Cruise Port Atlas | Tangier, Morroco Day Trips | Attractions

Tangier, Morroco Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Tangier: Star Clippers, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Cunard, Holland America, Costa

Key Attractions: Tangier Medina, Kasbah, Kasbah Museum, Dar el Makhzen, Royal Palace, Petit Souk, Grand Mosque, American Legation, Grand Souk, Menoubia Gardens, St. Andrews Church, Tetouan Medina, Tetouan Archaeological Museum, Mohammed V Avenue, Asilah Medina

Tangier Attractions

Tangier Cruise Berth to American Legation Museum - 1.9 KM, 5 minutes, 15 minute walk
Tangier Cruise Berth to Petit Souk - 2.3 KM, 7 minutes, 10 minute walk
Tangier Cruise Berth to Kasbah - 2.9 KM, 10 minutes, 14 minute walk
Tangier Cruise Berth to Menoubia Gardens - 2.1 KM, 6 minutes, 16 minute walk
Tangier Cruise Berth to Cap Spartel / Hercules Cave - 15 KM, 16 minutes
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Tangier's Medina is the primary focus of city tours, offering a mix of old markets with interesting local products, fascinating museums and untamed urban chaos. The Petit Souk, not far from the Grand Mosque, offers small stalls with local merchants willing to barter. Not far away is the American Legation Museum, established in 1821 as the first US building outside America after Morocco and the States established diplomatic relations. The collection includes art and displays focusing on Americans who called Tangier home, including the Beat Generation leader Paul Bowles. There are also letters written by George Washington to the Sultan. At the north end of the Medina at the city's highest point is the Kasbah, a fortress which includes the Royal Palace (Dar es Makhzen) which is now the city's most important Museum, with art and historical objects on display. Outside the walls are the Menoubia Gardens, with a great view of the port and St. Andrews Anglican Church with its odd mix of Christian and Muslim elements. Many city tours take visitors to Cap Spartel with its famous lighthouse. From this high point visitors can see where the waters of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet. Nearby is the Hercules Cave where legend says that Hercules rested before he started his twelve labors.

                 

   

Photos of Tangier Medina by Chris Yunker and Svik

Tetouan

Tangier Cruise Berth to Tetouan - 59 KM, 1 hour 5 minutes
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When the Spanish expelled the Moors and Jews from the Iberian peninsula at the end of the 15th century, they spread around the Mediterranean and a large contingent of mostly Muslim exiles settled in the area of Tetouan. A beautiful city was rebuilt and the Spanish influence is apparent in the historic buildings of the city. The Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its unique architecture and its Jewish, Berber, and Andalusian sections. Surrounded by a wall 5 kilometers long and accessible through arched gates, it encloses authentic homes, mosques, and schools from the era. Mohammed V Avenue, in the newer part of the city, has shops, cafes and street hawkers. The city also offers a fine Archaeological Museum with relics dating back to Phoenician and Roman eras.

              

   

Photo of Tetouan Medina Gate by Dickelbers

Asilah

Tangier Cruise Berth to Asilah - 53 KM, 45 minutes
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On the Atlantic coast, the small port of Asilah was first established as a trading post by the Phoenicians, became a Portuguese territory during the age of exploration, was a 19th century pirate stronghold, and was ruled by Spain through the middle of the 20th century. Now a part of Morocco, Asilah attracts tourists to its coastal resorts and scenic, whitewashed medina. Every year, for three weeks starting in late June, they hold a cultural festival. It’s particularly famous for its Mural competition, in which international artists are invited to paint the white walls with colorful designs.

              

   

Photos of Asilah by Dans

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