In general – Cultural


Tangiers the International

City among all singular, strategically perched on the Strait of Gibraltar, from where you can enjoy stunning views of the European continent so far away and so close (13 km).

Coveted for over 2500 years, it became an international city during the French-Spanish protectorat, a unique status in history.

From 1923 to 1956 this Interzone was managed at first by eight and later by 13 countries. A crossroad of cultures, which fascinated artists of all backgrounds. She jealously guards the relics of her dazzling past. More…

Chefchaouen, the Riffan

The Medina of Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque in Morocco, marked by the imprint of Andalusia. Originally it was called “Chaouen” which means “peaks” in Berber, with reference to the Rif mountains that surround it. Founded in 1471, the Holy City remained closed to foreigners until 1920. It has retained its charm, its traditions and its authenticity.

At the heart of the Medina is the Kasbah, a fortress made up of several buildings around a garden planted with centuries old towering palm trees, … City of crafts, at every corner of the winding blue streets you can find artisans working wool (carpets, blankets, …), leather (bags, slippers, …), painted wood (Zwack), cork, copper, pottery, basketry. More…

Tetouan, the Moorish

Tétouan was of particular importance in the Islamic period, as the principal link between Morocco and Andalusia. Its medina is one of the smallest of Morocco; built by Muslims and Jews expelled from Spain at the Fall of Granada (1492).

Alleys, archways, covered souks and squares shaded by trellises give it a special charm. She is recognized by UNESCO World Heritage since 1997. Under the Spanish protectorate, it became the capital of northern Morocco for over 40 years. Its modern city is also strongly influenced by the Spanish imprint. More…

Asilah, the Portuguese

First fishing town overlooking the Atlantic, it was originally called Zilis (Phoenician).

Long coveted by the Spanish and Portuguese, this legendary pirate hideout is uptil today surprisingly wel preserved. The Moussem of Asilah is one of the biggest cultural events of the year, where a large gathering of artists and intellectuals come to participate in workshops, debates and conferences. Workshops for children and contemporary artists contribute to turn the walls of the medina into huge paintings. More…

Larache, the Roman

The city and port of Larache overlook the Atlantic Ocean, near the mouth of the river Loukos. The Spanish influence is found in the architecture of the city. The many arches, doors and columns of warm colors remind of Andalusia.

The region was the scene of many clashes, including Lixus between the Phoenicians and Romans. This archaeological site overlooking the estuary of Loukos still reveals its burried treasures at each excavation. It is also in the vicinity of Larache where the Battle of Elksar El-Kebir or “Battle of the Three Kings” took place, and where two Sultans and the King of Portugal lost their lives in 1578.

In 1986, the French writer Jean Genet choose this historic place to rest in peace. More…

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In general – Ecology


- Sea and Ocean -

At only 14 km from the European coast lies Tangier. Nested between two Capes, Tangier is the only city in Africa where you can bathe in the morning in the Mediterranean and the afternoon in the Atlantic.

At Cape Spartel, extreme northwestern tip of the continent, you’re at the junction of the two seas.

Swept by all cross winds, you can find here as Watersports enthusiasts, the ideal environment and setting for your sport. In addition, the marinas of Tangier, M’Diq, Smir and Kabila, scattered along the Mediterranean Coast, offer various leisure and watersport activities.

- Climate -

Located between two seas, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean, northern Morocco has a sub-humid climate which confers to this region a more European biogeography than African one.

Temperatures below 10°C and above 35°C, are exceptional.

This climate gives the region more diverse ecosystems.

- Flora and Fauna -

F L O R A

Northern Morocco has the most extensive and diverse forests of the Maghreb. As to the large variety of medicinal plants, known from traditional use, they help to make Morocco a major producer of raw materials, mainly for the pharmaceutical and beauty industry.

F A U N A

One of the richest bird sanctuary in the world, where you might see a multitude of migratory birds of which storks, and of course, the white heron. Among the sedentary species you might see partridges, many diffent species of warblers, pheasant, quail, ibis, blue merle and the wonderful and legendary crest.

Birds of prey observers will have ample opportunity to see vultures, falcons, buzzards, kites, not to mention the booted eagle or royal eagle in his majestic flight.

- Relief -

The Rif mountains to the East and the Atlas mountains to the south, trace the natural geographical border between the mediterranean North and the atlantic South of Morocco.

In the Greek mythology Jebel Musa on the African continent, facing Jebel Tarik (Tarik’s mountain – now Gibraltar) are the Pillars of Hercules, gateway to the Mediterranean.

A real haven for any caver, no less than 200 caves have been identified; the most important has a lenghth of 2000 m and a depth of 722 m, one of the largest in Africa.

Jebel Tissouka in the region of Chefchaouen, rises to 2122m.

Filed under : Ecological, Featured

Forests of Northern Morocco


Northern Morocco encompasses the largest and most diverse forests of the Maghreb: cork oak, cedar, eucalyptus, cypress trees, pine, fir and cedar trees without forgetting the numerous fruit tree species like pomegranate, figs, grapes… that grow in this Mediterranean climate.

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