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Coast Morocco
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The Mediterranean coast between Tangier and Nador has a string of creeks, sheltered beaches, bays and cliffs along the shore, ideal for boating and swimming and fishing. Mdiq, Al Hoceima, Taifor and Smir-Restinga are all new resorts, offering a wide range of accommodation.

The Atlantic coast is rocky, with some long stretches of fine sand and peaceful bays.

Tangier

Tangier, gateway to Africa, is the Morocco’s most cosmopolitan town, a place where – surviving from the days when Tangier was a free port – the street signs are in 3 languages. In fact, no less than twelve nations have occupied the city at 1 time or another since the 5th century. The city has a scenic and active market, the Grand Socco. Places worth visiting include the Mendoubia Gardens, the Sidi Bounabib Mosque, the Moulay Ismail Mosque, the Forbes Museum, and the Merinid College.

Excursions

Excursions in the region include visits to the mountain town of Chechaouen, the Caves of Hercules at Cape Spartel and the fishing village of Asilah. Located 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Tangier, the city of Tetouan has a reputation for minor crime, however, the town is beautifully set on a hillside with a view over the Mediterranean and its medina (market) in the old part is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Casablanca

The newer city of Casablanca is situated on the Atlantic coast. Founded at the beginning of the century, it is Morocco’s principal commercial town, the 2nd largest town in Africa and 1 of the continent’s biggest ports. Here stands the Hassan II Mosque, the world’s largest mosque with the world’s tallest minarets.

Excursions

Just south of Casablanca, in a striking location along the banks of the Oum er-Rbia, is Azemmour, with its profusion of violet bougainvillea and its purple ramparts. Further south is El Jadida which has an outstanding Portuguese fortress and 1 of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast. The Church of Assumption, an enormous underground Cistern and the ‘Gate on the Sea’ and fortifications are additional sites at El Jadida.

Elsewhere

Travelling south along the coast brings visitors to Safi, a fishing port with a Portuguese palace, a medina and pottery shops.

Agadir is a modern holiday city with good beaches, excellent resort hotels and self-catering accommodation, which offers various sports activities.

From here, there are excursions to the towns of Tiznit, Tafraout, Taroudant, Goulimine and, of course, Marrakech.

Essaouira is a laid-back fishing port with narrow streets lined with whitewashed, blue-shuttered houses. Mohammedia is also a popular resort in this region.