Northern Morocco

About North Morocco

Charm in natural beauty, ancient cities and to its proximity to Europe.

North Morocco is represented by some undulating landscapes particularly its two coastlines, the calm deep blue sea of the Mediterranean on the North and the coastline of the thrusting Atlantic Ocean on the West.  Interior of the country we find densely forested hills of the Riff Mountains, full of drop crystal clear streams that traverse their way to dramatic rocky gorges and fall down to beautiful waterfalls.

While the coasts are heavily populated, the Riff Mountains are wild and untamed Berber region of Morocco.

This natural beauty of Northern Morocco tied with architectural legacy of colonialism and the bewildering variety of languages spoken here, it can’t be hard to believe you are actually in Morocco.

Tangier

is the meeting place where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, and point of Europe and Africa. Many masters marked the architecture of the city, from the 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 the 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.

Chefchaouen

The small town settled in the Rif mountains. The city has a very interesting history as late as into the first half of 20th century, it was traditional mountain stronghold where very few Christians dare to venture. It has been a refugee town for Jewish and Muslims with very anti-European policy. When the first European broke into the city they discovered the Jewish community speaking the Castilian dialect extinct 400 years ago!

Today the city is becoming more and more popular with tourist. The locals are very relaxed towards the tourist. You don’t feel the hassle here. The city has interesting architectural buildings, but honestly, the highlight of the visit and why travellers venture here is for the blue shades of colourful buildings in the medina.  Accommodation can be quite limited here

Tetouan

This town is dotted by white building stands in contrast with the verdant hills surrounding the town.

Tetouan has a rich history and written in its architecture in Andalusian and Jewish style. The city is working in reviving once its glory and worth the stop to walk along the old town (medina)

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 each August for 3 weeks full of poetry, music and visual arts.

Interesting Facts

Many people in the North apart from speaking Arabic and Berber and French know also Spanish. North Morocco is known for figs and decorated straw hats.  Moroccans call people from North D’bella – the mountain people.

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