- Encounters with locals
- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Place or Historical Monument
Located on the northern coast of Morocco, Al Hoceïma is a very distinctive city 90 minutes from the Algerian border and about three hours from Tangier.
The area around Al Hoceïma is really beautiful, but the city itself doesn't have a lot going for it, in my opinion. Nevertheless, it is one of the biggest seaside resorts in Morocco because of its lovely beaches, which have now been ruined by all the concrete infrastructures.
It's the third biggest port in Morocco and a transit city where people arrive or depart by ferry to or from Europe before or after a holiday in Morocco. The ferry is also an exciting way to reach the country from the south of France!
Al Hoceima is ideally located: I loved standing on top of the cliffs that overlook the bay, the view there is splendid.
Al Hoceima is perfect for a family getaway during a trip to Morocco: you can lazily dip your feet in the water of Quemado beach during any season. However, in summer, I would advise you to go to Asfiha beach. There along the stretch of grey sand, you will taste grilled sardines and chips.
Off the coast of Asfiha beach looms a small island known as el Peñón de Alhucemas, or literally 'Lavender Rock'. It is a rocky fortress and one of the last Spanish fortifications in North Africa, a point of contention between Spain and Morocco. I remember the view of this massive white fortress. Unfortunately, a visit there is impossible because the fortress houses soldiers.