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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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The Top 10 Most Beautiful Beaches in Morocco


Playa Quemado
This beach has an incredible location
 

Quemado Beach - Al Hoceima


Al Hoceima is one of the luckiest towns on Earth. It’s surrounded by some of the most spectacular beaches of the Mediterranean and therefore it would be well worth for a Top Ten Beaches article on its own (I will do one, I do love beautiful beaches). The Northern Moroccan city lies in an especially beautiful area, stacked with sandy and rocky beaches likewise giving chance for lots of watersports, with the rocks and the crystal clear water also making it just the perfect place for scuba diving.

Al Hoceima is one of the most popular beach resort towns in Morocco and like most Moroccan beach towns it’s still low key. Its main hotel is the Mohammed V that you can also see on the photo, situated right on the beach while other projects are still under development. But that’s what I love about Morocco, that it’s so far avoided by the mass tourism.

As I have written above, this city has several beautiful beaches, but Quemado Beach is one of the most beautiful out of all of them. It’s enough to take a look at the main photo I have posted to see why: it has a lovely picturesque bay with part of the city looking down on it on top of the rocks. Quemado beach has great rocky parts but those who prefer the sand can stay on the sandy shore. The water is mild and it’s very relaxed. The city is best to visit between May and end of September. The beach is not too crowded by European standards but it’s definitely more touristic than most beaches which are represented here. Luckily the city has an amazing supply of beaches, so you can easily switch from one to the other.

Brief History:
Like most Northern cities Al Hoceima, originally a fishing village was also in Spanish hands from its founding that happened in approximately 1925 and was under Spanish rule until 1956. From it’s Spanish name Villa Alhucemas, its name had been changed to Al Hoceima. The city has about 100.000 inhabitants and it’s the second biggest port city in Northern Africa. Playa Quemado has historical importance too as this is the place where the General Sanjurjo first landed in 1925 before starting to build the city. The Spanish heritage today shows in the town having a Spanish international school.  
From a bird's perspective for you to see how beautiful this landscape is

Getting there:
Al Hoceima has its own international airport called Cherif Al Idrissi that welcomes visitors and those visiting back home all year long. Also, the city is quite close to Tangier, it only takes a few hours to get there by bus. Alternatively Nador the other big city in the region is also only around 3 hours away.

Accommodation:  If you look for a beach resort hotel then the brand new Mercure Quemado is the best choice for you. It has moderate prices and looks really great. The town also has plenty of motels and guest rooms for those who would like to get closer to Moroccan culture or who are on a budget.

Places to visit: Al Hoceima has some very unique miniature islands and peninsulas which are still owned by the Spanish as far as I’m concerned. One of them can be very well seen from the shores. I don’t think they can be visited though, unless you try to do it on your own. And of course all the rest of the beautiful beaches near the city are well worth visiting.

Al Hoceima Spanish Island
One mini island I was mentioning. There are peninsulas like this too.
An utterly unique sight. This island belongs to Span

I hope you liked this post. Please continue reading and comment, comment, comment. Ask me, make a remark and tell me if you have ever been to Al Hoceima or Morocco itself.

Check out my Pinterest on the Ten Most Beautiful Moroccan beaches for the pics I have there so far. It's continuously growing. 

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  1. outstanding work ! I couldn't doubt . all u said was true. your Moroccan friend Ahmed^^

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  2. Thank you very much I do my best :) Agadir is coming up soon Inshallah :)

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