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Roman Tombs Archeological Site, Tangier

On a cliff in Marshan, there is a plateau overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. There you can see the Punic-Roman tombs. The site is about 450 meters from the Kasbah and not too far from the king’s summer palace.

Roman Tombs, Tangier
Roman Tombs, Tangier

Marked only by this sign and the columns that frame the view to the sea, you will find visitors sitting on the rocks, taking photos and enjoying the sea breezes that waft overhead.
Roman Tombs, Tangier
Roman Tombs, Tangier

Most of the graves face the sea and from their location, you can discern the old gates of Tangier on the west side. Ninety-eight graves were exhumed in 1910 with fifty being found as late as 1960. Today only about two dozen of them can be seen at this location. They are in the shape of a box engraved into the stone.
Roman Tombs, Tangier
Roman Tombs, Tangier

Punic and neo-Punic artifacts dating back to the first century B.C. were found at this location. Today they are contained in the exhibit at the Kasbah Museum. There is a small sarcophagus, the size used for a child, an urn, a small broken glass vase and an incense burner.
Cafe Hafa
Cafe Hafa

This is a great place to visit before taking the walk further down the Hafa cliff to Café Hafa for tea and Baysar!
Cafe Hafa
Cafe Hafa

Cafe Hafa-Historic Cafe in Tangier

Cafe Hafa is a magical place located on the cliffs of Tangier overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. We like to go there at almost any time of day, but particularly for lunch. Sunset is a very popular time, so if you decide to go there then, go at least an hour before sunset and earlier if it is on a weekend. Cafe Hafa is a popular place for locals as well as tourists.

They serve mint tea all day and in tall glasses with lots of fresh mint and sugar. We order Fava Bean soup, which comes with a loaf of crusty bread and a bowl of olives. Spicy harissa is on the side for those who like a little heat. Dip the crusty bread in the thick soup and feel the comfort of simple food in an enchanted place.

Lunch at Cafe Hafa
Lunch at Cafe Hafa

The café opened in 1921 and after almost 100 years of existence, it is a landmark place to visit in Tangier. It is characteristically styled with mosaic tables and a tiered whitewashed terrace that cascades down to the sea. Everyone can see the glorious views. Trees and flowering shrubs grow throughout the terraced space giving shade, privacy, and a tropical feel.
The terrace at Cafe Hafa
The terrace at Cafe Hafa

Cruise ships, freighters, fishing boats and sailors all pass by this busy canal on their way to someplace exotic. The coast of Spain is visible on a clear day, and ferries shuttle visitors and workers back and forth hourly.

An inspiration for artists of all types, this café was a hangout for Paul and Jane Bowles, William S. Burroughs, The Beatles, Jami Hendrix, Sean Connery, and The Rolling Stones.

The view from Cafe Hafa
The view from Cafe Hafa

Café Hafa is not easy to find, but hop in any petite taxi and say “Café Hafa, Marshan” and they will take you there. Once you exit the taxi, look for the small alley sized street where people are exiting and walk down it. You will find Café Hafa marked with a white arch, seaside. Enjoy!
The view from Cafe Hafa
The view from Cafe Hafa

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