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…