Cheap flights to Tangier
With its palm tree-lined promenade, swathes of sandy beaches and old colonial charm, it’s no wonder Tangier was a playground for the rich and famous for much of the 20th century.
Although the city’s position as Europe’s premier holiday hotspot has long since diminished, its appeal as an exotic tourist destination still shines as brightly as ever. For those looking for stunning beaches, perfect year-round weather, great accommodation choices and just a little hint of the exotic, then Tangier could be the destination you are looking for.
Librairie des Colonnes (54 Boulevard Pasteur) is Tangier's oldest bookshop and something of a local institution, publishing work by local writers, poets and photographers, as well as holding a huge selection of books on Tangier and by local writers in four languages. Ask inside about regular literary events.
Now in its 14th year, the TANJAzz Festival of Jazz will be returning to Tangier on 19-23 September. TANJAzz has gone from strength to strength, establishing itself as one of the western Mediterranean's most important jazz festivals and attracting the cream of Morocco's jazz scene, as well as a traditionally strong international contingent. The main performances are held at the Palais des Institutions Italiennes but there will also be a host of free events in the bars and restaurants around town. tanjazz.org
Cinema Rif had been lying desolate for several decades before it was tastefully restored and reopened to the public in 2006. Run by a non-profit organisation whose aim is to promote world cinema in Morocco, it screens independent movies from the far corners of the globe. It also has a smart cafe and bar area (Grand Socco, tel: 0539 934 683, cinemathequedetanger.com).
The fast ferry from the port in Tangiers to the Spanish town of Tarifa takes 35 minutes and gets you to the heart of Spain's surf capital. Sign up for some surfing or kite-surfing lessons, or just enjoy a chilled-out mojito in one of the many beach bars.