I always thought that the likes of Paris or Venice were the world’s greatest destinations for avid tourists like me. But like other travelers who happen to evolve with time and finally find their nerves agreeing on visiting a relatively cheaper and distant destination, I found my solace in traveling to Tangier.
Tangier – the city where William Burroughs, Henri Matisse and the rest of the notable personalities found their unsung inspiration – turned out to be a source of rejuvenation for me also.
I was soothed by the fact that Tangier is comparable to New Orleans in terms of music playing everywhere, to Paris in terms of the rampant love and freedom on the streets, and Venice in terms of the culturally absorbed architecture. In my two-day stay here, my thirst of wandering freely on the streets in Tangier was quenched.
Kasbah used to be a very strategic place in the past that provided a wider view of the Medina below it. As I entered the Bab Haha, I was greeted by the outstretched courtyards and cobblestoned alleys that wound and snaked upward to the top as a labyrinth of surprises.
It was there that I smelled the sieving fresh scent of Moroccan culture and the alleys got narrower and narrower as I ascended upward up to a point that I could touch both walls with my both hands.
During my stroll, I came across the 17th-century palace of the Sultans. Its extensive courtyards, vaulted ceilings, and intricately designed roman pillars spoke of the journey of the remnants of the Moroccan rulers.
I could feel the ambiance of centuries-old air around me and the walls depicting a timeline of events that they have witnessed.
I started anticlockwise as I entered the first courtyard. The displays of the artifacts from the prehistoric eras to the times of 19th century were immaculately oozing their share of history.
As I went up the Kasbah, I eventually found a spot from where I could see the wide extents of lazy Mediterranean. This spot, the Café Baba, allowed me to have the privilege of breathing in the scent of the mint tea as well as the view beyond. One might think how could someone breathe views in. Well, when you are in places like Tangier and especially in the Kasbah, you’d know, for sure, what I mean here.
It is here in this place that you’d find your love for freely scrounging new places with your own hands without the need of a guide.
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Walking around here, I let my instincts and my feet guided me to unknown alleys where surprises await.
Hands down to Hotel Mamora – right in the middle of the city’s old medina. The room was basic to me but clean enough. What I love about this hotel is their restaurant which is overlooking the kasbah and the port. It’s walking distance to all the places mentioned above. And from here, you can walk to the port where the ferry to Spain docks.