Given Tangier's hedonistic past, it’s no surprise that the drinking scene here is firmly entrenched in Tangerine culture. It’s equally unsurprising that bars are principally the domain of men, although there are a few more-Westernised places where women can have a drink. Many only get going after midnight.

Tangier’s clubbing scene picks up in the summer, when Europeans arrive on the ferries. Discos cluster near Place de France and line the beach, appealing to a wide range of clientele, from grey-haired couples to sex tourists. Cover charges vary and may be rolled into drink prices. If leaving late, have the doorman call a taxi.

Spot the Celeb

Sashay past the doorman at El Minzah Hotel and glide down the stairs to the beautiful Andalusian courtyard where there are dozens of photographs of celebrity visitors around the walls. Most of the photos date from the 1950s and 60s. A suave Rock Hudson, Aristotle Onassis in a white car, Jackie O too, Winston Churchill with his cigar, and glitzy Rita Hayworth are just some that we spotted. Then head for Caid’s Bar for a cocktail while you decide where they’ll hang your photo.