Tangier: An International City

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone: we’re huge fans of Anthony Bourdain. About a year ago, we were watching an episode of Parts Unknown in Tangier and it made us so excited that we decided to visit Morocco.

Small streets and alleys everywhere

Small streets and alleys everywhere

Meat market

Meat market

Produce market

Produce market

It wasn’t until much later in our planning process that I realized Tangier doesn’t have a great reputation compared to other Moroccan cities. It’s often seen as a day-trip from Spain and it’s an area with relatively high crime rate and pushy “guides.” It’s also arguably the least Moroccan city of Morocco due to its prior international city status and its proximity to Spain.

One of many steep stairs in Morocco

One of many steep stairs in Morocco

We arrived by FRS Ferry from Tarifa and it was close to 11pm when the boat finally arrived at port. In the darkness, we were so thankful that our hotel, Dar 23, had sent someone to meet us at the port. We quickly settled into the hotel and went to sleep. In the morning, we saw our first crowded Moroccan skyline from the roof of our hotel.

Rooftop view

Rooftop view

Rooftop view

Rooftop view

We also enjoyed our first of many carb-heavy Moroccan breakfasts. I did get tired of bread by the end of our week in Morocco but I will always remember how amazing Moroccan orange juice tastes.

Moroccan orange juice is amazing

Moroccan orange juice is amazing

After breakfast, we took a quick stroll around Tangier and soon after, our driver/guide Jalil, came to pick us up. We spent the next 6 days with Jalil and we’re so happy we hired him. He speaks excellent English, is honest (which is surprisingly hard to find), and has a great attitude. Since we don’t speak French or Arabic, we would’ve been in big trouble getting around without his help.

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