This week, I sat down and created a website listing bus schedule times for the Gare Routier here in Tangier. You can take a look here: Tangier Bus Schedule Online! It allows you to search by city. As a part of our business we are creating several similar sites for Rabat, Casablanca, and Marrakesh in the coming months. The image below is a screenshot showing the schedules. Hope it’s helpful to some of you Tangier folks out there!

Tangier Bus Schedule.

Transport in Tangier is easy and accessible. Please see Links and Map below:

CTM Bus: http://www.ctm.ma/
ONCF Train: http://www.oncf.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx

FRS Ferry: http://www.frs.es/en/home-area/timetable.html
Balearia Ferry:

http://www.balearia.com/wps/portal/comercial/web_en?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=%2Fcomercial%2Fen%2FSecciones%2FHorarios&horario=comercial%2Fen-Algeciras-Tanger&retorno=comercial%2Fen-Tanger-Algeciras&origen=Algeciras&destino=Tanger

 

This large map of Tangier was provided by Andrew Horner.


Leather

Ali Souvenir, 11 rue Khalid Ibn Walid (by the cannons off blv Pasteur)
Puerto Rico Shop, Place Ouad Ahardan 27, medina
Les Merinides, rue Sabou 21, medina
Volubilis, 15 petit Socco (opposite café Central)

Handlooms
Handloom complex, Fundook Shajarah, take stairs down from Hotel Minzah then
enter through the large wooden door on the right. The shop at the end has the
best selection.

Ceramics
Bleu de Fez, 65 rue les Almohades, medina

Tangier Morocco shopping

Bookstores
La Libraire Les Insolites, 28 rue Khalid Ibn Oualid
Librairie des Colonnes, 54 blv Pasteur
Page et Plume, 3 rue el Hariri (place des Nations)

Contemporary & Lifestyle
La Tribu des Ziri, 28 rue Khalid ibn Walid (1st floor)
Las Chicas, porte de la Kasbah
Les Merinides (see above)
Volubilis (see above)
Boutique Majid, 66 rue les Almohades

Gifts
Medini perfumerie, on blv Pasteur and next to Asima and in medina
Darna Darnia, rue Jules Cott (opposite the slipper/shoe market)
Naturally Gifted, 42 rue de Holland, complex Dawliz
Moroccan Natural Secrets, 57 rue Riad Sultan, Kasbah

Carpets
Bazar Tindouf, rue de la Liberte (opposite Hotel Minzah)
Les Merinides (see above)
Boutique Majid (see above)

Herbalists
Adaguen, 2 rue el Hariri and at the bottom of the rue de Kasbah, grand socco
Bazoona store, 136 rue d’Angleterre

Smart hammams offering beauty treatments:
Elysium Center, 4, rue al Jabha al Watanya (next to Hotel Rembrandt)
Serenity Day Spa, rue Adolfo Fessere, California

Notable markets:

Behind the mosque in the grand socco is the Sidi Boubaid market, full of
ceramics, spices, baskets, plants and all sorts of treasures.

Slipper/shoes market is located opposite St Andrews church, also good for
jellabahs and woven place mats.

On Thursdays and Sundays there is a farmers market outside At Andrews where
the mountain people sell their organic produce, fresh herbs, flowers, grains, oils
and live chickens!

For more shopping go to:

www.tangerpocket.com

-Article compiled by Rima Farah

Nesting just inside the medina wall lies an eighteenth century stone building, a gift to the American people by Sultan Moulay Suliman: Tangier American
Legation.

My first thought when we arrived was: why do I not know about this place from the history books? The Legation served as a diplomatic post for a record 140
years, the first diplomatic mission born out of the 1786 treaty of Friendship between the two nations.

Entering through a hidden arch into the charming courtyard we make our way upstairs to the elegant rooms full of beautiful old carpets, antique furnisher,
lamps and a vast art collection. My sister who lives here, being an artist walked me through the themed rooms, featuring etchings and engravings, drawings and
paintings. Its an impressive collection charting through the history and diversity of both Tangier and Morocco. Many artists left their imprint, the orientalist,
Roberts & Lewis, Delacroix and Matisse and the numerous resident artists who settled here, like the Scottish James McBey, Stuart Church, Claudio Bravo
and Pedicarius. Even more impressive is the work by Moroccan artists, Glaoui, Hamri, Idrissi, Fuentes to name a few, displayed intimately in a room alongside
others on the ground floor, more familiar names, Yves St Laurent, Cecil Beaton and Oskar Kokoshka.

Alongside one of the terraces is the beautifully constructed Moorish pavilion with its splendid painted ceilings and doors, wooden mushrabiehs and old mosaic
floor tiles. The pavilion is a good example of the best craftsmanship of the whole Magreb with a respect for tradition. Here we find two miniature battle scenes,
gifts along with numerous books from the late publisher Malcolm Forbes.

We make our way downstairs to yet another pebbled courtyard with the scent of jasmine wafting through to the Paul Bowles room. Writer and composer and long
term resident of Tangier we find some of his possessions simply displayed, along with photographs of his contemporaries, the many visitors to Tangier, writers,
composers, playwrights and artists….Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, William Borroughs and Truman Capote. In this room we take time off to relax and listen
to Paul’s music.

This is a gem of a place and a great introduction to the old Tangier and if you have the time, they have a cycle of events, films, book launches, debates and
conferences and concerts. Mohammed, the curator and occasionally the director Jerry Loftus are happy to answer questions (and can show you the letter from
George Washington) and there are wonderful books for sale and lots more on the website: www.legation.org

Article submitted by A. Ghanam

February 1-9
National Film Festival
Cinematheque de Tanger, Cinema Roxy

March 21-26
Festival Cinema Nachia (short films)
Cinematheque de Tanger
24-28
Salon Regional du Livre
Delegation de la Culture, Rue d’Angleterre

May 2-5
Salon International de Tanger des Livres et des Arts
Palais Des Institutions Italiennes

June 27-July 1
2nd Tarab Traditional World Music Festival. www.tarabtanger.com
Various venues.

July 6-7
Festival Culturel International d’Assilah

September 19-23
Tanjazz Festival de Jazz. www.tanjazz.org
Palais Des Institutions Italiennes
27-30
Festival sans Frontier (music, art, discussions…)
Gallery Mohamed Drissi

Oct 1-6
Festival of Short Films
Cinema Roxy and Cinematheque de Tanger
4-7
Correspondances de Tanger (literary festival with concerts & lectures)
Various venues. www.correspondances-de-tanger.com

Nov 16-17
Salon Regional du Livre de Tanger
Delegation de la Culture, Rue d’Angleterre

*** Please note that dates may vary and it’ s best to check with Tanger Pocket which is available on line as a PDF: www.tangerpocket.com

 

Many moons ago when I came to Tangier, we stayed at one of those faceless hotels full of lager louts that sometimes come included in package holidays. In

those days we came on business so it did not matter. Fast forward 17 years and little did I know that once you move away from Boulevard Pasteur or Mohammed V, there is charm, history and beauty to discover. You just need to climb higher to get to it so add a great work out to the list.

Start at the Grand Socco…the hub…. with Cinema Rif presiding. Walk through the white gate with the Mendoubia gardens to your left (note the two amazingly large trees) and start climbing the Rue de Kasbah or Rue d’Italie as it is sometimes called until at the very top you come to the main entrance to Kasbah.

 

Kasbah: Enter and go through to the far side then right down the passage (with the wall on the left) leading down to place de Kasbah. Continue through the next white arch leading to place Amrah and straight through then up by the Barbara Hutton house, (historic Café Baba perched half way) making a loop and climbing back to place de Kasbah where the museum is. This time take the small road by the museum and walk back along the (other) wall to the entrance.

Recommendations: Nebab Moroccan restaurant a few streets away from placeAmrah.  El Morocco club in the entrance to Kasbah for both inexpensive light
meals outside, a piano bar serving tapas and a smart restaurant upstairs. Volubilis Art Gallery opposite.

Merchane: Instead of taking a right into Kasbah, at the top of the road, continue veering left and sticking to the right hand fork past the old Italian consulate and the blue door of Merchane Art Gallery. Once the road flattens out you have gardens on one side and the sea on the other. Take in the Phoenician tombs, the views and finally walk the length of Rue Shakespeare, which starts to the left of the Malcolm Forbes house (now a royal guest house). At the very end of Rue Shakespeare you have a wonderful vista of the Straits. It is magical and you can see Spain on a clear day from several places. The cemetery at the far end by the mosque is also beautiful. Then walk around the other side of the palace and stadium returning to the same place.

Recommendations: Las Chicas (lifestyle shop with tea room) at the intersection top of Rue Kasbah. The Phoenician tombs, Marchane Art Gallery and Café Hafa for Baisa (lentil soup).

The Tangier American Legation Institute is a museum and cultural center, and is the only US National Historic Landmark abroad. The building was the first American diplomatic property in the world, a gift of the Sultan of Morocco in 1821.
The Legation museum is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 – 13:00 & 15:00 – 17:00,
and on Fridays 10:00 – 12:00 & 15:00 – 17:00.
Closed on weekends; groups by appointment (Tel: 05 39 93 53 17). Country code +212

For more information visit the Legation Website , and the Directors Blog.

Take in the scene.

Stand on the kerb of a sun-bathed street, a confluence of streets all flowing into one wide space. This broad road isn’t a neat division of the vulnerable from the metallic kept apart by some archane social contract based on pain. This broad space is a venue for Pedestrian versus Vehicle. The throng strolls about in the road paying little attention to the slow advance of taxis and cars that voice their frustration through blaring horns. Across on the far side, against a long white wall, a market lines the road. Country women in straw hats and pom-poms sell live chickens and cheese, fruit and vegetable sellers shout out their prices and prospective customers debate price and quality while cars noisily try to get to their destinations. Take in the colour. Take in the sound. Take in the press of humanity. And step out into it. (more…)

Mickey Raymond, 81, mover and shaker at Colefax and Fowler lives in stately home style in a spacious bungalow in Tangier’s Marshan, the plateau west of the Casbah, the hill before the Old Mountain where it gets truly Surrey-like, beyond and above which are the palaces of the King of Morocco, the Saudis and the Emir of Kuwait, and those of their wives.
The Marshan is a district of faded grand residences, one-time legations, a football stadium, hospitals, schools and the King’s Tangier town house or ‘office’, where York Castle crumbles, the Phoenicians entombed their dead and the hip hang-out Cafe Hagh tumbles down the shady northern cliffs facing Tarifa and Spain.
Mickey’s bungalow is at the eastern city end as the hill plateaus out and Tangier reestablishes back into more hectic hilly familiarity. He is hedged between a print works and an apartment block but once inside you’d not know. His seclusion is absolute, the calm disturbed by a grandfather clock and a visual assault of furniture, furnishings, pictures, murals, and objets d’art, that should but fail to preclude elegance. (more…)

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