Nicknamed “The Gateway to Africa” because of its geographical location and multi-millenia importance to industry, commerce, and travel. It is easy to understand why the city has played muse and haven for 200 years to artists, writers, businessmen, and spies with the vibrant mix of Arabic, Berber, French, Spanish, English, and Tangerian (a local lexicon) resulting in a stunning mix of color, cultures, and cuisine. Additionally, the city hosts many historical houses of worship for Muslims, Jews, and Christians. An international hotspot of the rich and famous for generations, the region has undergone rapid urban development over the past decade with more on the horizon. Today the city functions as a busy port city with many tourists arriving for a day trip from either cruise ships or ferries departing from Spain, France, and Italy.