The history of Tangier is very rich due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures starting from the 5th century BC. Between the period of being a Phoenician town to the independence era around the 1950s, Tangier was a place —and, sometimes a refuge— for many cultural diversities. However, it wasn't until 1923 that Tangier was attributed an international status by foreign colonial powers, thus becoming a destination for many Europeans and non-Europeans alike such as Americans and Indians.
Nowadays, the city is undergoing rapid development and modernization. Projects include new 5-star hotels along the bay, a modern business district called Tangier City Center, a new airport terminal and a new soccer stadium. Tangier's economy will also benefit greatly from the new Tanger-med port.
The location of Dar DEJEM is ideal for experiencing the life of the medina from the room terrace, exploring the medina and the old European part of the city, stroll along the parade, dine in one of the many restaurants, or go to the beach only 10 minutes walk from the house.
Several small groceries are found in the medina and most goods for daily consumption can be purchased in these shops (except alcohol and pork!). The shop in the ground level of the house is owned by Mohamed who speaks both Arabic, French and English.
A wide selection of vegetables, fruit, bread and meat is found at the food market (arcade) near Zoco Grande - see map.
Every Thursday and Sunday farmers from the countryside sell fruit and vegetables at the small market place – see map.
A larger selection of groceries is found in the supermarkets in the city. Beer, wine and alcohol can be found in “Marjane”, the big supermarket outside the city.
A large number of bazaars are found in the medina. Some sell Moroccan hand crafted items such as carpets, brass lamps and pottery. Other sell clothes; either fake brands or non branded stuff. In all shops you need to bargain which makes the pricing a little in-transparent. In most cases the shop owners/dealers are honest about the quality of their goods, but they may cheat on the price.
When it comes to antiques, it is difficult evaluate the authenticity and the “right” price. The best antique shop in the medina is “Butique Majid”. The owner, Majid, travels all over Morocco to find the right stuff, and he never cheats about the origin or the quality of his merchandise.
When living in the medina it is pretty easy to get around by foot. Alternatively taxis are easily available.
Petit Taxis are small taxis for transport of maximum three persons, and only within the city. The fare is calculated by the taxi meter, and if the taxi is not full the driver may stop and take other passengers onboard.
Grand Taxis take up to six passengers and they go outside the city, i.e. to the airport, Cap Spartel or Azilah. The fare should be negotiated prior to the trip in order to avoid misunder-standings or getting screwed.