The Balcony of the Atlantic is a popular spot for the locals for either enjoying the café’s and restaurants along the foreshore or for gathering in the evenings to enjoy the sun setting over the Atlantic. There are also some lovely Spanish styled homes along here. In part of the promenade is a pretty garden with columns.more
In the middle of this elliptical plaza is a small garden which has a fountain and the whole centerpiece is surrounded by palm trees. White buildings supporting café’s, restaurants and hotels are on the outer edge of the plaza. The Hotel Aberg Andalusia was actually the first to be built in this square.more
Larache’s ancient medina was built during the 15th century and is very much the old part of the city with the condensed housing and narrow lanes and steps. There are quite a few souks within the medina such as the Socco de la Alcaiceria or the cloth market. The more traditional handcrafts of Morocco are found in the medina. The main gate is Bab...more
There are a lot of cafes and restaurants around the Place de la Liberation and along the foreshore. Small snacks like Spanish churros which are donuts traditionally eaten for breakfast but available all day. The specialty of course are fish dishes as in fried or even paellas. There is definitely a choice of both traditional Moroccan and Spanish...more
Place de la Liberation (Liberty Square, former Plaza de Espagna, the name still used by locals) is a central point of Larache. There are arcades around the square with a few simple, local restaurants and coffee shops. It was nothing fancy but charming place to watch the people.Well, Larache is said to be a very good place to taste excellent food,...more
There were a few street stalls which offered exclusively a few kinds of figs, Morocco is famous for. Try (if you like) delicious Morrocan figs sold per kilograms. They are very sweet and warning: they should be washed exactly before eating and they made me thirsty, it's better to have something extra to drink.more
There were a few street stalls which offered exclusively a few kinds of dates, Morocco is famous for. Try (if you like) delicious Morrocan dates sold per kilograms. They are sweet and warning: they should be washed exactly before eating and they made me thirsty, it's better to have something extra to drink. 34-40DH (Dirhams) per kilogram at the...more
Walking around Larache, I saw many various local transportation means. Cars, mainly old French Peugeot and Renault, are too wide (and maybe too expensive to maintain) to be used in narrow streets of the medina. Thus there are many carts in use for transportation of goods sold in narrow streets of the medina. Keep in mind that local food feeding...more
Mentha tea is a national drink of Morocco. It's prepared from fresh mentha leaves poured with boiling water with big cubes of suger added. It's a very sweet drink.As alcohol/booze is forbidden by Muslim religion, mentha tea is sometimes called Moroccan vodka :-).Mentha leaves were sold from street stalls in Larache.more
There were no discos in town at the end of October 1998. Dificult to believe, the city was going to sleep immediately after darkness. So, the only place for nightlife for you is your hotel room there, at least in October :-). I met a group of young Brits who had been in Larache in summer a year before and they told me that Larache center/downtown...more
The natives didn't care about hygiene referring to food. The fruits and vegatables were sold exclusively by weight usually from paper large boxes. Sometimes they didn't look clean although they tasted delicious.So, better be careful if your stomach is sensitive :-). Mine wasn't, I ate almost everything and nothing bad happened to me.more
I saw a traditional "just married" drive around Larache. It's a very noicy tradition. I watched a few slowly driving cars with real orchestra going on foot behind the cars. People were singing and dancing. For me it was OK, very interesting to see but I heard that they do it at night as well.
Closing windows may not be enough if you want to sleep :-).
Unique Suggestions: No way - stoppers to the ears maybe usuful haha!
Fun Alternatives: Change accommodation if you live by "a marriage street".
Sun glasses, a hat or something to protect your head against the sun.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun protection cosmetics of well known companies are available but more expensive than in Europe (Spain), local ones are of lower quality.
Photo Equipment: Films for cameras (Kodak and Fuji) and for movie cameras (Video8, Hi8) available, usually a bit more expensive than in Europe (Spain).
Miscellaneous: Good travel books:
1. Lonely Planet Morocco (I had Polish and French one)
2. Michelin Maroc (I had Guide de Tourisme in French with the best city maps for driving visitors but... no map of Larache)
1. The Rough Guide to Morocco
2. Fodor's Morocco.
Just north of Larache is Lixus, and ancient site bearing some of the most important Carthaginian and Roman ruins in the country. They are slowly being excavated and less than half have been uncovered so far which include the ramparts, baths and sanctuaries. The site is thought to be where Hercules collected his apples. There is a bus you can catch...more
Look at another building/palace I found in Cite Nouvelle (New City). My walk along Boulevard Mohammed V was a very good choice although it was a bit hot around midday. There are a lot of beautiful, old and renovated, well-kept buildings there. This area of Larache was the cleanest and looked safe and relaxing.more
Another example of great architecture, Muslim that time, is the White Mosque at Mohammad V Avenue in Cite Nouvelle (New City). Notice unusual shape of the tallest minaret of Larache which is good orientation point. A typical North African minaret is square. It's a pity that all mosques are closed for non-muslims in Larache.more
Larache is an important fishing town where the industry plays an important role in the Province’s economy. There are some 82 fishing boats in the town and sardine fishing is very popular. There are also tourism boats which conduct fishing tours. A lot of the medina inhabitants are fishermen.
Ours was a lunch stop but instead of heading for the restaurant for an hour as the others did, I took to the pavement – or rather the rubble of a pavement at that time – and decided to see what Larache was all about. Again being female, blonde and alone, I did attract the usual curiosity.more