Tanger has long been considered a place of the bohemian pilgrimage

A magnet for artists and writers of today, and yesterday, including Henri Matisse, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, Orson Welles and the heiress Barbara Hutton, Tanger has long been considered a place of the bohemian pilgrimage. A town of great intrigue, from 1932 until its incorporation into Morocco in 1956, Tangier was an international city, under the control of a committee of 30 nations. This was an era that was characterised by financial fraud, espionage, large-scale smuggling and outrageous sexual license by wealthy and eccentric expatriates.

From the mountains that surround Tanger, a magnificent spectacle unfolds as the evening sun sinks into the Atlantic Ocean and the moon slowly rises up out of the dark waters of the Mediterranean. This cape, famed since antiquity, contains the Caves of Hercules-for centuries the haunt of the Barbary Corsairs, the savage pirates who were the curse of the Mediterranean.

The Phoenicians set up a trading post here and it later became the Roman town of Tanger. Arab rulers from the east took over in the 8th Century AD and Portugal captured it in the 15th Century.