Known as Europe’s gateway to Africa, Tangier is a bustling city at the northern tip of Morocco, on the Strait of Gibraltar. The history of Tangier has provided it with a particularly unique blend of influences. From its early days as a strategic Berber town and Phoenician trading center, to centuries of contested control under colonial Europe, Tangier was a refuge for many cultures, and in fact wasn’t even under Morocco’s rule for much of its history. In 1923, Tangier was considered a semi-independent international zone by foreign powers, and thus became a playground for many European and American diplomats, spies, writers, artists, and businessmen, as well as their more dubious counterparts.
In 1956, Tangier finally joined with the rest of Morocco following the restoration of the sovereignty, but retained a heady cross-cultural vibe even as it shed its seedy reputation. Contemporary Tangier is currently undergoing rapid development and modernization under both foreign and domestic investments. This includes new tourism projects along the bay, a modern business district called Tangier City Center, a new airport terminal, and a new football stadium. Tangier's economy is also set to benefit greatly from the new Taniger-Med port, which aims to capitalize on the Mediterranean yachting scene.
Tangier is one of the cities that has life 24/7, making it a favorite place for tours to Morocco. From shopping in the markets during the day, to lingering in cafes in the evenings, to enjoying live music in a nightclub until 4am, there is always something happening in Tangier!