Its close proximity to Europe, on the top edge of North West Morocco and its long, historic contact with Europe through the ages makes it the ultimate meeting point between Africa and Europe.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Morocco was effectively carved out by two colonial powers: Spain and France. The Spanish protectorate encompassed much of the Rif Mountains (northern Morocco) and had its capital at Tetouan. The French protectorate started at the rich agricultural plains south of the Rif and extended south towards its administrative capital, Rabat.
Tangier was an International city with all the major colonial powers having equal control. The treaty was formally finalised in 1923 and stated that the Sultan (Morocco’s King) have a representative to be assisted by other representatives from Western communities (Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian, British, Belgian, Swedish and later Americans after World War II).
Today, Northern Morocco is being actively promoted as a tourist destination. Tangier is spread heading the tourism drive in the North with a flurry of restoration and developments. With its rich history, individuality and mix of West meets East, Tangier can be the leading tourist destination in Morocco.