Tangier is a bustling port city in the North of Morocco, the perfect spot to depart for the south of Spain. The bus journey from Chefchaouen to Tangier was a real pleasure, the bus traversing wide valleys against backdrops of craggy mountain ranges.
The bus station at Tangier is located well outside the city and we were obliged to get a taxi into the Hotel Continental. The taxi cost us 70 Dhs and seemed like a pretty reasonable deal, who knows if it was or not. Our faith in taxi drivers across the world remains low, one never knows what the price actually should be, or so it seems.
We had elected to have our last night in Morocco at the Hotel Continental, as it is located directly across from the ferry port and reputedly has the most ornate and beautiful breakfast room in the country but a word of warning it also has the worst breakfast, or so we had been told. It’s true, the breakfast is ordinary to say the least; the hotel is tired although it shows signs of having been a true French Colonial beauty in its heyday and has some interesting historical and quirky artefacts. It really is quite an eccentric place to stay and is air conditioned, an important factor in hotels but not traditional style housing in Morocco or so we found.
As we had arrived in the early evening and had booked tickets on the FRS ferry for the next morning we were keen to have a quiet and early night. So forgoing the excitement and lure of yet another medina, we crossed the road to the newly renovated waterfront and strolled along under the palms, taking in the sights and sounds of the bustling city. Tangier, outside the medina of course, could be any modern city, with sky scrappers, night clubs, cafes and shopping malls interrupting the traffic. We used our tried and true method of finding food that is not aimed at tourists and their pockets, by going 3 streets back from the waterfront and found Pizza Nour . A busy cafe with street side and indoor tables, a very happy and bustling staff and not a tourist in sight. We managed to order in our proficient, french-moroccan-english patois.
We ordered a couple of Chwarma plates, a coke and enjoyed people watching, as city workers on their way home, pulled up out the front, gave their order and had their pizza, chwarma or other delicious looking take away delivered across the road to the car. We were hoping it was better than our version of drive through, McDonalds. Naturally it was (not really that hard one suspects!), we received 2 enormous plates of kebab chicken, salad and potato chips; another addition to world cuisine the humble chip and all for about half the price of the ‘authentic moroccan cuisine’ on the strip running along the beach.
As always it was a warm night in Morocco, although the coastal breeze made the meander home along the foreshore very pleasant indeed.
Best room, worst breakfast
It is true, the breakfast at the Hotel Continental was well, average to say the least but the opulence and intricacy of the room was unsurpassed on our Moroccan journey.
It took us only a few minutes to amble across to the ferry terminal from the hotel and before we knew it we were rolling away through the waves towards Spain and our new home in Alorà.
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Loved this post! Beautiful images makes me want to visi! I’m going to have to add Morroco to my bucket list of places I want to travel to now 🙂
I haven’t been to Morocco..!! Very well narrated post & Beautiful images. I hope you enjoyed and had a memorable trip.
The view from the hotel of the bay of Tangier is beautiful. Hope you enjoyed your stay. Keep sharing your travel stories.
Fantastic post, i love the way you write, i really felt like i was there with you. Thanks for sharing!
Sounds like you had a great time travelling- and then returning home! Nothing like sleeping in your own bed!
Hi Frankie, thanks for your comment. We haven’t seen our own beds for 8 months, 4 more to go until we get there! Happy Travels
Happy travels! This is definitely on my bucket list
Hi Martha, we hope you get to go soon. Thanks for your comments. Happy Travels
Interesting – what made the hotel breakfast average/bad?
What’s a standard Morrocan breakfast like?
Hi Malini, thanks for your comments and questions. The standard Moroccan breakfast is wonderful, bread, jams, eggs, cucumber, tomato, fruits awesome! The one at this hotel is a really average buffet style with very little choice and soggy bread! But the room was amazing, well worth some average coffee and soggy croissants. Hope you get to go. Happy Travels
Your pics are beautiful, makes me want to go there. I haven’t been to Morocco yet but my parents have and they absolutely loved it.
Thank you, we hope you can get there soon. Happy Travels
Great post! Well written 🙂 Makes me want to visit when next in Morroco! Hope you had a safe trip back x
Hi Carina, thank you for your comments, I hope you are able to find a night to discover Tangier when next in Morocco. Do you go often? What is your favourite place? We found it quite safe and other than the unofficial guides found everyone very helpful and friendly. Happy Travels