Also know as “The White City,” Tangier sits on the Atlantic coast of Morocco at the western opening to the Mediterranean Sea. With its souks, traditional Moroccan cuisine and many attractions nearby, it is the perfect destination for people who seek exploration and relaxation.
The city was first occupied by ancient Phoenician, Roman and Arab conquerors. It was seized by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and then given to England as part of a royal dowry given to Charles II by Catherine de Braganza in the 17th century. The arrival of the French in Tangier in 1912 made way for ongoing ownership disputes between England and France.
These disputes were terminated by the establishment of international governance of the city in 1923. Tangier’s international city status drew people from all over the world. After Morocco’s independence in 1956, Tangier was incorporated into the Moroccan state. It remains notable for its miscellaneous character today.
Tangier has much to offer the visitor. There is the Mendoubia Gardens, a beautifully shady rest area with a small terrace with good sea views; the Place de France, a beautiful small French square dotted with street cafes and eateries; St. Andrew’s Church that combines Arabic, Moorish and British Architectural elements; Dar el Makhzen, a Moroccan art museum that exhibits manuscripts, traditional Fés furniture, jewellery and carpets; the Caves of Hercules, a place of great beauty and archeological significance besides many other sights travellers will certainly enjoy visiting.
Tangier is known for its long sandy beaches where you can enjoy windsurfing and camel riding. The city provides the ideal location for exploration. Among the places you might want to discover is Asilah, a fishing port once fortified by the Portuguese, and Chaouen, an Andalucian town in the heart of the Rif mountains known for its whitewashed walls, splashed with vibrant blue, contrasting with the verdant hills surrounding the village.
Petits taxis can be caught anywhere in town. Grands taxis are also widely available to head out of town. City buses are very useful; they operate between the airport, the train station, Grand Socco and the Caves of Hercules.