Jonathan Ray

How to spend 48 hours in Tangier

Mooching in the medina

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One of the few highlights of newly-released Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is a frantic chase through 1960s Tangier. It’s breathless, edge-of-the-seat stuff with tuk-tuks, motorcycles, a Jaguar and Mercedes tearing through the narrow streets of the medina, guns blazing and quips flying. I’m told so many tuk-tuks got mangled they needed dozens to shoot the scene. 

In the medina, we wandered the crammed, twisting streets full of bustling locals, tired dogs, stray cats and laughing children

What a crushing disappointment, then, to discover that the sequence was filmed not in Tangier at all but in Fez and Oujda.

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