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Location - North Africa; Capital - Rabat; Population - 32 million; Currency - Morocco Dirham MORE MOROCCO

During my 2014 visit to Ceuta I made time for a stay in Tangier and a few days to explore the city, as well as Asilah, Tetouan and the Moroccan border town of Belyounech, next to the Spanish island of Perejil - October 2014.

 

mornoteThe Moroccan Dirham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco719The main gathering place in the new town is the Terrasse des Paresseux - Tangier

 

morocco724The Gran Cafe de Paris hosted many novelists and artists before and after WWII, when the city was an International Zone. More recently it appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum - Tangier

 

morocco768 The cafe-lined Grand Socco lies next to the medina's entrance - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco765Entering the medina, Tangier's walled old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco758The Tangier American Legation Museum celebrates the ties between Morocco and the United States - Tangier

 

morocco764Within the Legation is the Paul Bowles wing, with exhibits from the American author and composer who lived in Tangier

 

morocco743Beautiful shades of blue in the medina - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco745Get yourself lost exploring the old town - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco749Sellling vegetables and earthenware pots in a medina souq - Tangier

 

morocco751Rest your feet with a mint tea in the medina's Petit Socco - Tangier

 

morocco753The Grand Mosque lies at the eastern end of the medina - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco756Close to the Grand Mosque is a viewpoint. It's mainly a view of the industrial port but you can also see the medina's edge - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco739Bab el-Aassa is one the entrance gates to the kasbah - Tangier

 

morocco740Steps leading down from Bab el-Aassa - Tangier

 

morocco731Dar el-Makhzen, the former sultan's palace, is now the Kasbah Museum - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco738Intricate mosaics in the Kasbah Museum - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco727A kasbah alleyway - Tangier

 

morocco722An atmospheric place for a drink in the new town is Caid's Bar, in the grounds of the five-star El-Minzah Hotel - Tangier

 

morocco773The city has a good central beach where the corniche gets busy in the late afteroon/early evening - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco775 There's a lively cafe-restaurant complex just off Boulevard Mohammed V, near Hotel Rembrandt - Tangier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco779The beach approach to the whitewashed old town of Asilah

 

morocco785The courtyard of Centre de Hassan II Rencontres Internationales, which hosts art exhibitions - Asilah

 

morocco784Al-Madina cafe is an ideal respite from the heat of the medina - Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco788Asilah is famous for its summer festival, which includes superb street art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco790Colourful street art in Asilah

 

 

morocco794Watching the world go by - Asilah

 

 

morocco795 "Clown's Exit. Do Not Park". Perish the thought! Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco796Colourful Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco800Ahead is the whitewashed Palais de Raissouli, also called the Palace of Culture - Asilah

 

morocco804The Palais de Raissouli is usually closed to visitors but you might get lucky around festival time in August - Asilah

 

morocco810 In the southwestern corner of the medina is a lookout point. Straight ahead is the Palais de Raissouli jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean - Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco811And down the steps is the Mujaheddin Graveyard - Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco818I love this one. If you don't have windows just paint some. And with a tie hanging out, of course - Asilah

 

morocco819A tight spot for deliveries! Donkey and cart in Asilah

 

morocco820More colour in Asilah, where several art galleries are dotted around the medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco821The low-key souvenir shops - Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco826The cobbled streets and winding alleyways in Asilah's medina, less than an hour's train ride south of Tangier

 

morocco828What the old town would look like without restoration, though there's something appealing in its neglect - Asilah

 

morocco829Plantpots add a touch of class to Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco846Medina - Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco831A very worn Portuguese coat of arms stands above the Bab Homar entrance gate to the medina. Asilah, and much of Morocco's coast, was a Portuguese possession in the 15th century.

 

morocco841The medina stands over a small beach on the Atlantic Ocean - Asilah

 

morocco844 Fishing boats in Asilah's small port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco845 The Patio de la Luna Hotel and its palm trees lie just outside the medina walls - Asilah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco835San Bartolome Church in the new town - Asilah

 

morocco850The walk between the medina and the train station is around 20 minutes but the wide expanse of beach linking them is a pleasant stroll - Asilah

 

morocco861 An hour's drive east of Asilah, close to the Mediterranean coast, is Tetouan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco863 A covered walkway in Tetouan medina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco853Just inside the Bab Saida gate is Saida Mosque - Tetouan

 

morocco854Undercover: Getting some respite from the rain in Tetouan medina. It was a very wet day!

 

morocco859The 19th century courtyard of the Regional Nationalist Museum(?!) - Tetouan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco855The sun struggles to pierce through the rain clouds - Tetouan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco865A tradfitional room on show in the Ethnographic Museum - Tetouan

 

morocco867Walk through Lovers Park on the way from the Ethnographic Museum to The Ensanche - Tetouan

 

morocco883Avenue Mohammed V is the heart of The Ensanche, an area with much Spanish colonial architecture - Tetouan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco869Tetouan was the capital of the Spanish protectorate between 1912 and 1956, so Spanish and Moorish architecture are in evidence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco870Avenue Mohammed V leads to Place Hassan II - Tetouan

 

morocco877The Royal Palace takes pride of place in Place Hassan II, though it does mean the square is cordoned off for security reasons - Tetouan

 

morocco871On the edge of Place Hassan II are four towers designed by Modernist architect Enrique Nieto, famous in the Spanish enclave of Melilla - Tetouan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco886A 15minute taxi ride north of Tetouan, on the east coast, is the beach resort of Mdiq

 

morocco888A glass of Flag Speciale beer in the grounds of the Golden Beach Hotel - Mdiq

 

morocco700Dark clouds (again!) descend on the valleys surrounding Belyounech, a short drive from Ceuta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco710The town and bay of Belyounech. which stretches to the Ceutan town of Benzu in the distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

morocco703The border fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. My Ceuta pages 1 & 2 - Belyounech

 

 

morocco705Looking away from Ceuta towards Jebel Musa and Belyounech

 

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LINKS

www.tourism-in-morocco.com

www.visitmorocco.org

http://morocco.guideof.com

www.oncf.ma - Moroccan train timetables, fares, info etc

 

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