Tangier, Morocco

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We’ve been talking up Morocco as a long weekend destination for a while now, especially with the 2019 launch of two flights on Royal Air Maroc’s Dreamliners, from Boston and Miami to Casablanca. That momentum isn’t slowing down: In June, American Airlines will start a new flight from Philadelphia to Casablanca’s shiny new airport, which recently doubled its capacity to 14 million a year. In the same month, Royal Air Maroc joins Oneworld Alliance, making it much easier for those same travelers to connect to other destinations around Morocco. Though we swear three days in the country is doable, Morocco can easily demand more of your time, from the new wave arts scene in Marrakech (also home to an opulent new Oberoi) to the wind-slapped surf town of Essaouira. But this year we suggest heading farther north, to the port city of Tangier. It’s been a secret favorite among the boho traveler set for years. William S. Burroughs and Paul Bowles both washed up here, as did Mick Jagger, who was known to frequent the Hafa café, where young couples still gather at sunset to sip tea and look out over the ancient Phoenician cemetery. Reserve one of the five antiques-filled suites at Nord-Pinus, itself fashioned from an old palace at the top of the Casbah, with a rooftop overlooking the city. From there you’ll be within walking distance of the small medina, where you can haggle for deals on Berber rugs. Petite as that medina is, its tight alleys and bends can feel like a labyrinth, but no matter where you tumble out, there will be something to explore. At the southeast end, do not miss Fondouk Chejra, the weavers market that preserves the city’s centuries-old tradition on wooden looms. Then walk to the Art Deco Cinémathèque de Tanger, a restored theater with a cool café and framed vintage movie posters all over the walls. Take an afternoon to drive about 30 minutes along the coast to Cape Malabata, where an old lighthouse still blinks out over the Mediterranean to Spain, just 12 miles across the way. The raw and rugged landscape, combined with the powdery sands, is why major players like Anantara, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, and St. Regis are opening hotels here in 2020. Come to think of it, you’ll definitely want to stay longer than the weekend. —Erin Florio


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