Tangier – the Edge of Morocco
Tangier would be most likely the city you go to when you take ferry from Spain (Tarifa port). It is less than an hour away and an interesting addition to your trip of South Spain.
Though I’m glad that we did that jump (or continent crossing by sea to be exact), I’d be ambivalent about recommending people to follow our steps. Tangier and Tetouan are at the edge of Morocco and a world away from Europe in terms of culture, and probably quality of life.
As interesting as the experience was, the two cities did not show the best of Morocco first of all, and second of all we did not feel quite safe there. This could be coupled with the fact that we were two girls. If you go with a guy, the experience could be different. We really stood out as Asian girls and got lots of catcalls and random teasing from guys – which reminds me a bit too much of Indonesia in a not too nice way unfortunately.
A tip that would be extremely useful for us girls before we left is BRING A SCARF TO COVER YOUR HEAD! Morocco is a Muslim country and all female beings wear head covers. You would stick out less if you cover your head as well! I should’ve known this growing up in a Muslim country, but it just completely slipped my mind.
In any way Tangier gave me some pretty good photos, and I’ll let you decide for yourself whether you wanna make that side trip from Spain or not (as it seems unlikely anyone would reach Tangier or Tetouan from Marrakech – too far).
As always, click on the pictures to enlarge.
One surprising thing we found was that French is more widely spoken in Morocco than English. (I guess it wouldn’t be a surprise if we knew the country was previously occupied by the French.) It was really quite hard to find anyone that spoke English. Even the staff in our hotel were struggling greatly. It evoked many hilarious experiences ;). So go sharpen that school French of yours before going to Morocco (or in my case, start from scratch). If you speak Arabic then you’re just lucky!