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Sightseeing in Tanger - what to see. Complete travel guide

Tánger It’s an ancient Moroccan city that attracts travelers with numerous historical monuments, picturesque beaches and unique natural landscapes. High level of service allows resting here with full comfort; you will also find here well-equipped sports centers, conference rooms for negotiations and meetings, and even beauty salons and spas. One could also endlessly talk about sports and beach rest here.
Just like any Moroccan city, Tangier is famous for its beautiful bazaars. The most popular and largest one is located in the central part of the city. It is called "Grand Socco". In addition to the luxury choice of products this market is a great place to see wonderful performances of street artists. It’s really hard to find another place where snake charmers, dancers, magicians and fakirs demonstrate their amazing performance to visitors. In this market you can also buy traditional souvenirs, most popular gold jewelry, silver utensils, as well as rugs and blankets made of wool.
Among the architectural sights we should definitely mention Palace of Dar el Makhzen, which was built in the 17th century by the order of the Mules Ismail. For many years it was the main residence of the rulers. Starting from the 19th century it lost its status and was kept abandoned. Today, there are two museums in the palace – the palace of ancient history and Moroccan art. The palace’s inner courtyard is decorated with statues and fountains. This is a perfect place for walking. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Another cultural institution worth noting is Museum of American Diplomatic Mission. The relations between the U.S. and Morocco have played a significant role in the history of the country, so the museum exhibits numerous important documents, letters and contracts that have been signed during the negotiations. In this museum you can also see a collection of antique mirrors.
Kasbah fortress is one of the main historical symbols of Tangier. It had been constructed by the Portuguese colonizers in the late 18th century. According to the recent research, the very first fortifications were erected in its place in Roman times. The existing fortress has been built on their ruins. Almost all the territory of the fortress is now open to the public. There are a few excellent viewing platforms with a great view of the coast.
An interesting collection of historical artifacts presents the Museum of Ancient History and Antiques. Dar El-Makzen palace became its location. The beautiful palace used to belong to Sultan once. Today, its spacious rooms with luxurious design are used to store unique archaeological finds, jewelry, pottery, elegant carpets, and weapons. Of particular value are ancient Roman mosaics and decoration of some of the halls.
A picturesque Asilah beach is exclusive not only as a natural object but as a historical region, as well. At the end of the 15th century, the Portuguese landed on this site of the coast. Fragments of the fortress walls and bastions built by them are remnants of those times. Every year, cultural events and exciting festivals are held on the coast. They organize dance shows and open-air concerts in high tourist season.
Those who like pedestrian walks will find it interesting to visit Scarf Hill. Absolutely everyone can rise to its top and see an ancient, currently non-functioning mosque. An incredibly beautiful panorama of the city opens from the top of the hill. This is a stamping ground of curious tourists and photographers.
Tanger Mendubia garden is one more picturesque place. This is a real green oasis with branchy trees, flowers, and exotic plants wherever you go. The most interesting object in the garden is a dragon tree of an incredible size. According to the stories of local residents, its age is more than 800 years.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Tanger
♥   Castle 'Castle of Tarifa' Cádiz, 31.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Zahara de los Atunes' Cádiz, 39.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Algeciras' Cádiz, 51.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tower of the Moor' , 57.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Castellar de la Frontera' Cádiz, 67.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Tanger
♥   Natural Park 'Estrecho' , 32.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Los Alcornocales' , 65.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Sierra de Grazalema' , 110.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Mina Virgen del Amparo' , 116.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Natural Park 'Sierra de las Nieves' , 125.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Tanger and around
♥   Art museum 'Dar el Makhzen (Tangier)' Tangier, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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The suburbs of the city are also a very interesting place from a historic point of view as they are the location of the ancient settlement of Anfa. Visitors will see here ruins of houses, ancient temples and squares. Archaeological excavations never stop on the territory of the settlement. The city of Fez is also rich in places of interest. This is the former capital of Morocco and the main cultural center of the country. There are several old protective facilities in the city and other important landmarks, such as Dar Batha Palace, Al Quaraouiyine Mosque, Andalusian Mosque and the tomb of Idris II. … Open
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