Morocco is located on the Northwest (Maghreb) coast of Africa where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea meet. To the north, across the strait, is Gibraltar, the English colony the Iberian Peninsula. It was an easy night’s sail for the Norwegian Epic to travel from Barcelona, Spain to Tangier, Morocco. The port is quite busy both as a tourist destination with over a million tourists per year and as a shipping center for goods entering and leaving the African Continent.
Tangier has attracted international interest for quite a few centuries. It started as a Berber town prior to the 5th century BC and Carthaginian, Greek, Roman, Vandal, Byzantine, Portuguese, Spanish, French and English influences are found throughout the area. As with cities with international reputations, diplomats, spies, expatriates and writers and their homes are part of the narrative given to the tourists.
In the area in and around Tangier we find the Casabarata souk (giant flea market), Tangier Grand Mosque, Dar el Makhzen, caves of Hercules, and a good view of where the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea meet but do not mix. A trip to Morocco is not complete unless you have enjoyed riding camels near the surf!