Tangiers, Morocco - Africa Cruises

Tangiers is located just 20 miles from Spain across from the Strait of Gibraltar. A bustling city, filled with shops, beaches and historical landmarks. Take in the views along the beachfront Ave Mohamed VI, and sample the local mint tea. Or visit the Kasbah Museum, located in the former Sultan’s palace. The Souk in the Medina is also worth a visit with brasswork, leather goods, carpets, clothing and spices on offer.

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Tetouan

    Explore enchanting Tetouan, a city which holds all the fascination you would expect from Morocco.

    Tetouan

    Tetouan is picturesquely situated on the nothern slopes of the Djebel Dersa mountain and overhangs the fertile and green orchard filled valley of the Oued Martil.

    Tetouanis affectionately call their city ‘The Daughter of Granada’ as it is dominated architecturally by the Hispanic influence. You’ll see the odd mix of Spanish and Moorish architecture, white walled houses and green tiled roofs. Tetouan was built by Muslim refugees from Spain in the 15 th century, and was expanded by the Spanish government in the 20th century.

    Begin your tour at the Souk el Hots, followed by the Guersa El Kebira Square, with its traditional fabric shops, and make a stop at the Place de l’Usàa, where you will see some impressive architecture.

    From here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the labyrinth of alleyways of the Médina. Due to its relatively small size, it offers visitors a chance to explore without getting hopelessly lost. There are three distinct sections of the Médina, the Andalucian, Jewish, and Berber sections, which now form a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

    A welcoming refreshment of mint tea and a pastry will be served at a local restaurant to give you time for peaceful contemplation.

    Finally you’ll view the exterior of the impressive King’s Palace before heading back to the ship.


    There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour over uneven ground and cobbled streets. The order of the tour may vary.

    Tour code

    TNG_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Tangier & Show

    Tangier, the ‘White City’, star of many films, and the city of many stars. Be mesmerised by the charm of the Moroccan Folklore.

    Tangier & Show

    At the crossroads of Europe and Africa, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Tangier opens the door onto Morocco.

    On your way to Cap Spartel, You’ll drive through the residential district with its mansion houses, and along through the main avenues of the new town to the sandy beach resort of Malabata with its seaside hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafés.

    The lighthouse at Cap Spartel is stunning. It is set on the extreme North Cape of the African continent and sometimes, on a clear day, you can see the extraordinary meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, one turquoise and the other a dark blue sea.

    After a photo stop, you’ll continue on a panoramic drive around the Kasbah District.

    Moroccan mint tea and cookies will be served while you enjoy a local Folklore show.

    Before returning to the Harbour you will have the opportunity to visit the Kasbah Museum.

    This tour operates by coach and on foot. The venue for the Folklore show is not air conditioned. There is approximately one hour of walking over uneven surfaces and approximately 50 steps to negotiate on this tour.

    Tour code

    TNG_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Easy Tangier

    This leisurely option is perfect if you wish to explore Tangier from the comfort of your coach.

    Easy Tangier

    Begin your excursion with a drive through the residential district and main avenues of the New Town. Continue via the scenic mountain road and along the Atlantic coast road to the lighthouse at Cap Spartel. It is set on the extreme North Cape of the African continent and sometimes, on a clear day, you can see the extraordinary meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, one turquoise and the other dark blue in colour.

    Sip Moroccan mint tea and local pastries, whilst enjoying the great view.

    Returning to Tangier, you’ll drive back through the residential district, with its fabulous mansion houses, and along through the main avenues of the New Town to the sandy beach resort of Malabata with its seaside hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafés.


    This tour operates by coach and on foot and involves very little walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. Sightseeing will be mainly from the coach.

    Tour code

    TNG_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Artistic Asilah

    Discover the beauty that drew Matisse, Tennessee Williams, Edith Wharton, and even Jimi Hendrix to alluring Asilah.

    Artistic Asilah

    You’ll arrive by coach at Asilah. With its white and blue houses, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in Greece, but the tapas and paella on the menus and the houses’ wrought-iron window grills reassures that this sleepy North African fishing town actually switched between Spanish and Portuguese colonial power for centuries.

    Your walking tour starts in the beautiful walled medina, painted in pastel colours and decorated with ornate murals created for Asilah’s annual Cultural Festival. The labyrinth of lanes lined by whitewashed houses, studios and galleries are very photogenic, so cameras’ at the ready for plentiful photo opportunities.

    You’ll pause to admire the ancient gates of the Old City, Bab Homar at the southern entrance to the medina, still topped by a crumbling Portuguese royal coat of arms. Then, you’ll stroll on to admire the Palais Raissouli, now the Palace of Culture, on the seaside of the medina. Built in in 1909 by a pirate named Pasha Er-Raissouli, it’s hard to believe this opulent palace was once a notorious pirate’s den.

    Before you board the coach for the journey back to Tangier, there’ll be time to stop for refreshments. And, if time permits on the return, you may even be able to squeeze in 20 minutes to shop in Tangier’s own fine medina.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hour’s of walking over uneven surfaces.

    Tour code

    TNG_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Tangier City Tour

    Discover the highlights of Tangier and get a true flavour of the modern and historical delights of this bustling city.

    Tangier City Tour

    Tangier sits on the North African shores of one of the most important waterways in the world. The principle city on the straights of Gibraltar, Tangier is the the gateway to Africa and the window to Europe.

    Begin your excursion with a drive along the city’s sandy promenade towards ‘Cap Spartel’, with its striking lighthouse built in 1860. Here, you’ll stop briefly to marvel at the view from this north-westerly point of Africa. Along the way enjoy a typical Moroccon refreshment of mint tea and a pastry at a local hotel.

    Head back to Tangier, for a visit to the Kasbah, the fortified citadel within the old town. The diversity of the bustling crowds, heavy fragrances in the markets, the murmurs of the sea and the city blend together a cocktail of sensations to stun the senses.

    Enjoy a visit of the Kasbah Museum where the focus is on the history of the area from prehistoric times to the 19th century.

    You’ll also see the vibrant fruit and vegetable market and the heart of the city, the Grand Socco, a huge market place that echos the shouts of haggling merchants.

    Complete your tour with visit to the Medina, a labyrinth of quaint streets bordered with fabric shops.


    There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour, over uneven ground and cobbled streets. There are approximately 50 steps to negotiate at the Kasbah.Shopping time is not included in this tour.

    Tour code

    TNG_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

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