About Tangier

Tangier… has a long History and a Presence through the time; it is a unique and exceptional destination.

In addition to its geographical and tourist attractions, the region of Tangier has always been a highly valued destination.

With its natural assets, considered to be rather specific, Tangier keeps charming its visitors. You find mountains, seas, historical and natural sites. In other words, a mixture of different things that makes from Tangier heavens on earth. This variety of backgrounds enables it to be particularly favourable to all entertaining activities: fishing, aquatic sports, trekking and other activities in the open air… But from the point of view of the decision-makers, this remains insufficient. The need to make it further attractive and constantly mystical urges them to modernize all the necessary elements to make from Tangier a focus of tourist interest, par excellence. In this sense, a large number of promising projects originates and comes to light:

  • The Tourist Zone «Cape Spartel», located on a surface area of 104 ha
  • The Tourist Zone «Ghandouri», spread over 60 ha and located at the sea front in Tangier Bay
  • The Tourist Zone of the lake, spreading over 44 ha

The aim of these projects is to offer possibilities for hotels’ and housing investments at attractive prices. Other infrastructures have equally been provided for, such as clinics, conference centres, Sports club, leisure centre, business, offices, services, restaurants and coffee shops.

Its attraction and its seductive power, through the numerous statuses, known all along the history, make from Tangier a cosmopolitan city and a place of inspiration for world- famous painters and novelists.

As a gateway to Europe, Tangier overhangs proudly the Mediterranean Sea, at the meeting of the Sea and the Ocean and at the crossroads between the North and the South. Tangier has taken its cosmopolitanism from this geostrategic position. Several cultures, nationalities, religions and languages intersect. Its Medina, with Hispano-Moorish buildings, its numerous museums, its flourished gardens, its paths or venues, etc… are a good evidence. Its charms and spells, which have inspired the famous painters, poets, novelists and film-makers, are added to that.

It is in Tangier that Eugene Delacroix has rediscovered the romanticism and Henri Matisse has learnt the alchemy of colours. It is also in Tangier that Williams Burroughs has written “Le Festin Nu” (the naked feast) and that Paul Bowles has written “Un Thé au Sahara” (Tea in Sahara). It is equally in Tangier that Paul Morand has been exiled and Jean Genet has found the soil of his eternal rest.

Tangier … the Mystical
The history of Tangier has started 4,000 years ago, with the Greek mythology and with the twelve works of Hercules. The legend indicates that Tangier (Tingis) was founded by the gods Tanjis and Antée.  The tomb of Antée would have been a hill, close to Tangier: the Charf. After the Phoenicians’ era, which lasts two small necropolises, the city was founded in the IV century B.C. (before Christ) by the Carthaginians. In 146 B.C. (before Christ), upon the fall of the Carthage, the city became a Roman colony (Tingis), linked to the province of Spain. Towards the III century AD (Anno Domini), it became the capital of Mauritania Tingitane.

Tangier … the Covetousness
Successively Carthaginian, Roman (capital of Mauritania Tingitane), Vandal, Byzantine, Visigoth and Arab, Tangier already belonged to Spain in the XVII century, between the Portuguese and the English occupations. After a long era, it was the Alaouite dynasty that got Tangier back in 1684, in the reign of the Sovereign Moulay Ismail.

Tangier … the International
The origins of the international regime are too ancient. Even before 1800, Tangier housed and accommodated the consuls of the main European nations. In 1923, the negotiations ended at making from Tangier an international area. On the 24 July 1925, the final status of Tangier was signed by England, Spain, Belgium, Holland, United States, Portugal, (former) Soviet Union and by France, whom Italy joined later on.

Tangier … the Symbol
On the 9th April 1947, the Sultan Mohamed V, accompanied with the Prince Moulay Hassan, made the first speech in Tangier, which referred to a unified and an independent Morocco, bound to the Arab nation. In 1956, the date of Morocco independence, the conference of Fedala (8 to 29 October 1960) restored Tangier to Morocco.

Tangier … the Inspiring
Tangier has inspired the international artistic leading figures, in particular painters, musicians, writers, poets, directors, etc.., and has accommodated multimillionaires and many celebrities: Eugene Delacroix, Henri Matisse, Pierre Loti, Tenessee Williams, Paul Morand, Jean Genet, Juan Goytisolo, William Burroughs, Federico Garcia Lorca, Paul Bowles, Mohamed Choukri, Bachir Skirej, Jilali Ferhati, Mohamed Larbi Temsamani, Tahar Benjelloun, etc… Equally, among the admirers of Tangier, the famous journalist Joseph Kessel, who has written a remarkable book about Tangier, called “Au Grand Socco” (at the Big Market), which appeared in 1952.

Tangier … the Beautiful
Founded at the entrance of the Strait of Gibraltar, at the meeting of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Tangier displays a magnificent Bay at the foot of the green hills. Its temperate climate attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. The European, Arab and African cultures blend together: a mixture that fascinates its visitors and inhabitants. With its beach of 3 km in length (next to the city centre), and its luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation, Tangier remains a tourist destination of the best quality: a destination to visit and to re-visit.

Rich in history and in cultures, Tangier keeps in its bosom the marks of a past, with a plural nationality.