that worsened tension between the Germans and the French and that, among other events, ultimately led to the World War I. It’s also the location where King Mohamed V delivered his speech and the symbol of his arrival to the city on April 9, 1947 when Tangiers was under international domination.
The square, which underwent further development in 2005, is particularly active during the evenings when vendors put up their extensive displays and sell a diversity of second-hand goods and clothes and gadgets. Not far from the Grand Socco a vegetable Souk is held every Thursday by mostly female peasant sellers that are known for their striped Foutas (towels) and wide-brimmed straw hats. Nearby as well are the Mendoubia Gardens, Cinema Rif, the Anglican Church of St. Andrew (1894) and the Sidi Bou Abid Mosque (1917).
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Petit Socco, Tangier Morocco
During the tour inside the walls of the Medina, you’ll make a stop at this historical square which is locally known as Souk Dakhel and was once home to many notable writers and affluent people in the city like Paul Bowles, Jean Genet, Tennessee Williams and Mohamed Choukri. Today the facades of its Hispano-Moorish buildings are freshly painted, tourists abound and it’s a wonderful square for people-watching over a mint tea.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Tangier Casbah, Place de la Kasbah, Tangier 90000 Morocco
While touring the Medina you will mostly approach the Kasbah (the fortress) through either of the two gates, Bab Haha or Bab El-Assa, and enter on Place du Mechouar (often referred to as Place de la Kasbah). The Kasbah was a place for the local leader to live and a defense when the city was under attack. The Kasbah has high walls and it was built on hilltop so that it could be more easily defended.
Dar El-Makhzen, Which is situated in the eastern part of the Kasbah, was constructed in the 17th century over the ruins of the English "Upper Castle" by Pasha Ahmad ben Ali al-Rifi, general of the Jaysh al-Rifi army and semi-autonomous governor of Tangiers. It was built to be the seat of residence for the Sultans of Morocco when staying in the city. Nowadays Dar El-Makhzen or the Sultan’s Palace is home to The Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean cultures (le Musée la Kasbah des cultures méditerranéennes). The building is centered within two courtyards, which are decorated with wooden ceilings, marble fountains and arabesques. Some of the columns used are of Roman origin.
A tour of the Kasbah won’t be complete without going through Bab Bhar gate and spending some time on the that huge crenellated terrace overlooking the bay of Tangier, the view extends from Gibraltar to Cape Trafalgar.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Musee de la Kasbah, El Casbah Square, Tangier Morocco
The Kasbah Museum or the Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean Cultures has been housed since 1922 by the Kasbah Palace known as "Dar-Al-Makhzen" or the Sultan's Palace. The building occupies the eastern part of the Kasbah of Tangier. The site have undergone before the successive constructions of the residence of the Portuguese governors "Dorons Praefecti" between 1471 and 1661, then a larger "Upper Castle" which was the residence of the English governors from 1662 to 1684.
The palace of Kasbah is the work of Ahmed Ben Ali, son of Caïd Ali Ben Abdellah El Hamani Errifi, who drove the occupying Englishman out in 1684. A foundation inscription gives us the date in Hijri equivalent to 1738. Since then, the monument has been the seat of power and the symbol of local authority.
The decoration style of the palace is typically Moroccan: Zellige coating, chiseled plaster, and domes with painted or carved wood. However, the curved columns and white marble composite capitals adorning the large patio are European elements.
The Kasbah Museum recomposes the major aspects of the material culture of the city of Tangier and its region. The exhibition is divided into three sections organized according to a route that respects the architecture of the Palace.
Particular highlights are the mosaic of Venus from Volubilis and statuary, plus the giant replica maps. The first map tracks down trade routes from the Phoenician trade in metals to the electronic goods of the 21st century; the second is a gorgeous map of the known world made in Tangier in 1154, hence it's upside down from the viewer's perspective.
Open all week except Tuesdays from 10:00 to 18:00.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: St. Andrew's Church, Tangier, Morocco
Hovering at the edge of the medina, just off the bustling Grand Socco is this magnificent Anglican Church that is a real tribute to the harmony of Christianity and Islam. Tour the quiet gardens, the final resting place for many of the churches international community, before ducking into the church. Note the Lord’s Prayer written in exquisite Arabic calligraphy just about the pulpit and the numerous Andalusian-Moroccan touches throughout.
Inspect the mix of architectural styles at St Andrew, a 19th-century British Anglican church. Built in 1894 and consecrated in 1904, the church commemorates many people, including the Sherifa of Wazzan, Emily Keene, who brought the cholera vaccine to Morocco. As you walk through the religious site, notice the combination of Moorish and British styles, including the bell tower resembling a minaret. Visit the church's graveyard, where well-known individuals such as writers, generals, and bankers lie buried.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Gran Mezquita de Tanger, Tangier Morocco
The Great Mosque of Tangier is a nineteenth-century construction that stands in what was once the center of the medina of Tangier. The site of the mosque was formerly the home of several significant religious buildings from various civilizations that previously occupied Tangier, dating back originally to a fifth century Roman church. After the Muslim conquest of Tangier in the eighth century, the church was converted to a mosque by the Marinid Dynasty and remained so until the late fifteenth century. The mosque was replaced by a church during the centuries in which Tangier was under Portuguese and English rule. After Moulay Ismail recaptured the city for the Alawi dynasty in 1684, the church was once again transformed into a mosque. Sultan Sulayman completely rebuilt the mosque in 1815 due to its poor physical condition, creating the building that stands in Tangier today.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: American Legation, 8 Zankat America, Tangier 90000 Morocco
Close to the aptly named “Bab Merican,” this elegant five-storey mansion is the only American national monument located outside of the United States. As you may know, Morocco was the first country to recognize the fledgling United States, in 1777, and this was the first piece of American real estate abroad, as the original building was given to the United States to serve as a diplomatic presence in Morocco by Sultan Mulay Suliman in 1821 and served as such in some capacity until 1961, and that is the longest period (140 years) any building abroad has been occupied as a United States diplomatic post.
It is now officially called the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies, and is a cultural center, museum, and a research library, concentrating on Arabic language studies. The museum is a place of a large library specializing in North Africa, many paintings from Americans, Europeans and Moroccans, and several small models recreating some historic battles. You can find some unusual displays, including a Moroccan Stars and Stripes carpet, and an 1839 letter from a hapless US consul who had been given two lions as a diplomatic gift. The museum also holds an impressive display of paintings that give a view of Tangier's past through the eyes of its artists, most notably Scotsman James McBey, whose hypnotic painting of his servant girl, Zohra, has been called the Moroccan Mona Lisa. There is a small bookshop and a wing dedicated to American author Paul Bowles.
The museum is open Mondays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed Sundays and Moroccan holidays.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Moise Nahon Synagogue, Rue de la Synagogue, Quartier Beni Ider, Tangier 90000 Morocco
Located on a dead end street off Rue des Synagogues in the Beni Idir quarter of the Medina of Tangier, this synagogue was constructed in 1876 by Moïse Jacob Nahon, a prominent educator and scholar from an influential Jewish family in Tangier. The synagogue ceased activity in the second half to the 20th century, and subsequently fell into disrepair until its restoration in 1994. It now functions as a museum.
The prayer room of the synagogue is accessible via a small courtyard at the end of the entrance corridor. The interior is elaborately decorated in an Andalusian style. Carved stucco walls are decorated with a repeating motif featuring ornamental embedded columns, trefoil arches, and arabesques with floral and geometric motifs. And what is remarkable, is the Arabic calligraphy repeated in three medallions vertically aligned below the superior lobe.
A stairway off the courtyard leads to an upstairs gallery that served as the Hazara, or women's prayer area. There is no carved wood or stucco decoration on the walls of the second floor gallery. Instead, it is decorated with framed embroidery, tapestries, banners, and other artifacts donated by the Jewish community in Tangier throughout the years.
Duration: 30 minutes
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
The tour starts at 10:30 am and our agents will be at the port starting from 9:30 am. The tour can start before 10:30 am if the group is complete before that time.Ports
- Port de Tanger Ville, Blvd. Mohamed VI, Tanger, Morocco
- Tanja Marina Bay, Marina Bay, Blvd. Mohamed VI, Tanger 90000, Morocco
Departure Time :10:30 AM
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Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infant seats available
- Near public transportation
- Stroller accessible
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.