If you’re going to be in Morocco, you don’t want to miss Tangier! Long loved by artists, writers, musicians and tourists alike, Tangier is a multicultural city with a rich history. Not only that, but it’s a beautiful spot with a subtropical Mediterranean climate and breathtaking views. In fact, looking across the Strait of Gibraltar, you can see Europe! Standing in Africa, looking at Europe is a truly amazing experience.
Founded by Carthaginian colonists in the 5th century BC, Tangier has changed hands many times before joining the rest of Morocco in 1956. Because of this, it’s an interesting mix of North Africa, Spain, Portugal and France. Its location has long made Tangier a center for European diplomatic and commercial rivalry, and it was an International Zone from 1923 until the occupation of the Spanish during World War 2 and then again until the signing of the Tangier Protocol in 1956. Interestingly, the location has also made it a prime location for espionage, especially during the Cold War. Of course, this only adds to Tangier’s mystique, which has also drawn in eccentric millionaires, gamblers and con artists.
True artists of all types are drawn to Tangier as well. From Delacroix to Matisse, Tennessee Williams to George Orwell, Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, to the Rolling Stones, artistic types have always found inspiration in this unique locale. It’s an intriguing and attractive place to visit, in part because of its multicultural placement of Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities.
But, what do the locals think? The truth is, the people from Tangier absolutely love Tangier. Around here, they say you come to Tangier to live, you go to Casablanca for the money! Of course, if you’re just here for a visit, it may because you want to enjoy the beaches or see the Kasbah. Whatever your reason, Tangier is definitely worth a stop.