The 5 best riads to sleep in Tangier

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  • 1. Dar Saba
  • 2. Dar Sultan
  • 3. Tingis
  • 4. Dar Chams Tanja
  • 5. Dar Sami

Looking for a change of scenery? The famous city at the gates of Morocco awaits you with this selection of the five best riads in Tangier.

Welcome to Tangier, a mythical white city with its port overlooking both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Its hill-climbing medina and winding streets have fascinated generations of artists. The European influence is palpable. Its kasbah attracts photographers while the medina, surprisingly, remains untouched by the crowds of tourists. So much the worse for those who pass by Tangier. And for good reason, they won't be surprised by its Italian quarter, located behind the Grand Socco. They will not rest from the hustle and bustle of the city, facing the sea, among the pine trees of the Perdicaris Park. Nor will they stroll through the Andalusian gardens of the royal palace Dar el-makhzen. Those who decide to push open the city gates will be able to enjoy its multicultural life, chatting with locals over mint tea, getting lost in the colourful streets of the medina.... But above all, they will be able to take up residence in one of the riads in Tangier.

Yes, what better than a real riad to recharge the batteries after a day of exploration? Here is our selection of the 5 best riads to sleep in Tangier.

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1. Dar Saba

Assets: Its location in the heart of the old medina, the view of the city and its decoration.
Price: €€€€
Benefit: ★★★★★

The hotel is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful riads in Tangier. Located in the old medina on the heights, it is a stone's throw from the kasbah and the famous balcony overlooking the Mediterranean. Inside, the riad has four suites and two rooms named after famous personalities. The decoration mixes Moroccan influences with art deco with a touch of design, the whole gives a very elegant and luxurious result. As for the terrace, it is exceptional: view of Tangier and the sea.

The restaurant, whose menu changes every day, gives pride of place to Mediterranean cuisine and local products while offering the possibility to enjoy international dishes. Finally, to complete the exceptional services, the riad has its own hammam with the ritual of traditional treatments.

2. Dar Sultan

Assets: Its location in the Kasbah, the history of the house, the charm of the decoration.
Price: €
Benefit: ★★★★

This is one of the oldest riads in Tangier with this 300 year old house. For the small history, it is the first guest house of the city and its location is very enchanting since the riad is located in the heart of the Kasbah. In all, 7 rooms including an apartment welcome visitors and are decorated with handcrafted furniture from all over the oriental world. In the common areas, some objects evoke the great journeys and testify to the former profession of the owner who was a naval officer.

The rooftop terrace offers a beautiful panorama of the old town, and it is intoxicated by the smell of orange trees that one can watch the sunset. Similarly, in the patio with its small fountain, you can take the desire to bask, like the cat, on the sofas.

3. Tingis

Assets: Traditional architecture and decoration, its location
Price: €
Benefit: ★★★

Riad Tingis is located in the old medina, a few hundred meters from the Dar el-Makhzen palace and the main activities of the historic center. The entrance, discreet, hides a superb traditional architecture with its white arcades that highlight the colorful elements. The same goes for the patio with its tiled floor and its central fountain.

The riad has eight rooms with a simple but comfortable layout, typical of a Moroccan interior. As for the terrace, spacious, it offers a breathtaking view over the rooftops of the city with the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.

As a bonus, the riad offers its guests a free shuttle service from the airport.

4. Dar Chams Tanja

Assets: Its luxury services, its terrace, its central location in the old town.
Price: €€€
Benefit: ★★★★★

Among the riads in Tangier, this one has preserved its beautiful Arab-Andalusian architecture with its characteristic white walls right in the middle of the medina. Here, the outside reserves a beautiful surprise with a wooden corner bow window with moucharabieh windows. Moreover, if you want to enjoy the famous bow-window, you have to ask for the Soussia suite. The bright patio, with its carved wooden panels and typical arcades, sets the tone.

Seven spacious rooms are available for guests, they are furnished in the Moroccan style with handcrafted elements reminiscent of the different regions of the country. The roof terrace has a nice view to enjoy a delicious breakfast and a solarium corner is provided.

Finally, to relax after long walks, head to the wellness area with its hammam and traditional treatments.

5. Dar Sami

Assets: The view from the terrace, the warm welcome and the advice of visits.
Price: €
Benefit: ★★

Located on the heights of the medina, you don't have to be afraid to climb to reach the riad Dar Sami but you won't regret it. If there is an expression to describe this riad, it is "just like home"! Indeed, the establishment has five rooms, two of which have a private terrace or balcony. The whole is arranged in a simple way, the bathrooms are decorated with oriental tiles but the emphasis is on comfort.

The strong point of the riad is its superb terrace which, like the others, has a very beautiful view. In addition, this one has the particularity of overlooking the ramparts of the Kasbah. It is a real pleasure for the eyes to contemplate them under the sun rays before going to visit one of the many monuments nearby.

You now know the best riads in Tangier. So, which one will you put your suitcases in?

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