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The hometown of Ibn Battuta, Tangier is located in northern Morocco at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean meet. The acclaimed traveler was born to a Berber Muslim family in 1304 and set out on his journey from Tangier in 1325. The city has a rich history that can be dated back to the 5th century BC and since then several cultures and civilizations have inhabited the area.

Today Tangier is undergoing a lot of development and modernization. A contemporary business district has come up in the city known as the Tangier City Center. Also a new airport terminal has been built for travelers to reach the city with convenience. The best way that visitors can see the city is by taking a walk. There are two main streets Boulevard Mohamed V and the Boulevard Mohamed VI.

Walking along the Boulevard Mohamed VI will take the visitors across most of the attractions of the city. The tomb of Ibn Battuta is located in Tangier and visitors can find easy access to visit the tomb of the great traveler.

Tangier is famed for the Kasbah, the 17th century fortified residential quarter with several alleys, terraces and arcades. The Kasbah Museum, the former palace of the Sultan has preserved a huge collection of artifacts from the Phoenician times till the modern day. Also pay a visit to the Museum of Maroccan Arts located in the Dar el Makhzen palace in Place de la Kasbah.

Visitors can take pictures of the Teatro Cervantes from outside, as it is closed because of falling pieces. This can be seen while passing through the Grand Socco an Old Spanish Souq. The American Legation Museum and the Forbes Museum too are quite a visit. In the Grand Socco area is the Tangier Grand Masjid, which was built during the Moulay Ismail period.

The Mnar Park is an exciting aquatic park that has a wide range of slides and also offers stunning views of the coast. Travelers can also have fun along the waterfront and at the city beach. Just south of Tangier is the small fishing village of Asilah, which is famous for its Paradise Beach.

The old city or Medina can be accessed through Boulevard Mohamed V. There are a number of alleys along the area however; finding the way out is easy.

Travelers can relish many cuisines in Tangier. There are several restaurants that serve an excellent mix of Moroccan and Continental dishes. Along the waterfront there are an array of seafood restaurants. Halal food and Halal restaurants are widely available in Tangier because of the large Muslim population in the city.

Brassware is the main item to shop in Tangier. The Medina is famous for leatherwork and travelers can find a number of souqs throughout this old city.

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Morocco Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Rabat

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Casablanca

GEOGRAPHY

A mountainous North African country sharing boarders with Algeria, Mauritania and Spain Morocco owns a land area of 446,550km² and a coastline closer to 1835 km's.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 32.5 Million. Muslims account for about 99% of the population.

CLIMATE

At morocco Temperature ranges based on the season, Summer average will be around 38°C (100.4°F) While winter average temperature will come down to 21°C (69.8°F). In mountainous areas like Atlas range tend to have minus values throughout most of the year. Northern Morocco experience Rain and a wet season during winter while certain areas at south will be cold and dry.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic and Amazigh are the two official languages. French ,Spanish and Engllish are considerd the main foreign languages.

LOCAL TIME

GMT +0:00

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
General: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

HOLIDAYS
New year's Day : January 1st
Proclamation of Independence : January 11th
Labour Day : May 1st
Enthronement : July 30th
Qued Ed-Dahab Day : Augest 14th
Revolution of the king and the people : Augest 20th
Green March : November 6th
Independence Day : November 18th

Based on the lunar calandar:
Muharram 1st
Birth of the Prophet  Muhammad
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha

CURRENCY

Moroccan Dirham

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police: 117
Medical/Fire: 15

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