In the '40s and '50s, as part of an international zone on the North African coast that was officially ruled by nine nations, Tangier became a hotbed of glamour and intrigue. It attracted all sorts of fabulous fringe-dwellers and many writers including Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Tennessee Williams. In 1956, the city was incorporated into Morocco and many of the expats started to drift away. But Tangier is undergoing another upswing, with many changes giving the city a new lease on life. Projects include new 5-star hotels and boutiques along the waterfront, a modern business district called Tangier City Centre, a new airport terminal and a new soccer stadium. The old town will fascinate and charm you, and Tangier's medina and souks are second only to Marrakech for colour, atmosphere and wonderful treasures to bring home.

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