Vacation Rental Description
Tangiers is an interesting mix of north Africa, Spain, and France and is separated from Spain only by the 20 miles of the Strait of Gibraltar. Frequent ferries make the short crossing from Europe each day.
The house is 5-10 minutes walk from the port, close to the Musée de la Kasbah and within walking distance from all the city attractions. It is very close to the Socco, where you can browse all the wonderful Moroccan crafts, and a 15 minute walk from the nearest beach. The rental price is excaptionally good value.
The Kasbah is the old walled city of the King and sits on top of the Medina. I chose this residence because it has a lovely poetic, artistic and bohemian feel. As you may know Tangiers is famous for being the hideaway of numerous celebrated artists as poets such as Paul Bowles, Cecil Beaton, William Burroughs, Joe Orton, Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote and Allen Ginsberg,
The house is located half way down a small alley-way at the end of the Medina so you are right in the heart of the real Morocco. Its location in the medina is excellent, with many shops and cafes nearby to buy food and provisions. You feel very much part of the kasbah and are treated as a local if you are respectful and willing to converse. There is little hassle from locals and lots of genuine offers of hospitality.
The house is basic,traditional and rustic in style with white-washed walls throughout. There are two double bedrooms (4.5m x 2.1m), one bedroom with two single beds (4.1m x 2.1m), a main bathoom with bath and shower (2.5m x 2.1m), a second bathroom with toilet (1.55m x 2.2m), a dining room/living room (4.5m x 2.1m), a kitchen (3m x 2.1m), a balcony (1m x 4m) and a roof terrace (5m x 5.2m).
- Linen Service
Already supplied for your visit are the following:
All bed linen including sheets, covers, pillow, pillow cases and blankets;
All cutlery including knives, forks and spoons;
All kitchenware including bowls, plates, mugs, glasses, cups, kitchen tools and place mats;
Basic condiments for use in the kitchen;
Towels for all the family;
Hot water available from water heater. From cold, the water takes 30 minutes to heat up. Once heated it lasts for a few days.
All utility bills are included in the price.
There are two double bedrooms (4.5m x 2.1m), one bedroom with two single beds (4.1m x 2.1m), a main bathoom with bath and shower (2.5m x 2.1m), a second bathroom with toilet (1.55m x 2.2m), a dining room/living room (4.5m x 2.1m), a kitchen (3m x 2.1m), a balcony (1m x 4m) and a roof terrace (5m x 5.2m).
What to Do: Try people watching on the Terrasse des Paresseux, boulevard Pasteur or on Sunday along the beachfront Av. Mohamed VI.
Mnar Park - aquatic park with an amazing view of the coast. Open in 2005 it costs 5€ for children and 10€ Adults and has aqua slides, karting circuits, cafés and a romantic restaurant.
Visit the American Legation Museum in the walled city. (Morocco was the first country to recognize the United States, in December 1777 with the hope of promoting commerce with the new republic. This act by the Moroccan sultan was the first public recognition of the U.S. by a head of state.)
Go to the souk on Thursday or Saturday mornings to see the Rif mountain women in their colourful costumes selling their produce and dairy products all along the wall of the English Church.
- Nearest Airport : Tangier-Ibn Batouta Airport at 12 kilometers distance;
- Nearest Train Station : Tanger Ville at 1 kilometers distance
- Travel Info: The house is 5-10 minutes walk from the port in Tangiers
There are several ways to get to the port in Tangiers:
1.Take a cheap flight to Spain (Malaga is the closest airport). From Malaga take a bus (two hours) or hire a car (one and a half hours) to the Spanish port of Algerciras. Or you could take a flight to Gibraltar which is only a 30 minute bus ride to the port of Algerciras.
From Algerciras it is best to get the free bus to Tarifa (about 30 minutes) from where you can get the high speed FRS catamaran boat to the port of Tangiers in the heart of Tangiers city, which takes 35 minutes (one hour in the winter). The boat leaves every 2 hours from Tangier and the last FRS boat of the day returns to Tarifa at around 22.00. The cost is around 37 euros for one way, or 67 euros for a return ticket; Sometimes there are variations in arrival and departure times so it is always wise to check when you are there;
2. Another option. Is to take a ferry from Algeciras to the new port of Tanger-Med which is situated in about 30 km from Tangiers. The cost is around 30 euros one-way and about 63 euros for a return trip. The ferry takes one to two hours. Obviously that is not as convenient as you do not arrive in the city of Tangiers and the journey is longer.
3. By Air Direct to Tangiers
Tangier-Ibn Batouta Airport (TNG) is located 12 km (7.5 miles) from the city (travel time about 20 minutes). Taxis cost around 100 Dirham (10€) from Tangier and 150 Dh (15€) at night from the airport to Tangiers. At present Royal Air Maroc, British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair, Iberia, and Air Arabia Maroc fly here. All persons entering or leaving Morocco are required to complete an entry/exit card and non-residents are permitted to remain in Morocco for a total of 90 days. Arriving by aeroplane is the easiest and most hassle-free way of getting to Tangiers.
4. By train
ONCF opened a new train station, Tanger Ville, in 2003, which is now the end of the line. While it's closer to the city centre than Tanger Morora, the former last station), it is still quite a long walk so take a petit taxi for 15dhs or so.
The country has an excellent railway system with 1,893km (1,176mi) of track and a fine intercity passenger service. Overnight train services running throughout Europe can connect with Morocco. Most of the time, non- stop trains are fine but those which are not direct sometimes make unscheduled stops en route but you will reach your destination eventually.
There is a night-train leaving from Tangier to Marrakesh at 9:05PM costing 350 Dirhams for a couchette. There is a daily Train service to Fez for 155 Dirhams for a first class fare (5 hour journey).
5. By car or motorcycle
You can come by car by ferry from Algerciras and Tarifa in Spain or through the Spanish enclave of Ceuta (reached by ferry from Algeciras and other ports in Spain). The ferry crossing varies from 1 hour to 3 hours. The shortest and cheapest will be from Tarifa to/from Tangier taking around 35 minutes.
Coming by car or motorcycle can be a daunting process especially if you are new to Morocco. You have to complete a temporary import form for the customs ("Douane" in French). Sometimes this is done on the ferry (usually in the busy summer months) and at other times on arrival in Tangier. All persons entering Morocco also have to complete an entry/exit card. The Police and the Customs will both search your car - often not together so you need to be patient.
6. By bus
Tangiers has two long distance bus stations. The first, at the CTM offices near the port, is the arrival point of most CTM buses. Some other CTM buses, and those from other companies, arrive at the station on Place Jamia el-Arabia.
C.T.M. - Place d’ Espagne. Gare routière - Tel. 00212 (0)39 931 172