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
The American Legation. The first American Legation to be built on foreign soil, this building dates to 1821 and is one of the most authentic Moorish buildings to be seen in the city. It also houses a magnificent collection of Moroccan art and a museum. 8 Rue Amerique, Old Medina. 0539 93 53 17.
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).
If you're in need of cooling down this summer, make the effort to skip the hotel pool in favour of a trip to the seaside. Located only 45 minutes away from the city by car or train, Assilah offers sprawling virgin beaches and a perfect opportunity to escape the hustle-bustle of big-city Tangier. Visit the town after the 6 July inauguration of the Festival Culturel International d'Assilah and you will see it at its colourful best, newly blue-washed and with brightly painted murals around every corner.
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.