Asilah lies on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, just south of Tangier. It is a slow, friendly place with good food, excellent beaches, and a clean medina.
The charm of Asilah is its ancient walled town on some cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. The views from the ramparts over the sea are great, with waves crashing angrily on the rocks below you.
Every year artists and performers descend on Asilah from all over the world, for the International Festival of Asilah. They leave behind brightly painted murals on the whitewashed wall in the town. Most of the town is strictly pedestrian, and nice and quiet.
The Medina is small, and the shopkeepers friendly. The prices of goods arenít too outrageous, and it was fun exploring. We met a number of very interesting characters there, and had a fun week with only a few minor hassles.
We recommend a visit here to recouperate if you've been to any of the big cities in Morocco. It also makes a good base from which to explore Tangier. There is a train that takes about 45 minutes to arrive in Tangier. The only problem is that it doesn't run often and if you want to return the same day you only have a few hours to visit.
Every August the whitewashed walls of the medina are tranformed by artists for the International Festival of Asilah.
The ramparts were built by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Inside, the attractive medina is painted white and blue, Andalusian style.
The Seawall and Cemetery
The Asilah medina comes right up to the sea. The seawall provides a beautiful, wide panorama.
Good Restaurant by the Sea
You won't go hungry in Asilah, as there are a good selection of restaurants specializing in tasty seafood.
This beautiful stretch of sand and surf is truly a paradise, especially if you have it to yourself in the off season. In summer it's popular with locals and tourists.
The North African Coast of the Atlantic Ocean sports many beautiful beaches, though some of the best have difficult access.
That all folks! Hope you enjoyed