Tangier, the White City

Tangier, known as the white city, is strategically located on the Strait of Gibraltar, which is why it has always been the subject of international disputes for its control. It is also Morocco’s biggest harbour.

Tangier has a very ancient history, and has experienced various dominations: Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, and Spanish. It has breathed different civilizations and cultures that make it unique and highly cosmopolitan today.

From 1923 to 1956, it was an “international city”, and therefore politically and militarily neutral. Because of that, it sustained considerable economic development.

Through the Squares and Districts of the White City

Tangier’s Medina is a labyrinth, characterised by countless artistic streets and alleys, and it’s the most visited area of the city.

Inside it, is the fortified area of Kasbah, which houses the Dar al-Makhzen palace, which once hosted sultans and later European colonisers. Here you can find the Museum of Contemporary Moroccan Art.

The Grand Socco square is the heart of the city, a picturesque place that hosts Morocco’s liveliest permanent market. 

In the Petit Socco square you can find the Great Mosque, which was originally a Roman temple, later turned into a cathedral and finally into a Mosque.

Place de France is the colonial soul of the city, where you can find luxurious cafés, hotels and small shops. The south-eastern area of the Medina hosts the Tangier American Legation Museum, a testimony of the “international city” period.

The beautiful beaches of Tangier

Tangier Beach is a local favourite, and it is very close to the city’s centre. Here you can take a break and enjoy a fresh beverage in one of the many cafés along the beach. 

Dalia Beach is about a kilometre long, surrounded by nature and characterised by white sand.

If you’d rather stay closer to the harbour, the cosy Merkala beach is perfect for you!

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