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A TANGIER CITY TRIP - where to stay and enjoy the good life

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

The harbour and the bay

Many moons ago...I arrived in Tangier (Tanger, Tanja, Tangiers). It was the first day of Ramadan and it was my first visit ever to Morocco.

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I might have shared this with you already, but a picture in an interior design magasine got me under its spell and I took the plane to go and discover...

Little did I know!

My first trip was just one of many to follow and some years later (about 5 years ago) Morocco became my home.  

There is no explanation for that, does there need to be, I wonder?

I was taken by the beauty, the many skills, and the light.

Even though I settled in Essaouira and drift to Marrakesh now and then, the blues of Tangier are always on my mind. When I see a photo, I recognise the intensity of the light, the fresh shades of blue..

Finally after many years, while returning from my

countryside Pop-up

in Belgium, I took the chance to have some time again in this fantastic city with a view on Europe.

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Tangier, the Ocean and the Meditarenian meet somewhere here. View from La Tangerina.

Tangier is French and Moroccan, French architecture has been adapted to Moroccan lifestyle and all seem to blend perfectly together.

My favourite things to do while spending some time in Tangier.

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

La Tangerina

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

La Tangerina

Stay at wonderful

La Tangerina

in the Kasbah. 

This place has this what the French call 'je ne sais quoi'. Old continental Colonial charm revisited.

The place feels relaxed, at home and stylish. This is a delicate balance but La Tangerine manages to dance on this thin line!

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Terrace at La Tangerina.

Lunch at

Dar Nour

in the Kasbah.

Dar Nour was my number one choice when I first visited Tangier. It still is one of my favourite places to hang out. This time, however, I did not have time but  I strongly recommend you to go and have lunch and enjoy the city and bay view on their rooftop. If one of the owners is around, do ask them to tell the story of the house, of the reconstruction and of wonderful Abdelatif who was a constructor but turned out to be an excellent cook and serves the most wonderful dishes.

Afternoon tea with a spectacular view at La Tangerina.

While a guest at La Tangerina, you should spend every free and lazy moment on their rooftop! This place is to die for! front row blues with the little city of Tarifa in the distance.

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Hotel Nord Pinus and La Tangerina

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Nights at Nord Pinus

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Nord Pinus bar

Apero and Dinner at

the neighbours

.

I know, it sounds lazy...but why spend time getting lost when your neighbour happens to be Nord Pinus Tanger!!! This place is another must see and the Harbour and bay view at sunset is just something you have to experience for real. Their menu is perfect and prices are reasonable. After all, this is top location!

Citytrip, Tangier Morocco, coco-morocco

Morning impressions in Tangier

Have a morning stroll just after sunrise.

I like old Medina's when almost everyone is still asleep. One of my favourite things to do is to pack my camera and go and snap the city. There is no other moment of the day when the sunlight enters in a way that makes you realise that 'this is the moment' - the silence, the early birds, the far away scooter...

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5 ETHNIC CHIC HOTELS - WAKING UP TO TRIBAL SOUNDS

Urban Tribal chic, when Nordic cool interiors get mixed with tribal goods. That's one way to travel Morocco.

One of the things I like to do most here in Morocco is visiting riads. I just never seem to get enough of the feeling I get when entering a door in the medina. The surprise when you come into that courtyard!  Some of these hotels are so beautiful that I've started sorting them in my 3 favourite styles. 

Let's look into one of these categories today!

Ethnic, Tribal Chic is for sure the one that appeals to a very large group of travellers here in Africa. Sometimes I see it mentioned as new bohemian. It has nothing with bohemian but everything with a history that in most of the cases relates to Africa. The tribes and the beautiful handcraft mastered by them that we still enjoy nowadays.

My favourite ones, among many others all over Morocco,  I've listed here for you. Have a look!

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Riad Palacio de las Especias.

riad palacio de las Especias, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

What a name! And what a dream! The perfect picture. When entering the door you know, you're here for an African experience.

Moroccan Ethnic chic mixed with Andalusian flair. It's like a flashback several decades in time. You feel the history of a town that was invaded by so many tribes and had been put under foreign leadership more than once. All because of its importance, connecting the other side of the High Atlas with the rest of the world.  The Tribal routes and Caravans that came across the mountains, ready and eager to trade their products here.

If you want to experience all of that, you will like this riad a lot!

Address:

35 Derb Sidi Bou Amar, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

+212 5243-75314

Berber Lodge

.

Berber Lodge, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

Traditional Berber building techniques - earth bricks, wooden beams of palm tree and eucalyptus.  Tastefully combined with low key country chic décor, rattan, vintage fabrics from Morocco and abroad, with tadelakt and marble bathrooms adding the requisite amount of luxury.

Implement this in a countryside that is among my favourites when out and around Marrakech.  Berber Lodge is a beautiful answer to a need to combine authentic charm with the luxury of simplicity and silence.

Less is a lot more here! 

Address: 

Douar Oumnes, Tamesloth, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

00 212 6 71 08 36

Bliss Riad.

Bliss riad, Marrakech. Ethnic chic

A late evening while wandering home, I passed the old door that I had passed a million times.  This evening, however, it was different. Through the slightly open door, I noticed a most wonderful patio. I could not stop myself from staring at all this beauty and the magical light that came from within. Too late I noticed someone had seen me and asked if I wanted to have a closer look. Thinking I had been gazing into a private home I felt uncomfortable. Can you imagine how excited I was, finding out that this was a soon to be opened riad!

It is really the best location I can think of. In the heart of the Medina, between Mouassine, Dar el Bacha and Riad Laarouse. Close to all my favourite shops, opposite to my favorite

hide away

and right next to the perfect

sunset rooftop

in town!

You can't wish for anything more when in Marrakesh!! 

Address: 

182 Rue Mouassine, Dar El Bacha, Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

- Phone:

+(212) 6 15 31 20 49

Villa Maroc.

Villa Maroc, Essaouira. Ethnic chic

Many years after setting the trend, not only in Essaouira but in the whole of Morocco, this grand old lady still rocks.  Villa Maroc is not just a riad, it was the first riad in Essaouira, and I'm proud to say that this little town was THE trendsetter for this kind of lodging. turning beautiful old houses into guest accommodations.

There are only a few hotels that have the 'finesse' of staying hip and trendy during such a long time while benefitting of a well-routined team with a service of a level to set an example for many.

Experience the real thing when you want to know what Ethnic chic is about!

Address:

10 Rue Abdellah Ben Yassine, Medina, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

- Phone:

+(212) 5 24 47 31 47

Riad Baladin.

Riad Baladin, Essaouira. Ethnic chic

Yes please, let's stay in cool Essaouira and explore some more hotels here!

Besides their website that needs an update to reflect what they stand for, riad Baladin is absolutely worth to consider when staying in our Ocean town!

White, wood and airy! That's exactly what it's all about in Essaouira and that's also what it's all about in riad Baladin.

Address: 

Rue Sidi Magdoul 9 - 44000 Essaouira, Morocco

- Phone:

+212 (0) 661 604 504

5 Columns

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I know, we said 5, but we like to put in an outsider that's really worth mentioning :).

Riad 5 Columns is a house in Essaouira that you can rent for your holidays.  Not really a Bed and Breakfast 'rent a room' but soo beautiful and featured in so many photo shoots that I thought this one should be among our favourites too.

Photographer Pauline Arcklin

did a great job, capturing the house and its soul on photos.

Address: 

90 Rue Moulay Ismail - 44000 Essaouira, Morocco

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GOOD DESIGN IS TIMELESS - Dar Assoura

Marrakech riads Dar Assoura

About 5 years ago, I came across the first pictures of this beautiful riad, well hidden in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech.

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Sometimes a picture tells a thousand words. Sometimes, a picture also tells a lot of lies. Like photos that are not updated or in an angle that one might think 'what the... '. Maintenance that is outdated. Change in management or crew that makes all the difference in either way...

So last month, just to be sure, I kind of surprised this hotel with a quick visit. I can only confirm that reality is as stunning as it looks on the photos.

The staff really goes out of their way to make you feel at home.

Most of them are part of the team for almost 15 years. They are the heart of the home and their enthusiasm reflects on the clients. They know what it takes. Especially in Marrakech after a hectic day when one got lost too many times.

An almost 15 years old beauty that proofs: good design really has no age.

Riad Dar Assoura

is still going strong. The decoration is ethnic minimalism, the kitchen among (if not) the most beautiful I've seen here in Marrakech.

Follow me inside and let's go wandering around!

Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura
Marrakech riads Dar Assoura

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