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Tangier, a Moroccan port on the Strait of Gibraltar, has been a strategic gateway between Africa and Europe since Phoenician times.

It is a bustling city with a rich cultural heritage.  There are many landmarks and attractions to explore, from the Grand Socco market to the Kasbah and its museum.

For the new visitor to Morocco, Tangier can be a bit of a shock. Children beg for money, and ‘Official’ guides pester everywhere. In these respects, Tangier is untypical of other places in Morocco. However, it is an interesting and lively place to visit with a beautiful Medina. The hassle is tolerable, especially if you arrange a Moroccan companion or hire a (professional) guide.

Entrance Notes and Cautions:

Be aware that on the approach to Tangier, navigation marks are routinely off station or missing.

According to Moroccan law, it is strictly forbidden to anchor boats within 500 meters of the Tanja Marina Bay International (Tangier Marina) breakwaters.  This regulation is in place to ensure the safety of boats entering and exiting the marina as well as to protect the marine environment and the local ecosystem.

Cruiser Highlights:

Tanja Marina Bay International is a modern marina with first-class facilities that has become one of the city’s most popular destinations for locals and visitors alike.  It has become a hub for boating and sailing enthusiasts from around the world.  It has over 1400 berths for boats of all sizes and offers good protection. It is close to the town centre and there is a supermarket and shopping mall within walking distance.  If you can get a berth in the marina, it is well worth the stop.

If you have ever considered a visit to Morocco, this report by long-term liveaboard Alison Gieschen (2023) will most definitely tempt you.
Morocco:  Out of the Med and into Chaos


35° 46.55’N, 05° 47.41’W (marina entrance)

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  1. September 9, 2022 at 10:24 AM
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    sue-richards says:

    Comment posted on main Morocco page by lehmannhr:

    After very unpleasant experience in the Spanish Costa del sol (La Linea de la Concepción, Estepona, Fuengirola, Ceuta), Tanger arrival was a delight.
    Coming in with 30-35 gales, a man waited at the reception dock and helped very efficiently to secure the important 1st line. After we had our bow into the wind tied up, the rest was a piece of cake. Next, he took our 2 Corona Virus documentation and asked for 10 minute patience. Really, 10 minutes later he confirmed to have been cleared and now, we were escorted into the offices, where Custom Border Control issued a internal cruising permit for the boat, Immigration issued our visas (1 for Colombian 90 days and 1 for Swiss 90 days). Then, 3 guys acompanied us to the boat and inspected the boat. We had to declare alcohol, drugs and were good. I was checked due to my heart medication, which once shown they were happy (me too).
    I have to state, this procedure is very well organized, they speak clear english, french and spanish and they are very polite. I can only recommend a visit to Tanger.
    Later on in the office, they are very helpful with orientation, locations and future ports. I have been confirmed Port of Rabat (Bouregreg), Casablanca is not ready and mixed comments come from there, Mohammedia is extremely expensive compaired to rest of Morocco and Agadir I will confirm within these days. But Morocco is after Mediterranean Spain a delight!

  2. November 1, 2018 at 7:48 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Great new marina, in spite of the fact that it is really not finished. The electric gates on the docks don’t all work and they weren’t able to get any keycards working for us to use the bathrooms. Otherwise, there are so many people to help (I agree with others that they don’t really know tons, so we also retied all out lines after they left) and clearing in is pretty fast, but easier if you speak French. We only paid 15 Euro/night for a 14m catamaran, but that might be the low-season rate. NO extra for multihull!! If I had known how nice and safe this marina is, we would have based all our Moroccan overland travel from here!

    We were given the coveted blue customs form when we cleared in, but then in the evening the official came back with one of the dock guys and said there was an issue and he had to take it away. The next day, it did not reappear, but when we asked the same dock guy, he went on a mission and some time later, we got our form. When we cleared out of Tangiers, customs retained the blue copy and we were sent on with the white copy

  3. October 30, 2018 at 3:17 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Tanger October 2018
    This is a very large marina, still under development. Apparently part of a 7 billion USD plan to develop the waterfront with hotels, apartments, restaurants and entertainment in addition to the port and marina. Soft launch this fall, and from 2019 they will start advertising for it.

    Extremely good price, 10 euro for my 34 foot sailboat.

    Electricity and water included on all berths. Since we were sent to a platoon for larger yachts they actually sent an electrician to change the adapter on our electricity cable for free.

    Facilities (toilet, shower) are good, but it seems like the accessd card solution is still being implemented so one of the many marina staff and/or security guards will let you in.

    WiFi decent, but not stable.

    Carrefour shop 10 min walking from the Marina. Since Morocco is quite liberal muslim country

    The reception quay are on the port side just after entering the marina. It is room for 4-5 yachts. Here you deal with the marina office, police and customs. They are all friendly and the paperwork can take as little as 15 min (NB! Drones need to be registered and kept by the police while you are in Tangier). It seems that they already have scaled for a much larger number of yachts then what is arriving this fall.

    The guys working in the marina are superhelful and friendly – and also very willing to learn at this point. There are people speaking en english, french, spanish ++, but I´d recommend to double check agreements with the english-speaking people in the marina as we almost had one of the guys throw away out clothes, when we were looking for laundry, as result of miscommunication.

    Also the city, especially the medina and the kashba are very worth a visit. Be prepared to negotiate prices, and start at a bout ⅕. The initial face expression of them being insulted, are only part of the negotiation game – and you’ll find yourself able to walk away with a good deal, still being friends.

    SY Murphy`s Law

  4. October 8, 2018 at 6:11 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Agust Thor Solimann says:
    Oct 05, 2018 03:56 PM

    I’ve been here for a week and i absolutely love it. The Marina staff is super friendly, the formalities took just a few minutes and the location is perfect. Highly recommended. Karim who is in customer service was super helpful with getting us everything we need. Well educated and extremely qualified for his job.

  5. September 18, 2018 at 9:21 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    We are currently staying at the New Tanja Bay Marina. Staff are super friendly and helpful in tying up alongside, albeit I am not sure how much experience they have with mooring boats so we changed all the lines ourselves after they left. They are really eager though, so as the marina gets busier I am sure they will get better at this. There are currently only a handful of boats here. The WiFi is not great, but free and better than any we have had in any of the Marinas in Spain (although that may be due to there being so few boats using it). The formalities with immigration took maybe 15 minutes, we had no boat inspection from the police. We are paying Euro 20 a night for a 14 metre boat including water and electricity. The marina is really sheltered, right in town, a short walk to a Carrefour supermarket and also the Old Town and Medina. Very secure, there are security guards 24/7 patrolling. We have had a great stay here, cool city, very friendly smiling people can highly recommend. I am breastfeeding at the moment and have had no issues at all with doing so in public.

    Wolfgang and Aisling
    S/y Saoirse

  6. August 26, 2018 at 4:23 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    We are staying at Tanja Marina – the new marina. We are only one of maybe a dozen boats here, so plenty of room. The inclearance was very short; maybe 30 minutes. All the staff were very polite and spoke pasaable english. If you can speak French (as we Canadians could) even better. You will get a boat inspection by the polce; very superficial; only a couple of closets opened. As a muslim country, it is very progressive – 5 minute walk to a large mall with a large Carrefour, a liquor store next to the mall very very clean. As opposed to portugal and spain, we did not need to walk with our heads down to avoid dog waste. I have not doubt that within a few years, this marina will be a go-to place for overwintering. We only paid 14 Euros/night for a 11m sailboat, which included power and water.

  7. August 12, 2018 at 2:04 PM
    Noonsite Team says:

    I can confirm that the new Marina in Tangier is open and operational. We stayed there 1 night 25/7/2018 in our 29ft sailboat. The new Marina is really nice, there were not that many boats when we were there, mostly big yachts. I think they had been open for a couple of weeks. The whole area felt secure and staff was friendly and helpful. Had water, power, shower and wifi. Paid 10EUR a night. Had a really good stay, no problems.

  8. June 16, 2018 at 2:31 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    The inauguration of the new marina took place the 7th of June. As officials told us yesterday, the marina should be open next week (no garantee). Well, the old marina is not so bad – ok, still dirty etc. – but the people are very nice and helpful and our boat (47 feet) had a very secure place. You need a good ladder or some climbing experience to get off the boat at low tide

  9. February 14, 2018 at 11:55 AM
    Val Ellis says:

    Posted on behalf of Jan Harzem

    A new marina has been build but is not open or operational yet. The only berths for yachts are in front of the navy vessels inside the SE breakwater opposite the old Yacht Club. Charges are 250 Dhuram per night for a 13 m yacht, plus electricity and water of 50 Dhuram per night. Mooring is in the middle of nowhere, oily and not comfortable in a westerly breeze.

    Customs and Immigration are very helpful and of short duration, ie paperwork took less than an hour, and the same for clearing out. No showers or toilets. Internet SIM card bought for 11GB for 30 days for 110 Dhurams in the Kasba, fantastic value and worked at breakneck speed anywhere in Marocco. Kasba well worth a visit pretty good value for veg etc.

  10. September 26, 2017 at 7:13 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    The new marina is NOT OPEN and there’s no schedule for the opening. The staff on the showroom didn’t seem confident that it will open still in 2017.
    A new facility for boat repairs just started to be built in the fishing harbour and they said it was supposed to support the new marina.
    Currently the mooring is done against a greasy wall in the fishing harbour if space is available, any other boat that arrives will just be rafted to the first one.

  11. July 8, 2017 at 2:49 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Tangier is a dreadful harbour, noisy and busy with lots of movement from fishing boats racing in and out of the harbour all day and night. No facilities for yachts basically. Moored alongside a concrete wall with a tide of approximately 2 mtrs – you need plenty of fenders. No electricity, no showers or toilets, no water. Price a night is DRH 248. Considering the facilities a ridiculous price.
    Formalities take approx two hours but all very friendly.
    The town on the other hand is probably worth the bad conditions, and well worth a visit. The old Medina is only a 15 minute walk from the harbour. Tangier is clean with a big soukh and Medina. No hassle at all, although they want to sell you the usual things they are not not very persistent in doing so. Not a lot of tourists.

  12. February 19, 2016 at 11:15 AM
    Data Entry3 says:

    We had the same experience as S/Y Sibyline. Good place to experience Morocco, but don’t expect marina conditions. However, you still pay a (high) marina price (248 DAM/€22,80). No water, no electricity or Diesel. We got our Diesel by a few taxi rides to the nearest Shell station. A taxi ride is very cheap 6-9 DAM (around €0.70). Try to get a green taxi with a meter.

  13. August 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Just returned (july 23-25) from a 2 days/nights visit to Tanger with our older Jeanneau Sunfizz (40 ft).
    Conditions as per comments retrieved on Noonsite and other cruising sites.
    First time ever in Africa, and in a Muslin country therefore even more of an eye opener if not to say, as above, a shock but not shocking
    The harbour reconstruction is ongoing and as they demolish parts the remaining space becomes ‘high density ‘ ! As reported before, you come in hoping to find a spot but will be directed to go along the pilot boats behind the semi retired ferryboat “Comrit” , across the harbour . Easy to locate and get to. Until early afternoon, you will get sincere help for the guys taking care of the pilot boats. Then to add to the experience, you will have to walk around the back of the fishing hangars atw to the remaining marina/police white building for formalities. They will stamp your passports and hand them back but retain ship docs until departure. Did not hire someone to guard our boat but tipped those helping us upon arrival. Never felt harrassed nor intimidated. We did not hire a guide to explore medina but limited our visit during day time. Ferry loads of tourists come during the day, from Spain, making our presence more casual. Felt safe within the first day. Of course with usual precaution. The shock comes from we being first timers in an African Muslin Kingdom.
    BTW, the Morroccans openly love their King, but criticise their government administration….like everywhere in the wolrd I guess
    once the new marina becomes operational with its guards and gates, and rates, , and the fishing fleet is relocated, it will be a breeze to go to Tanger, but most of the authenticity will be out of site.
    Go now, expect some anxiety at first but also get the reward, and the feeling that you are a bit of an adventurer

    Pierre and Dominique
    S/Y Sibyllin

  14. January 4, 2015 at 8:41 PM
    Data Entry3 says:

    Stay 5 in pills of yacht without water, electricity, toilet, only security, we paid 25 euro per day for 10 m. long yacht in december.