Tangier and the Mediterranean Travel Guide

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Kasbah

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  • Fodor's Choice

Published 03/20/2009

Fodor's Review

Sprawling across the ancient medina's highest point, Tangier's Kasbah can be blinding at midday as the infamous Mediterranean sun bounces off the pristine white walls, but the narrow streets give ample shade and breeze later in the afternoon, and it is a pleasant place to spend some time. Modified since the Roman era, its impressive wall is a relic of the Portuguese in the 16th century. During early Arab rule it was the traditional residence of the sultan and his harem. The Kasbah has always been shared by Moroccans and foreign residents alike—and particularly in the International Zone era. It is currently the site of some of the best hotels in the city. At one end of Place de la Kasbah, step through iconic Bab el Bhar for glorious views of the fishing port and across the Atlantic to Spain (only 20 miles away). There is also Bab el-As'aa (Door of the Rod), a beautiful worn zellij gate that used to be the site of punishments, and Bab Haha, another ancient gate. You can reach the Kasbah by passing through Bab el Fahs ("Checkpoint Gate" in Arabic) into the medina from the Grand Socco and climbing Rue d'Italie, which turns into the steep Rue de la Kasbah, and entering through the Kasbah gate, Bab el Kasbah, at the top.

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Tangier, Tanger-Tétouan, Morocco

Published 03/20/2009

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