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Top 10 Places to visit in Morocco

Morocco Travel Series The Top Ten places to visit in Morocco

Morocco is one of the most diverse countries the world and certainly in the recent years it’s growing out to become the No. 1 tourist destination on its own right. Today’s numerous economical flights, which now fly to over 6 cities in Morocco enable anyone to drop there and spend a great weekend in one of the beautiful cities of the country. No matter if you want to do a cultural exploration of the Islamic – Oriental- Northern African cultural heritages, if you want a culinary tour, or some days of Sun-Sea-Sand, you can now combine all these when in Morocco.
In this article I would like to provide you some guidance on what I think are the top 10 things you shouldn’t miss out on trying or doing when in Morocco.
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Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Morocco - Part 2


Charrana Beach – Nador

  

Let’s take a big turn now and head from the Southwest of Morocco to the Northeastern part of the country to the shores of the milder, warmer Mediterranean Sea which gives place to some of the most beautiful beaches of Morocco such as the outstanding Charrana Beach which is located at Nador. Being some of the well-known beaches in the area, Charrana is widely visited by the locals and it’s officially considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Morocco. Luckily it still lacks the Euro –tourism so you won’t get to see many tourists in the area at all.

Charrana beach has plenty of lovely, often tiny bays with each one forming a sort of private beach, surrounded by picturesque rocks which means that this area is just perfect for diving, scuba diving and enjoying some calm, silent times. The water is bluer than blue, it’s clear as sky and it offers just the perfect beach time.

This unique beach lies on a beautiful peninsula the other side of which lies the big port town Nador. Thanks to its exceptional location, Charrana is at a totally peaceful place with no big cities being overly close by. This ensures its clear-as-sky water and an unbarred peace you feel when you are there. The beach itself also has a very unique location: divided by a smaller peninsula that creates two separate bays it just gives endless possibilities for those, who are up for spending some days in the nature.

To say a few words about Nador it’s sort of the capital of the Rif region the easternmost international port city of Morocco and has a very specific natural phenomenon: salty and sweet water lagoons which make the city one haven for birds. The whole area was under Spanish control until 1956 when Morocco gained its independence from the Spanish and the French. Traditionally this region is not Arabic but Rifi Berber region. Nador still represents lots of Spanish effects in its atmosphere and in its amenities. Daily ferries go to Spain from the town and it has a beautifully Mediterranean feel to it.  The city is much underrated and has mostly Spanish tourists in its area, Nador is regularly welcoming Spanish tourists who come to see Morocco on a daily basis.

Charrana beach life
featuring the amazing turqoise water of Charrana Beach
Getting there:
Nador is actually the easternmost city from the Algerian border and as such it has its own airport which is great for all the families who visit back home from Europe. This is actually also the best way to go, if you are to travel there from other parts of the county, as Nador is pretty far from all the rest of the relevant cities and it’s off the beaten track for tourists too. The only time I suggest you to try a bus if you are no further than Fez or Tangier so if you take a bus, you will get there in about 6-7 hours.


Accommodation:
As I said above Nador, although gifted with a beautiful geographical location and wonderful beaches such as Charrana, is still very low key when it comes to actual tourism. Therefore there aren’t too many quality accommodations I can offer there and earnestly the city doesn’t really have anything on offer for tourists either. Funnily the close by-lying historical Melilla also doesn’t have quality accommodation either.  Also as the city is not that very close to the Charrana beach itself I suggest you to literally pitch tent in Camping Dcharana which is currently the only settlement where one can sleep nearby. In case the camping won’t cut it for you, you can find a cheap accommodation in Nador or Melilla but don’t have any high expectations.
Charrana beach
A real incredible sight
 Other activities and places to see:
Visit Melilla:
As if to preserve history, the Spanish Melilla is right next to Nador. As a reminder: that city is like crossing a real border to Spain. Therefore no Moroccans can go there without an actual visa. But you will be welcomed for sure and the city is a real historical monument on its own right, a place very worthwhile visiting, featuring wonderful little ports, historical fortresses, bastions and other Spanish buildings. People speak Spanish in the city so you will feel as if you were right there in Spain. Melilla has daily ferry connection with Spain by the way, so if you feel to hop by, you can freely do it from there.
  • The area of Nador is also frequented by bird watchers and ornithologists as, thanks to its natural gifts is just the perfect place for a wide range of species.
  • If you are in the Nador area give a visit to Al Hoceima which is alone standing when it comes to beach tourism. Local buses will take you there within a few hours.  (In my next Morocco Nature series I will feature the Top Ten Beaches of Al Hoceima only, it’s that special a place)
  • If you have even more time, then head eastwards and don’t stop until you get to Saidia, which is the closest one can imagine a real beach resort town, packed with pretty nice and new top quality hotels.  
  • Check out my Pinterest on the Ten Most Beautiful Moroccan beaches for the pics I have there so far. It's continuously growing. 

If you guys have any questions please comment and ask me freely. I would be glad to hear from you.



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