Tangier is nothing like I had imagined (it's much better) and so very different from anything I'd ever seen before. We hired Baba, a private guide which meant we didn't have to travel around in a big pack. Baba drove us to the usual tourist spots: Cap Spartel, the Caves of Hercules, past the rich homes & palaces, through the modern part of the city. Then we headed to the Medina on foot. Fantastic! It was the highlight of our trip. He asked us if we wanted to ride a camel (yes), if we wanted to see a snake charmer (no), if we wanted to visit a herbalist (no), and he insisted on holding my packages so I could concentrate on taking pictures! No sales pressure, no sales pitches. (If we wanted to, fine; if not, we moved on.)
Tangier is fabulous - right out of a movie. All you can really do is walk around, but what a walk! Be prepared for the constant (and I mean constant!) hawkers of "treasures" that one normally has to go to Chinatown to get.
We took a ferry from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier, Morocco. Ferry information can be found at www.frs.es/eng/
From Algeciras to Tangier at 09:00 am. Fast catamaran takes around 70 minutes crossing. The return is at 02:30 pm.
Also there are ferries that operate between Algeciras and Tangier. They run every hour approximately from 7 am to 10 pm each way.
There is a safe parking place inside both ports Algeciras and Tarifa. It is Safe to leave the car for the day there.
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