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About Tangier

Tangier is situated in Morocco. Tangier has a number of attractions ideal for backpacking tours in this region.

Airports

Tangier airports include the following:
•Tangier Boukhalef Souahel International Airport

Birdlife

Tangier birdlife is fairly diverse, with a number of birding hotspots to be found. Bird habitats include key fresh water wetlands as well as coastal wetlands, with a number of covered ecosystems ranging from shrub to woodlands, marshes, deserts and forest areas. With a range of beautiful birding areas and a fascinating culture, Tangier remains one of the most popular bird watching areas in Morocco.

Conservation

With a number of wildlife and bird species facing extinction, and a high deforestation and desertification rate, with additional problems such as land abuse and over-grazing, Tangier conservation is key to preserving the precious mountain ecosystems within the region. A number of efforts are in place to try and address the region's conservation problems however.

Malaria

Tangier malaria info is as follows:
•Malaria is not endemic in Tangier
•You will not need to take malaria medication unless you have entered Morocco from a malaria zone country
•Speak to your doctor if you are traveling between non-malaria and malaria countries
•Do not ever take malaria medication if it is not required, as side effects can be serious

Money

Tangier money and banking info includes the following:
•Moroccan Dirhams can only be obtained in Morocco, usually through ATMs
•Banking hours are Monday-Thursday from 08h30-12h30 and 15h00-18h30 and Friday from 08h30-1200 and 15h00-18h30
•Dollars, Pounds and Euros are cheapest and easiest to exchange
•Credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels, restaurants and shops
•ATMs are available in the town

Plants

Tangier plants vary from beautiful forest areas with trees such as olive tree, juniper, pine, cedar and oak, to dry shrub and grasslands with sparse desert areas in between. Wetland areas contain marsh vegetation, and there are also a number of palms to be found throughout the country. With a varied climate, Tangier's plant life is mostly fast growing and strong, although the country also faces problems from deforestation and desertification.

Safety Tips


•Do not wander into the mountains without a guide
•There is a fairly large terrorist threat in Morocco so be on guard at all times
•Road safety is a big concern and accidents are common
•The crime rate is fairly low but is growing, especially in busy cities
•Do not walk around alone after dark and keep all valuables safe and out of sight when walking in the daytime

Travel Books

Tangier travel books include:
•Morocco Lonely Planet Country Guide by Paul Clammer
•Morocco Eyewitness Travel Guide by DK Publishing
•The Rough Guide to Morocco by Mark Ellingham, Daniel Jacobs, Hamish Brown, and Shaun McVeigh
•Culture Shock! Morocco: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette by Orin Hargraves
•Frommer's Morocco by Darren Humphrys

Wildlife

Tangier wildlife is varied, however many species face extinction, with a number of species already extinct. There are a number of highly endangered mammal species as well as a small number of endangered reptiles. Despite this, Tangier is close to a range of beautiful national parks where a wide range of species can be seen, including rare monkeys, oryx, jackals and many other species.

 

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