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Cafe in Tangier

Gran Café de Paris

Gravity weighs upon the grand letters of the Gran Café de Paris, reminding us of its age at the crossroads of Tangier. Facing the Pl de France since 1927, this is the most famous of the coffee establishments along B…
Top Choice Museum in Tangier

Kasbah Museum

This museum is perfectly sited in Dar el-Makhzen, the former sultan’s palace (where Portuguese and British governors also lived). The focus is on the history of the area from prehistoric times to the 19th century. P…
Landmark in Tangier

Grand Hôtel Villa de France

To the north of Pl de France in the ville nouvelle, down Rue de la Liberté, stands the closed (though possibly to reopen) Grand Hôtel Villa de France. The French painter Eugène Delacroix stayed here in 1832, when it…
Top Choice Landmark in Tangier

Grand Socco

The Grand Socco (official name Pl du 9 Avril 1947) is the romantic entrance to the medina, a large, sloping, palm-ringed plaza with a central fountain that stands before the keyhole gate Bab Fass. Once a major marke…
Top Choice Square in Tangier

Petit Socco

Officially named Pl Souq ad-Dakhil, this was once the most notorious crossroads of Tangier, the site of drug deals and all forms of prostitution. Today the facades are freshly painted, tourists abound and it’s a won…
Top Choice Moroccan in Chefchaouen

Auberge Dardara Restaurant

This is the best restaurant in the area, and worth the 10-minute drive from town (to Bab Taza, Dh5). The Tangerine owner uses only the freshest ingredients from the garden, bakes his own bread and makes his own goat…
Top Choice Notable Building in Melilla

Palacio de Asamblea

Nieto’s art-deco Palacio de Asamblea, whose floor plan depicts a ducal crown, is an operating town hall, although the staff at the entrance are willing to show tourists around upon request. Worth seeing are two room…
Top Choice Moroccan in Oujda

Restaurant Nacional

This is a Oujda institution: people queue for tables at lunchtime (there’s a big, packed salon upstairs). Salads are great, and waiters rush with plates of grilled meat, fried fish and tajines, and there's couscous …
Top Choice Architecture in Ceuta

Casa de Los Dragones

The Casa de los Dragones on Plaza de los Reyes is a fantastic dream that has entered the real world. Recently restored to perfection, this former home is an extraordinary example of eclectic architecture, with Moori…
Tapas in Ceuta

Mesón el Cortijo

A classic neighbourhood gathering place heavy on tapas, cerveza (beer) and friendliness. Catch up on football, gossip and practise your Español.