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Tangier city

Guarding the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier has for centuries been Europes's gateway to Africa. Its blend of cultures and influences is unique in Morocco – for much of its history it wasn't even governed by Morocco. Few cities have had a more varied history than Tangier. Existing already as a Phoenician trading post in the middle of the 1st millennium BCE, it later became Carthaginian; the remains of a Carthaginian settlement can still be seen near Cape Spartel. In 81 BCE the Roman general Quintus Sertorius captured the city (then known as Tingis) from the Mauretanian king Bocchus I. In 38 BCE, during a round of Roman civil unrest, Tingis was taken on behalf of Octavian (the future emperor Caesar Augustus) by Bocchus II from his brother Bogud, who supported Octavian’s rival, Mark Antony. Becoming a free city in 42 CE, Tingis was made the capital of the Roman province of Mauretania Tingitana, with the name Tingis Colonia Julia Traducta, and it remained important commercially even after the political capital was removed to Volubilis..

Tourist Info

Tangier is a city in northern Morocco, on the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the oldest and most culturally diverse cities in North Africa, having been influenced by many civilizations and cultures throughout its history. Tangier is also an important port and trade centre, as well as a popular tourist destination. Here are some interesting facts about Tangier: (Source: Wikipedia)

  • - Tangier was founded by the Phoenicians in the 10th century BCE, and was later ruled by the Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Portuguese, Spanish, British, French, and Morocans
  • - Tangier became an international zone in 1923, under the joint administration of several countries, and attracted many diplomats, spies, bohemians, writers, and artists. Some of the famous people who lived or visited Tangier include Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Yves Saint Laurent, and The Rolling Stones.
  • - Tangier is home to the Grand Socco, a large square and market in the old town, where you can find a variety of goods, such as spices, fruits, vegetables, clothes, and crafts. The Grand Socco is also a lively place for socializing and entertainment, where you can see snake charmers, musicians, storytellers, and acrobats.
  • - Tangier is located on the Strait of Gibraltar, where Africa meets Europe, and where you can see both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The city has a mild Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and cool winters. The average temperature is 18°C (64°F).
  • - Tangier has a rich and diverse cuisine, influenced by the various cultures that have shaped the city. Some of the typical dishes include couscous, tagine, pastilla, harira, and bissara. Tangier is also famous for its mint tea, which is served in small glasses with sugar and fresh mint leaves.5

Tangier (/ tænˈdʒɪər / tan-JEER; Arabic: طنجة, romanized : Ṭanjah, [tˤandʒa], [tˤanʒa]) is a city in northwestern Morocco, on the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The city is the capital of the Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, as well as the Tangier-Assilah Prefecture of Morocco. (Source: Wikipedia)

The climate of Tangier is Mediterranean, with mild, rainy winters and hot, sunny summers. The city is located in the far north of Morocco, on the Strait of Gibraltar, and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. We are in an area where both the west wind and the east wind blow. (Source: Wikipedia)

Tangier's economy is the third biggest of all Moroccan cities , after the economic capital Casablanca and the city of Fez.[citation needed] Tangier is Morocco's second most important industrial center after Casablanca. The industrial sectors are diversified: textile, chemical, mechanical, metallurgical and naval. Currently, the city has four industrial parks of which two have the status of free economic zone (see Tangier Free Zone).

In the north of Morocco, on the coasts of Tangier where the Mediterranean and Atlantic waters converge, you’ll discover a unique city bearing a multicultural heritage. Stroll the streets of « the White »Tangier, they are lined with lime-coated houses. Just like Delacroix or Matisse did their upon arrival, let yourself be carried away by the dreamy atmosphere that covers the city. At the foot of the high walls of the "Kasbah", roam through the alleys of the great "Socco", and admire the fortress that dominates the medina. A little far away, explore the "Sultan's Palace" which is nowaydays dedicated to the arts of Morocco. Tangier is alsos renowned for the Spanish influence on its culture, starting with the arena that stands on the "Plaza de Torros", not to mention the "Cervantes" theatre built in 1913. (Source: Wikipedia)