The History of Tangier

The history of Tangier is one of turbulence, and rich, fulled of outside conquests and European influences.

A Brief Look At the Colourful Historical Past of Tangier

History of Tangier

Tangier is one of the oldest cities in North Africa and have a long and turbulent history. It was named after the goddess Tinge, the lover of Hercules. Initially settled by the Phoenician traders sometime around 1500 BC, it has been since been the likes of the Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals. Byzantines, various fractions of Arabs, and various European powers including the Portuguese, British, French and Spanish in its history.

Tangier After World War II

Tangier After World War II

After World War II, Tangier became an International Zone that served as a neutral place for many war refugees, artists, writers, spies and hippies.

Mohammed VI came to the throne in 1999 and started to restore Tangier. Tangier continued to be developed with beautification projects that has seen many old buildings restored to its former grandeur. Public places like the Grand Socco, place el Oumame, and the beach promenade are also renovated.

For those looking to enter Morocco from Europe, Tangiers is an excellent launchpad as it is just a short distance away from the Strait of Gibraltar. The Main FRS route between Tarifa (Spain) and the buzzing port of Tangier ( Morocco) is the shortest seaway between the two continents. Tangier, a spot in the North of Morocco, is near the Strait of Gibraltar which was then recognised as the Pillars of Hercules in the older world. The official legal and business language in Tangier, Morocco is French. Cruise ships visit the ports of Casablanca and Tangier. It is the major cities where capital growth has been at its highest. Samuel Pepys, most famous British diary keeper, reportedly found nothing to write about during his stay in Tangier, Morocco.

Flying into Tangier: The airport Tangier Ibn Battouta handles all domestic and international flights.

By foot: Tangier is quite easy to get around by foot, although if you are not familiar with the streets, it can be very easy to get lost unless you have a reliable guide. Make sure to have good walking shoes as some parts of town have a lot of steps and can be quite a challenge to climb up and down. In August or during the summer months, the city is often quite hot and humid. It is then best to be the shade on the beach and enjoy the refreshing sea breezes.

By Taxi: You can also take the petits taxi if you travel longer distances within the city. Make sure that the taxi driver is using the meter and enquire about approximate prices beforehand. There are also Grands taxi which also operates but are more for longer trips such as going to and from the airport. The taxis are bigger and can take up to six passengers as compared to the three from the petits taxi.