Wednesday, June 5, 2019
dar nour & le salon bleu
House of Light, in arabic Dar Nour, our bright & blissful guesthouse during our stay in Tanger.
Close to the elements, the house breathes in harmony with the sea and the wind. It is built from natural materials with whitewashed walls, wool carpets and cedar wood windows.
No two rooms in the guesthouse are the same. They all have their own atmosphere, colour and unique (vintage) furniture. Our mini suite had a natural mix of styles, so that we had the feeling that we were staying in someone’s house. Original, historical materials have been used everywhere in the building. The guesthouse is stylishly furnished by owner and architect Philippe and we felt at home immediately.
Dar Nour is perched high up on 11th century ramparts, not far from the palace. The roof terrace provides stunning panoramic views over the Bay of Tangier and the old Medina. A perfect place to enjoy breakfast in the morning or a pre-dinner drink in the evening. Being both in the heart of the Kasbah and facing the Mediterranean, Dar Nour is a magical place in Tanger and has retained the spirit of a traditional Moroccan seaside building, with subtle touches in its furniture and decor reflecting the cosmopolitan history.
LE SALON BLEU
A small seaside house, transformed into a tearoom and restaurant on the Place de la Kasbah. Just a few steps away from Dar Nour.
Overlooking the kasbah and the views of the beach and Spain are spectacular! When you visit the restaurant you will find out why they named it Le Salon Bleu. Here too, you will find many original and authentic objects in the interior. We visited the place a few times, at all hours of the day. Morning coffee on the roof terrace (via a small spiral staircase), lunch in the blue salon on the first floor, with a 'spools of thread wall' and dinner on the terrace below overlooking the Sultanate Palace.
TANGIER was surprising! Both Dar Nour and Salon Bleu made our trip even more special. Above all it was very nice to discover an entire different part of Morocco.
So very different from Marrakech and at the same time it felt so familiar. I enjoyed the beauty of Morocco, the overwhelming colors, the hospitality and daily life in the kasbah and medina in the same way! The light is different in Morocco. Oh how I love that light!
(and I'm already looking forward to return to Marrakech in October)