"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary..." - Aaron Rose
Day 06: 17 Nov 2012
TANGIERS – FEZ
After breakfast the group had a city tour of Tangiers in the rain. First stop was the Cape Spartel, the most North West point of mainland Africa. Here we had a nice view of the meeting of the Mediterranean and Pacific oceans.
The cape is situated at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, 12 km West of Tangiers and rises to a height of 326 m at the top of Jebel Quebir where there is a tower nearer to the end of the cape which serves as a lighthouse. Near Cape Spartel is Spartel Bank, a sunken island hypothesized by some as the location of the legendary island of Atlantis. Below the cape are the Caves of Hercules.
Other places of interest visited Included The Kasbah, The Kasbah Museum and Maqam Ibnu Batutta. The Kasbah was built on the highest point in Tangiers and has excellent views out over the Straits of Gibraltar and neighboring Spain. Within its gates lies a large open courtyard, which leads up to the Dar el Makhzen - the Sultan's palace from the 17th century, that now serves as a museum.
The building is decorated with beautifully carved wooden ceilings and a marble courtyard. There is also a museum devoted to Moroccan arts and archeology. The road up to the top of the hill is very steep, but the views are amazing.
The Tangiers’ Medina (old-walled city) is a lively place. Its alleyways are filled with shops and tea-houses. Tourist trinkets are plentiful here but if you plan to continue traveling in Morocco, you'll find better deals elsewhere.
We had a Moroccan lunch while entertained by live musicians. Lunch served was rice and lemon chicken. The restaurant owner allowed us to perform our prayers before we boarded the bus to Fez. The bus drove from Tangiers to Fez through the mountain road with a few stops for toilet breaks and a cup of hot coffee.
When we reached Fez, we have to walk quite a distance in the maze of the old medina to reach a Moroccan Restaurant where we had our dinner before proceeded to El-Manzeh Zalagh Hotel for the night.