Moroccan cities: Larache

In the series with Moroccan cities today we focus the spotlight on Larache.

Larache is a harbour town in the region Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima in northern Morocco. The city has a large historic history what is still good to see back to the Spanish and Andalusian architecture. The old part has a typical Moorish style, while the new part special Andalusian construction works. The port city had a population of 125,008 in 2014.

Larache was most likely originally founded by the Banu Arous-tribe, who in 1471 from the city was driven out by Portuguese settlers from Asilah and Tangier were traveled. The settlement was abandoned for a time, until the first sultan of the Saadi dynasty came to rule over Morocco, Mohammed ash-Sheikh. He built a fort on the plateau overlooking the river Loukos, with the intention to control the access to the river. This strategy was successful, because invasion attempts by the Portuguese and French were repelled, until in 1610 the city came under the control of the Spaniards that the port city used primarily as trade stop.

Besieged in 1689 a large Moroccan army led by Moulay Ismail, Larache that lasted three months before the defenders away from the power names. Larache later became a haven for pirates, in 1829 it became so bombarded by the Austrians. Due to the colonisation era Spain occupied the town of Larache in 1911, this lasted 45 years until 1956.

Lixus is a village in an old city just north of Larache on the Bank of the Loukkos River. This famous tourist spot is rich in history and dates back to ancient times. It used to be an old Roman town, there are excavated ruins of Roman houses, bath houses, temples, city walls, mosaic floors and an amphitheatre. You can get the ruins and thus a better picture about the history of this region. The ruins of Lixus a Unesco World Heritage site.

The Pointe Nador-Lighthouse is a particular monument that was built in the year 1919. The beacon that is at the top of the lighthouse, visible to anyone who is about 26 miles away. If you the building at first glance, you would by the architecture did not think it a lighthouse is, it seems rather on a mosque. Nice to go there walking and the separate architecture tour.

Afnar Gallery is worth a visit if you like art and culture. The Gallery has a comprehensive photo collection with different artistic shots. Apart from that, you can also find other works of art created by local artists.

The art gallery also organizes occasional exhibitions of work by local and international artists. The building is located just outside the Zoco de la Alcaiceria in the heart of the medina.

There are several beaches in Larache. The best beaches are, however, about seven kilometres north of the river mouth of Loukus. On the beach are various sports activities, can also be surfed in the sea. There are also luxury yachts for rent and there is a golf course.

The medina of Larache dates back to the 15th century and consists of a maze of narrow streets and alleys with souks where there is something for everyone.

In the more modern part of the city is the ' Avenue Mohamed V ' and other areas. These are more modern Spanish neighborhoods that with their whitewashed walls and blue doors a Andalusian character.

This Fort has sultan Ahmad I al-Mansur Saadi dynasty at the end of the 16th century, after the reconquest of the city on the Portuguese. The Stork Fort is located near the Avenue Mohammed V. the well-preserved fort also has a park, the Hesperides garden. Many visitors come here during the summer months to the shade.

The old Spanish prison has now been converted into an archaeological museum. If you are an art lover, it is well worth a visit. The museum presents exhibits many objects that were found in the Phoenician and Roman site of Lixus. At the building you have a beautiful panorama on the Loukkos River and the hills of Lixus.

-The Loukkos River flows from the RIF mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, it is one of the most important rivers in Morocco. It's a fun place to take pictures with the River as a backdrop.

Larache has a Mediterranean climate with heavier rainfall. Summers are moderately warm and sunny and the winters are wet and cool.

Are you looking for an active vacation than the winter months are ideal. Would you like a Sun, sea and beach holiday? Then the summer months here suitable for.

Larache does not have an airport or train station, however, it did a bus network and there are taxis. There are also plenty of opportunities to rent a car.

Morocco has so much beauty and features beautiful spots, more on this next week in the next city!

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