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Villa Josephine | The Villa of the real “Indiana Jones”

Pool for guests of Villa Jospehine

Pool for guests of Villa Josephine

Villa Josephine was built in the 1920s by Walter Burton Harris, the famous columnist for the London Times, who’s life inspired the character “Indiana Jones”. In 1887 he accompanied a British diplomatic mission to Morocco and settled in Tangier at the age of 19.  Fluent in French, Spanish, and Moroccan Arabic, along with looking Moroccan, Harris was able to travel to areas of Morocco unknown to Europeans at the time.  Harris played a large role in the diplomacy of Morocco throughout his life.  Harris also helped promote the modernization of Morocco at the beginning of the 20th century.  He died in 1933 and his body was buried at the Church of Saint Andrews in Tangier.

View of the Strait of Gibraltar

View of the Strait of Gibraltar

Neither Dar or Riad, Villa Josephine’s Mauritian appearance offers balcony views of the Strait of Gibraltar.  With a taste the French Rivera Villa Josephine is a unique guesthouse in Morocco.

Walter Burton Harris

Walter Burton Harris

Following Harris’s residence, it was home to the Duke of Tovar, a Spanish grandee, who after having led a lavish lifestyle, lost all his money in conditions remaining mysterious to this day. Next it was the last summer residence of Glaoui, Pasha of Marrakech. Villa Josephine remains one of the most spectacular and prestigious properties in Tangier.

The "Harris" Bar

The “Harris” Bar

Today Villa Josephine serves as a luxury guest house, with a bar and fine dining restaurant.  It continues it’s tradition of A-list clientele in the 21st century. Villa Josephine’s perfectly manicured gardens and  spectacular swimming pool, offer unparalleled privacy, beauty, and tranquility. The Villa offers 10 rooms, all with a terrace or balcony, and some with a sea view.   Rooms range from about $300-$800 a night. Rooms and dinner reservations can be booked at villajosephine-tanger.com.

Room 105

Room 105

Gardens at Villa Jospehine

Gardens at Villa Josephine

Villa Josephine is located  in Tangier’s most prestigious neighborhood “Vielle Montagne” 10 minutes from Place du Grand Socco and the Kasbah.

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Cinémathèque de Tanger (Cinema Rif) | Tangier’s Cinema Cultural Center

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Cinémathèque de Tanger (Cinema Rif)

Since 2006 Cinémathèque de Tanger has been offering films to the public rarely seen in Morocco. In the year 2001, the historic Cinema Rif (est. 1938) underwent a five year renovation to create Cinémathèque de Tanger.

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Cinémathèque de Tanger is the ONLY art house cinema in NORTH AFRICA.

They work to:
•    Promote world cinema in Morocco, and Moroccan cinema in the world
•    Act as a platform for cross-cultural exchange and dialogue
•    Create a film archive featuring documentary and experimental films and video art
•    Host workshops and educational activities for children and filmmakers

Movie Screening

Movie Screening

Located in the Grand Socco, The Cinémathèque de Tanger’s mission is to develop film culture in Morocco.
It aims to provide Tangier’s public with quality programming that reflects the diversity of film production, without the hegemony of commercial movies released in Moroccan theaters.

Throughout it’s 10 year history of preserving and promoting the cinema of Morocco and the Arab world,  Cinémathèque de Tanger has built an archive of both contemporary and classic Maghrebi and Arabic film and video.  This collection is accessible on site at the Cinémathèque de Tanger, and also features in regularly programmed cycles, both inside and outside the Cinémathèque de Tanger’s walls.

Inside Cinema Rif

Inside Cinema Rif’s Cafe

a short video history of Cinémathèque de Tanger

For more information and showtimes see Cinémathèque de Tanger’s website.

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What tripadvisor misses about Tangier | The Local Way

Chaouen Cafe

Chaouen Cafe in the Morning.

Tripadvisor is a great service no doubt, but Tripadvisor rates only attractions (things to do).  It is also based upon tourists doing tourist things.  With that said, the true charm of Tangier city and the Tangier-Tetouan region is not based on single attractions, but experiences with the locals.  Here are some experiences, that I found better than the attractions located in the grimy medina (the top 3 attractions on tripadvisor).  The locals and culture is what keeps me coming back, not the medina.

1. Goto a cafe. Have a cigarette, mint tea, good conversation, good company, and people watch.  City Center is best for this or on the beachfront.

2. Have good company (families, don’t invite the random street hustler) over at the apartment.  Hospitality is a normal part of Moroccan/Islamic culture, just keep in mind be respectful.  You will learn a lot from the locals.

3. Get the best sandwich you will ever eat at the blue sandwich shop (still open) across the street from the bars /club (now under construction) between Mc Donalds and the Atlas Rif hotel on the beachfront.  The way you know your are in the right place, is the entrance has a large display case of the fresh items they can cook for you and a fish tank near the back.

4. During the day go on a walk, by yourself (even Rick Steves did this), anywhere in the city center near the beachfront.  Go for a walk on the conriche (beach front) around sunset.  This is when all the locals go out for walks and meet friends.

5. Hire a local to cook for you, so you get authentic Moroccan food made fresh.  Typically this costs about (200 mad) and you will need to pay for the ingredients as well (about the same price as American supermarkets).  Overall this was great, as we had leftovers for 4 people the next day and a nice relaxing meal overlooking the city from our apartment.  The cook also cleaned the apartment and did our laundry.

6. At night goto the cafes near Hercules cave that over look the beach for hookah, tea, and hanging out with friends. (Near Plage Sidi Kacem)

7. Goto Asilah for a day trip.  It’s a cross between Morocco and Greece, with a spotless, safe ,and friendly Medina.  Shopping here is cheaper, better, and less stressful than the Tangier medina.  Asilah is also a great place to pick up some local art.

8. Goto M’Diq for a relaxing afternoon drinking tea at a nice cafe, overlooking the Mediterranean.

9. Go to the Tangier fish market restaurants at the port.  It is fresh, cheap and a lovely experience with a group.

10. Goto Chefchaouen for a one night to experience the city properly.  Wake up early to experience the Medina and a nice breakfast at the cafes. It’s a completely different place without the afternoon day trippers.

 

 

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Centre Ville | What you see exiting the port

Centre Ville

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The Grand Socco at Sunset

The Grand Socco at Sunset

The Grand Socco at Sunset

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