Moroccan cities: Asilah

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

Asilah is a city in northern Morocco. The city is best known for its buildings with Mediterranean influences and is known as the "white town", because of the white painted cottages with blue accents on the walls and doors. The houses are decorated with paintings subscribe to the reputation of the town as a gathering place for artists.

Asilah is also known as fishing town. The beautiful, picturesque port of Asilah still packs plenty of fishermen. Fishing is an important source of income for the residents. The Spanish influences mixed with Moroccan traditions are still clearly visible in Asilah that formerly was part of Spanish Morocco. The city had 31,147 inhabitants in 2014.

Asilah town has been under Portuguese administration. The city was used by the Phoenicians as a trading post, but was later conquered by the Portuguese in the fifteenth century. In 1549 had John III Asilah town abandoned and left in the middle of an economic crisis, it was then taken over by Moulay Ismail in the year 1692. Asilah Morocco by Spain became part of the colonized in 1912 to 1956, hereinafter referred to as Morocco became independent.

Asilah has its own small beach. If you rest, you can as an alternative to busier beach near the old medina, and applicable to the beautiful Paradise Beach. Visitors can enjoy soft sand and a calm atmosphere. The beach is vast, you can sunbathe in the summer, active snake or take a ride on a camel.

The excellent seaside location is complemented by a beautiful promenade and beautiful, simple streets in the city. Asilah's location, size and location make it perfect for cyclists to ride a bike. Most of the local hotels offer bicycle rental and some cycling. Do you like cycling? Then go explore the city by bike, and make knowledge with this small city at your own pace.

The paintings that the whitewashed walls of the old part of the city filling, are one of the main attractions of the city and attract art lovers throughout the year. Visitors can admire the various murals or gallery visit for more art. Asilah also has several art studios and exhibition spaces. Because of all of this is Asilah an ideal city if you like art and culture.

The medina of Asilah is surrounded by stone fortifications that were built by the Portuguese in the 15th century, when the Portuguese was under the control of Asilah. Since that time, this city walls and even partly renovated, they form the old part of Asilah and let some of the history.

The walls of the old medina have two piers that extend into the ocean. The bastion in the South-western part is the best place to get the best views of the ocean, especially at sunset.

Shopping at the souk is fun to do on any day, but especially on Thursday as the market day. In contrast to the often crowded markets in big cities you can walk around here almost peaceful in this varied and enchanting stalls selling anything and everything is for sale.

Asilah has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. In the winter the temperatures rarely rise above 20 ° c, also it rains there regularly. In the summer the temperatures easily reach 30 ° c or above but extremely high temperatures there are rare.

Summer and winter are basically both an ideal time to get to know the city because the temperatures pleasant. 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 more suitable for.

Asilah does not have an airport, the nearest airport is in Tangier, though it has a train station, 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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