Coast of Morocco

 

 

 

Tangier

is meeting place where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, and point of Europe and Africa. Many masters marked the architecture of the city, from early Phoenicians to French and many various Spanish and Central Europe refugees. Writers such as the American Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams and many others were mesmerized by city and spend part of their lives here. The city though was left in a bit of decay in the time of King Hassan II that viewed the town as greedy and sleazy. However, the recent King Mohammed VI is working on restoring the past glory of Tangier.

Asilah

This is an old Portuguese port that might not have lots of offer to the checklist tourists but still worth the time for a stop. Its well-maintained buildings, low key atmosphere it feels a world away.  Asilah Arts Festival taking place in each August for 3 weeks full of poetry, music and visual arts.

Rabat

Lies on the Atlantic coast and is today capital of Morocco. It has long history established in the 10th century by the Phoenicians, later Romans.

The town is worth well visiting, the medina with its many markets and nearby Kasbah of the Ouidaias, fortress that was once a city itself and later in a pirate lair. The fortress dominates blue shade colour buildings slightly resembling Chefchaouen.


Casablanca

Economical capital of Morocco, the largest busying city with its dominating mosque of Hassan II – one of the largest in the world. Casablanca beaches are busy with local folks, lined by many restaurants and cafes

El Jadida

Just a hop from Casablanca, sometimes referred to by its old name Mazagan-  UNESCO protected the town.

Here you find beach resorts including the famous Mazagan.  Beaches are great for swimming, surfing and if you travel a short distance away you might find beautiful beaches that are almost deserted.

The resort offers a wide range of activities from ATV ride, horse or camel riding. Or if you prefer the town of El Jadida has a number of historical buildings including the Portuguese Cisterns.

Oualidia

Picturesque town flanked by crescent shape inland lagoon. The town and surrounding areas are great for anyone seeking calm and complete serenity with like ethereal wilderness beauty.  The town is famous for its oysters that you can sample straight from the water.

Essaouira

Formerly named Mogador is laid back town just a stone away from Marrakech and good for a day trip. Here you find medieval centre flank by the rampant, blue small boats fishing port and beach with newly built promenade. The town can be windy at times hence popular with many surfing sports.

Thuja

An evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family is indigenous to the Essaouira region. You might find many local artisans and handicrafts made from this aromatic and red tone colour wood in the markets of Essaouira.

Agadir

This is bit untypical Moroccan town.  It’s a large modern developed town with many international hotels and beach resorts with a long stretch of beach. Many sun-seekers from Europe like to spend their holidays here. If you are looking for a beach holiday but want something quieter perhaps travels to Taghazout just a few miles North of Agadir.

Mirleft

Off the beaten tourist path. The town has a very mellow atmosphere with excellent beaches often completely isolated except the summer months when Moroccans come for vacation. Here you find fresh clean air with sea views to die for.  No big hotels or resorts, but rather small auberges.

Swimming might be hard as water is often cold and the waves are strong.

Sidi Ifni

A former Spanish port has much history to offer. The town’s art deco architecture is one of the main tourists draw but the dramatic seaside cliffs is another important reason for a visit at the Legzira Beach.

Interesting facts:

Around the coast between Essaouira and Agadir, you find the Argon trees, gold of Morocco. What’s interesting is that these trees don’t grow anywhere else in the world. The oil from the nuts of the Argan is used in cooking or in cosmetic products. Sometimes you might see goats on top of the branches of the tree eating it.

 

Travelling around Morocco you might be tired of eating tagines and couscous so the cuisine of a fresh day’s catch might be a pleasant change. The fish markets of these towns are placed to peruse a diverse selection of seafood. Have a go with oysters, crab, lobsters, sea urchin, eel, shrimp and many various types of fish.

Morocco is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the North and 800 km on the West by the Atlantic Ocean.

Northern Mediterranean coast is friendlier to swimmers, oppose to the Atlantic whose waves are crushing hard especially the deeper South you go.

More and more beach resort are springing up here especially along the towns of Casablanca and Agadir but in most parts, the shore remains rugged with undulating dune line beaches.

Away from the beaches farmland and wetland rolls showcasing in some parts rich migratory bird life especially in autumn and spring.

The coast is dotted by old fishing towns villages, once formed by the pirates and later dominated by the Portuguese or Spanish that established fortified towns with vibrant medinas at the edge of the ocean.

The coast is great for visit year-round for its mild yearly temperatures.