When I got off the ferry, a kind gentleman greeted me and asked if I wanted a tour and said he was from the office of travel. I said, "cool!" And cool it was. He took me all over the city on a walking tour. He knew every single thing about that beautiful city. I loved Tangier and the olive oil and the lunches -- and the party on the beach until 5 a.m. I would recommend Tangier to travelers.
Once you get there, run to your hostel then breathe! Find a cheap guide -- we paid 10 euros for the whole day and he took us for tea with his family! Don't buy anything in Tangier, by the way. Wait until another town.
There's a fantastic sandwich shop that is that laughs in the face of subway sandwiches -- round the corner from Hotel Chella, next to the CD and DVD shop with the loud stereo.
Tangier is one of those places you either love or hate; it's intense, in your face, and sometimes ugly, but it's always interesting and fast paced! Stepping off a ferry from Spain into Tangier's port can be a daunting experience, but once you get past the touts offering to "guide" you to your Tangier hostel and people trying to sell you everything from rugs to candy, it can be a pleasant and spectacular place if you give it a chance. Well connected to everywhere in Morocco by bus train and plane as well as internationally by ferry and plane, Tangier is often a destination that people get in and out of without taking time to actually explore it.
With a very lively Medina (old town) and markets plus many beautiful mosques and a long stretch of sandy beach right in the centre, Tangier can be a great city to spend a few days. Hotels and hostels in Tangier range from the super-low budget to the very fancy, so you can always find something for you in Tangier. Tangier hostels are usually within walking distance of the ferry terminal and slightly longer walk from the train and bus station. If you hostel is in the Medina (walled old town) then you can take a taxi to the closest entrance and then walk to your Tangier hostel, as cars aren't allowed within the narrow walled streets of the Medina. Most Hostels in Tangier offer dorms and private rooms; some come with breakfast and free Wi-Fi and most usually offer free maps to help you get around and find your way back to the hostel!
Hi, I'm michael cowgill,
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