Top 5 Must Do's in Tangier

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Tiangier Must Do’s list is a long one for tourists, with a long history and many modern development its hard to know exactly where to start.

Caves of Hercules

The main attraction of Tangier, tourists must visit this cave located 14 km west of Tangier. Supposely Hercules slept in the caves when he made the Straits of Gibraltar. There are two entrances one of them leading out to the ocean which at high tide is impassable. Guides are hired at each entrance and will lead tourists through the cave explaining the main features.

Tangier Grand Mosque

In the centre of Tangier is the Grand Mosque. Originally it was a Roman Temple to Hercules, than a Portuguese cathedral before being turned into a mosque in the 17th century. After being expanded in 1815 it is one of the largest mosques in Morocco and all experienced tourists to Tangier place it on their must do list.

Tangier American Legation Museum 

Established in 1976 by a group of Americans, the Tangier American Legation Museum is dedicated to a number of things. First and foremost it acts as a centre of cultural and artistic studies in Morocco, as well as showing past and present Moroccan-American ties. The museum is in the former US consulate presented by the Moroccan Sultan in 1821 to symbolize the Moroccan-US friendship. The building is still owned by the US government today.

Dar-el-Makhzen: Museums of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities

The Sultanate Palace was built in the 17th century and served as the home of the Morocco Sultans until they were turned into the museums of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities.  The  Museums feature artwork from Morocco including silk carpets, ornate firearms, ancient manuscripts and Roman artefacts as well as prehistory finds. The Roman mosaic ‘The Voyage of Venus’ is of particular pride and seeing it is a must do for travellers. Overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar tourists can get fantastic pictures from the top of the museum.

The Grand Socco

Translated as Big Square the Grand Socco is the location of the Tangier Grand Mosque, and there are a number of other tourist sites nearby. In the evening a bazaar opens up where fruits, spices, hand made and second hand goods are all for sale. The peasants are friendly and colourful, for tourists seeking a chance to bargain it’s a must do.  
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