Pay a visit to Tangier Grande Mosque in the Grand Socco area of central Tangier. See the 18th-century mosque in all its splendour, and try to spot the remnants of the Portuguese cathedral and Roman temple dedicated to Hercules that once stood in its place. The mosque was built on the orders of Ismail Ibn Sharif, once the ruler of Morocco, and an alleged descendant of Muhammad.
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
Experience an unexpected slice of England in the Church of Saint Andrew, just a stone's throw from Grand Socco. Built in 1894 and designed with a Moorish twist, the church is open every day and commemorates Emily Keene, the Englishwoman who married the Shareef of Ouzzane and introduced the cholera vaccine to Morocco (50 Rue d'Angleterre, Socco).
On a stormy Moroccan afternoon, independent cinema Cinémathèque de Tanger is the perfect place to escape the rain and soak up some culture. The non-profit organisation run by artist Yto Barrada took over the premises of Cinema Rif in 2006 to promote locally made film and world cinema in Morocco (Grand Socco, 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.