- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Art & Culture
I liked walking through the alleys of the medina and along the ramparts. The old Spanish colonial presence can still be seen there today: I found that the medina seems a little like an Andalusian city, with the wrought-iron bars on the windows of the houses and the restaurant menus full of tapas and paella.
The town is picturesque with its whitewashed façades, whose sparkling white is accentuated by an endless palette of blues on the doors and shutters, or even by colourful frescos all along some walls. A truly photogenic landscape! Asilah is famous for its art galleries and its exhibition spaces, including cultural centre Centre Hassan II.
But if you prefer the beaches of golden sand, go to Paradise Beach in spring, which is located 3 kilometres to the south of Asilah; the beaches are packed in summer.
Once in Tangier, after having spent 2 weeks in Andalusia, everyone recommended I spend a day in Asilah, which is only forty-odd kilometres away. After half an hour of being squished in a collective taxi, I arrived in Asilah during the late morning. The blue and white old town and the souk are famous for their local crafts. Indeed, you'll come across examples of street art and be invited into its many galleries.
I wandered along the ramparts that line the Atlantic Ocean and got lost in its maze of little streets. It's a touristy town and there are loads of souvenir shops. As the souk isn't that big, I decided to stop at a beach 5km away, which was supposed to be beautiful, but curiously bears the name Cueva de los Manos in Spanish, yet is called Paradise Beach in English.
5km's not far, but it proved hard to reach! The cost of a taxi proved to be extortionate, as the drivers will drop you off and wait before bringing you back to town. I met a Moroccan who suggested I accompany him. I wondered if it was a scam, but I decided to take him up on his offer, as I really wanted to see this beach! In the end, the beach was alright, but nothing special; what's more it was cloudy, even a bit chilly. Anyway, I stayed for a while and then luckily met some people who were heading back to Asilah and who offered me a ride. Without them, I'd probably still be stuck there!