Located at the Northern tip of Morocco Tangier is an ideal starting point for excursions to the Northern part of the country. Within a few hours of driving you find interesting cities like Azilah, Tetouan and Chefchauen as well as the small Spanish enclave of Zeuta. The old royal cities of Fez, Meknes and Rabat as well as the commercial centre Casablanca are reached within 4 – 5 hours.

 

Apart from the cities the Northern part of the country offers plenty of beautiful sceneries. To the west you find endless beaches towards the Atlantic Ocean, and to the east you find the RifMountains with steep gorges and sheltered bays towards the Mediterranean Sea. On the high plains between the RifMountains, the Atlas Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean much of the fruit and vegetables consumed (and smoked) in Europe are grown.

 

When staying in Tangier you may visit one or more of the below places.

 

 

 

Cap Spartel & Achakar Beach

 

Cap Spartel (about 15 km West of Tangier) is the North Western tip of Africa. For centuries the Light House at Cap Spartel has guided wessels from the Atlantic Ocean safely into the Strait of Gibraltar. The coastline between Tangier and Cap Spartel is rocky and green due to the humidity coming from the sea.

 

South of Cap Spartel is Achakar Beach located. The beach is very popular in the summer time, particularly in the weekends when people from Tangier go there. The wawes at Achakar Beach are perfect for boby surfing, and some days also for board surfing. The current is quite strong at Achakar, so don't go too far out.

 

The rocky coast of Cap Spartel

 

      

The Light House at Cap Spartel                                          Souvenir stands at Cap Spartel

 

      

View from Cap Spartel towards Achakar Beach                     The beach of Achakar

 

       

The beach of Achakar                                                      Sunset at Achakar Beach

 

 

 

Playa Blanca

 

Playa Blance is a small bay located about 10 km east of Tangier. In the summer time Playa Blanca is a very popular picnic destination for the people of Tangier as well as Moroccans living in Europe.

 

     

Beach houses at Playa Blanca                                       

 

Dalia Beach

 

Dalia is a cosy sheltered beach approximately 40 km east of Tangier facing the Strait of Gibraltar and Spain. Due to the location the beach never gets crowded, not even in the high season of July and August.

 

      

Dalia Beach and the Rock of Gibraltar in the background         Goats on the hills around Dalia Beach

 

       

Dalia Beach and the approach to the TangerMed Port            Dalia Beach in October - You're on your own!

 

 

Azilah

 

Azilah is a fortified town on the northwest tip of the Atlantic coast of Morocco, about 50 km south of Tangier. Its ramparts and gateworks remain fully intact. Its history dates back to 1500 B.C., when the Phoenicians used it as a base for trade. It is now a popular seaside resort, with modern holiday apartment complexes on the coast road leading to the town from Tangier. It hosts annual music and arts festivals, including a murales painting festival: the best paintings remain on the Medina walls for the following years.

 

      

Azilah seen from the fishing port                                        The square

 

       

The Azilah Waterfront                                                      The Azilah Waterfront 

 

      

The narrow streets of Azilah                                              A wall painting remaining from the painting festival

 

 

Chefchauen

 

Chefchaouen or Chaouen, as it is often called by Moroccans, is situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. The town is a popular tourist destination because of its proximity to Tangier (3 hours drive) and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. One distinction possessed by Chefchaouen is its blue-rinsed houses and buildings, a tradition that comes from the town's former Jewish population. The countryside around Chefchaouen has a reputation for being a prolific source of kif (marijuana).

 

      

On the road from Tangier to Chefchaouen                            The "Laundry Houses"

 

       

The Eastern entrance to Chefchaouen                                The main square

 

       

The streets of Chefchaouen                                              The streets of Chefchaouen

 

      

Blue is the color of Chefchaouen                                        The main square

 

Akchur / Talambote

 

Akchur is a beautiful canyon (two canyons) located near Chefchauen, on the road from Chefchauen to Oued-Laou on the Mediterranian coast, approximately 3 hours drive from Tangier. You can walk in the river and swim or dive in the numerous natural pools in the river (be sure to wear sandals or sneakers) until you reach the "Arch of God" where you can continue swiming in the river, or rest and enjoy a glass of mint tea or a delicious tagine. The hike in and out of the canyon takes about 3 - hours. Akchur is a popular destination for Moroccans and tourists and in late July / early August the canyon may be a bit crowded.

 

       

Typical scenery at Akchur                                                 One of the rest spots

 

              

The canyon of Akchur                          Just follow the river                             The Arch of God

 

      

One of the many small pools                                              One of the many small waterfalls

 

       

A jump in the pool                                                           Tagines and tea is available at some of the stops

 

 

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