Chefchaouen , also known as Chaouen, is a city in northwest Morocco. It is the chief town of the province of the same name, and is noted for its buildings in shades of blue. Chefchaouen is situated just inland from Tangier and Tétouan. The city was founded in 1471 as a small kasbah by Moulay Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami, a descendant of Abd as-Salam al-Alami and Idris I, and through them, of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Al-Alami founded the city to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. Along with the Ghomara tribes of the region, many Moriscos and Jews settled here after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times.
Known as the blue city of Morocco, is a beautiful town of cobalt-stained streets set amid the majestic Rif Mountains. A town as rich in history as it is beautiful, it was established in 1471 when Moorish and Jewish settlers fled here to escape the Reconquista of Spain. In this old and enchanting town, there’s much to see and do
Cape Spartel is a promontory in Morocco about 1,000 feet above sea level at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, 12 km West of Tangier. Below the cape are the Caves of Hercules.
The Caves of Hercules is an archaeological cave complex located in Cape Spartel, Morocco. Situated 14 kilometres west of Tangier, the popular tourist attraction is adjacent to the summer palace of the King of Morocco. The cave has two openings, one to sea and one to land. The sea opening is known as The Map of Africa. It is believed that the Phoenicians created the sea opening which is in the shape of Africa when looked at from the sea. There are also some markings on the wall in the shape of eyes, that are said to be made by the Phoenicians, which make up a map of the local area.
Beyond the blue streets, there’s a surplus of mind-blowing natural scenery around the town. Approximately 30 minutes by taxi from the centre lies a tempting tourist trail which, after a beautiful walk, leads to stunning waterfalls. The waters are in keeping with the town’s blue theme, while you can take a dip in the rock pools or admire the majestic waterfalls. While in the area, make sure to look out for the awe-inspiring Bridge of God, a rock arch spanning the river.
A fortified seaside town on the northwest coast of Morocco, Asilah is a bright destination that provides a taste of Morocco’s Andalusian-inflected north. This town, adorned with inspiring artwork, can be explored by foot in just a day, but its diminutive size doesn’t detract from its beauty.
Tétouan is a city located in northern Morocco. It lies along the Martil Valley and is one of the two major ports of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea, a few miles south of the Strait of Gibraltar, and about 60 km E.S.E. of Tangier. In the 2014 Moroccan census the city recorded a population of 380,787 inhabitants. It is part of the administrative division Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima. The city has witnessed many development cycles spanning over more than 2000 years. The first settlements discovered a few miles outside of the modern city limits belonged to Mauretanian Berbers and date back to the 3rd century BC. A century later Phoenicians traded there and after them the site -known now as the ancient town of Tamuda- became a Roman colony under Emperor Augustus.
Tetouan’s medina (Old Town) has retained its authentic Andalusian soul, which makes this town the most Hispano-Moorish influenced of Moroccan cities. This is a thoroughly atmospheric place to explore, and architectural historians regard it as the country’s finest preserved medina. Every twist and turn down an alleyway brings you to a new picture-perfect local scene, with lots of lovely, slightly crumbling buildings lining the narrow lanes. A couple of traditional houses within the medina have been opened up to the public in recent years as small museums and cultural centers. They are well worth seeking out during your medina strolls.
Located only an hour’s drive from Tangier, Larache is a city with a rich history that has several monuments worth visiting. The city has recently opened the Ancient City-Lixus Museum which features artifacts unearthed in Lixus as well as those brought over from nearby Volubilis and Chellah.
Between the museum and other excavations remains of walls, ramparts and buildings can be seen throughout the area. A short distance away two Roman tombs have been uncovered near the town cemetery. Larache was first inhabited by Berbers and an encampment named Lixus was built there by Carthaginians around 800 BC, but this version of events remains to be proved (the name ‘Lixus’ meaning “luxury” in Punic).
Lixus is also home to a Jewish community that dates back to the time of the expulsion from Spain. The community was given refuge by the sultan Abd-al-Haqq II and was offered the protection of a fortress that still stands today.
TANGIER AREA BEACHES (PARADISE, DALIA, BAKACEM)
After exploring the ancient sites of Tangier, it’s only natural to want to take a break and relax on its wonderful beaches! The most famous and busiest one is Tangier Beach located in the heart of the city.
The beach stretches for kilometers and has a wide range of activities on offer such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, jet skiing, sailing, and swimming. It can get pretty busy during the summer so if you’re looking for some peace and quiet head to Caves Beach which is further north.
The beach itself is a wonderful place to go to, but the area surrounding it is equally beautiful! It has plenty of shops that sell all kinds of things from clothes and traditional handicrafts to food and drinks. There are also some great bars where you can get a cold beer or cocktail while enjoying the sea breeze!
If you’re looking for some chillaxing time in Tangier with your friends and family then head on over to one (or more) of its beaches! You’ve got nothing to worry about when there are so many fun things going on around you and the fresh, Mediterranean air is guaranteed to leave you with an everlasting impression of this lovely city.