Combine the sights of Tangier with a typically
Moroccan Fantasia Show, and explosion of color and folklore.
A scenic drive takes you to Cap Spartel, a promontory projecting into the waters where the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet. You’ll stop here for a unique photo opportunity and to visit Hercules Caves. The caves have been carved out by the perpetual action of the waves and partially by the hand of man. The Berbers used to extract limestone from the caves to make millstones. They were inhabited during prehistoric times and the Phoenicians have left some markings on the walls. You’ll learn some of the many legends surrounding these caves.
A highlight of your day is a visit to the Ahlen (Welcome) Village to enjoy‘Fantasia Show’. On arrival, enjoy a variety of Moroccan pastries and mint tea under traditional Berber tents. Take in a performance of local song and dance, including a belly dance, acrobats, magicians and a camel ride to make this a thoroughly enjoyable experience. You will also witness an authentic horse race, performed by skilled horsemen in local costume. At the end of the race, it is traditional for the horsemen to fire their rifles into the air. The race itself is deeply rooted in the Moroccan collective conscience as a symbol of manhood, courage, and hospitality.
A short drive takes you to the entrance of the medina, where you’ll enjoy a comprehensive walk through one of Tangier’s most historic and architecturally interesting areas before moving on to the Grand Souk. The Kasbah area is spread across the highest point of the medina, and your guide leads you on an uphill walk while pointing out some of the highlights. Once at the top, you find yourself in an area much unchanged since the Roman times. The Kasbah was the traditional residence of the sultan and his harem, and is now one of the most fashionable residential areas of Tangier and much quieter quarter than the other areas of the city.
Winding your way back down the hill, your guide leads you into one of Tangier's most colorful and bustling areas, the Grand Souk. Is always full of life and remains a busy place, especially when Riffian peasants come to market. It is the center of things and the link between the medina and the new city. You’ll have some time for those last minute purchases before returning to your ship.