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Tangier City Guide - Sights to See
By ferryboat from Algeciras one can reach Tangier in 2 1/1 hours. By hydrofoil it takes I hour. During this time you've entered a whole other way of life. It's been said "Go to Tangier at your own risk". It can be a dangerous city unless one exercises extreme caution. As a member of a tour group you'll have security in numbers. As you approach, you'll first see a white sandy beach about 2½ miles long - and then the "white city of Tangier". It's a city of contrasts - the old ways verses the new ways. It can also be a wicked city, but it's also the most religious city around.

The Casbah: The Casbah is in the old Arab residential quarter of the city. It sits proudly on a hill, looking down at the bay. The major sight to be visited here is the former Palace of the Sultans, now a museum. Run by the government, this old palace shows the Moorish architecture, and contains a handsome display of Moroccan handicrafts. Its patio was once accustomed to bare feet of dancing girls. After a visit here, one can begin exploring the narrow winding streets.

The Soccos of the Medina (Old Section): The Big Socco and the Little Socco make up the teeming life of old Tangier. A trip through these markets can be fascinating. You'll find souks (shops), bazaars, and vegetable markets. Next to the Big Socco is the Memdoubia, a garden with an 800-year-old dragon tree.

Dar El Makhzen: This edifice was constructed in the late 17th century. To celebrate his re-conquest of the city from the English, Sultan Moulay Ismail erected this palace, which was enlarged and embellished around 1750. Later it became the residence of the Pashas of the city before it became a museum. The sections of the museum include Le Musee des Arts Marocains and Le Musee des Antiquities. The former, centered around a tile patio, contains six rooms filled with Moroccan antique carpets, jewels, wrought iron, antique furniture, and silk embroideries. There is a courtyard graced with a Roman mosaic depicting the navigation of Venus. In the rooms, you'll see prehistoric carvings found throughout the countryside around Tangier. Wed-Mon 9-noon, 3-7. Fri morning hours end at 11:30 AM. Tip the guide.

The Old American Legation: This museum is the oldest diplomatic property of the United States, and is the first real estate the US government acquired abroad. In 1821 Sultan Sidi Moulay Suliman gave it to the American people. It became our consulate - a role ended in 1961. As a special bicentennial project the building was restored. The jewel of the structure is a Moorish pavilion overlooking a courtyard.
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