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Tangier and the Mediterranean Travel Guide

Plan Your Tangier and the Mediterranean Vacation

Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the backbone of the Rif Mountains are figurative golden gates through which many travelers enter Morocco. Though not associated with the maroc typique of deserts and oases, this northern region holds all the Arabian Nights allure that many people associate with the country—as well as an energy unparalleled in the rest of Morocco.

The ancient cities of Tangier and Tetouan offer a glimpse of evolving urban Morocco with their Arab-inspired sophistication, European dress and languages, palm-lined boulevards, and extensive infrastructure for travelers. Here the vast majority of the population is under 25, and the streets are full of children until late in the evening, especially in the summer months. Tangier is in sharp contrast to the villages and small towns along the Rif Mountains routes, where regional dress and a traditional, agricultural way of life persist. As you travel farther east, the language shifts from Arabic to Rifi Berber (Tarifit), spotted with Spanish and French.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Tangier This city charms many newcomers with its eye-popping views, calm breezes, its internationalism, and its friendly inhabitants who are always curious to know more about the outside world.
  2. The Rif Mountains Running parallel to the Mediterranean coast for 200 km (180 mi), this is the highest range in the north and offers some of the best scenery and trekking in Morocco.
  3. Tetouan Overlooking the verdant Martil Valley, Tetouan is famous for its Hispano-Moorish architecture and medina.
  4. Chefchaouen This charming blue-and-white mountain stronghold is one of Morocco's through-the-looking-glass fantasy spots, and is especially popular with nature lovers.

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When to Go to Tangier and the Mediterranean

The region has a temperate, coastal climate throughout the year, though the bone-chilling winter weather can catch unprepared tourists off guard. Inla...

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