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  • The Medina (Asilah, Morocco)
    The Medina (Asilah, Morocco)
    by Redang
  • The Medina (Asilah, Morocco)
    The Medina (Asilah, Morocco)
    by Redang
  • KIDDY JUMPER :-)
    KIDDY JUMPER :-)
    by matcrazy1

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  • BAck Alleys of the Medina

    by offthegrid Written Mar 2, 2011

    Favorite thing: Used to live there many years ago... always be careful of the "guides"!! Miss the weekly souk and countryside ladies' cheese, breads and other wonderful foods.

    Fondest memory: Riding a horse 10km down the beach at low tide... magical!!

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    The Weather in Asilah

    by Redang Written Apr 16, 2008

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    The Medina (Asilah, Morocco)

    Favorite thing: Check the weather in Tangier, it's very close:
    - www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/MOXX0008
    - weather.yahoo.com/forecast/MOXX0008.html

    How to transform from Fahrenheit to Celsius? Deduct 32, divide by 9 and multiply by 5.

    Example: 85 Fahrenheit, minus 32 = 53, divided by 9 = 5,89 by 5 = 29,4 Celsius.

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    Town Beach

    by kit_mc Updated Nov 21, 2006

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    Asilah Beachfront

    Favorite thing: One of the things that no doubt attracts people to Asilah is the fact that you've the Atlantic Coast on your doorstep, with sandy beaches. The beaches closest to town are not necessarily that great, even quite grassy in some bits.

    The beaches further south are said to be nicer, although I'm guessing that Asilah gets very busy in summer so you're unlikely to be the only person on the beach in town or elsewhere. In November though, it was just us and some sheep on the beach. Certainly the first time I've seen a shepherd with his flock taking a seafront walk!

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    Place Mohammad V

    by kit_mc Updated Nov 21, 2006

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    Place Mohammad V

    Favorite thing: This large newly renovated square is at the heart of the Ville Nouvelle. There are a few popular cafes, mainly inhabited by men, but I did see the occasional Moroccan woman even sitting there drinking coffee alone, which suggests they are fairly hassle free.

    The trees here all look a little bit sad I thought and give the square a bit of a windswept lonely quality in the winter. I imagine in the summer, with the tourist hoardes, Moroccan and foreign alike, this gets to be quite the centre of people watching.

    On the edges of this square too you'll also find two or three banks with ATMs. The square has a series of rather posh looking kiosks, one of which was open until fairly late, so a useful place to get a bag of crisps, chocolate or cigarettes for your midnight snack.

    From here it's about a three minute walk to either the Medina or the beachfront.

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    Church of St Bartolme

    by kit_mc Written Nov 21, 2006

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    St Bartolme Church

    Favorite thing: Another reminder of the previous Iberian influences is the Church of St Bartolme in the Ville Nouvelle on Ave de la Liberte.

    This was one of the few churches that I saw in Morocco, it's in good condition on the exterior but unfortunately I didn't get to look inside.

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    Mad as a Hatter

    by kit_mc Written Nov 21, 2006

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    Asilah Character
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    Favorite thing: At the entrance to the Lookout post, this guy was doing some major grooving. Banging away with small cymbals or something that made a racket, once he saw us two foreign tourists he really went for it. For once I gave into my tourist sould and snapped a few shots, seeing as he was making such an effort, jumping up and down and grinning madly.

    I have him a few dhiram, and then went to take a look at the coastal views, and when we turned to go he was off again. Another smile and a few more dhiram...

    The other thing I liked about this was also the mural on the wall, but unfortunately I couldn't get a shot without the dancing maniac!

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    Bab Kasaba and Rue Kassabah

    by kit_mc Written Nov 21, 2006

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    Rue Kassabah, Asilah

    Favorite thing: The main northern entrance to the Medina is the one that I suspect most people are likely to take. If you've been to other Medina's such as Fes, then you'll be immediately struck by how clean this area is, with whitewashed buildings and streets wide enough for cars to drive down.

    The largest street is the one at the Bab Kasaba entrance, Rue Kassabah. On this street is the Hassan II Cultural Centre, which apparently has an art gallery and various events during the year. Unfortunately while I was in Asilah the centre appeared closed, so perhaps it's not open all year round.

    Keep on walking to the end of this street deeper into the Medina and you'll see the large Place Abdellah Guennoun and the El Kamra Tower.

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    El Kamra Tower

    by kit_mc Written Nov 21, 2006

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    El Kamra

    Favorite thing: In my opinion, there aren't really that many 'sights' in Asilah, apart from the whitewashed streets of the Medina area. The main benefit of the town is that its small, clean and fairly hassle free.

    One of the things to tick of the list of sights in the Medina is the El Kamra Tower, which you're unlikely to miss. Built by the Portuguese as part of the fortifications it's one of the tallest buildings in the Medina. It's on the right hand side in the main square Place Abdellah Guennoun, all whitewashed and newly renovated.

    While I was here in November 2006, there didn't appear to be any access for the public, although during Asilah's annual cultural festival there are displays in a gallery space inside.

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    Portuguese reminders

    by kit_mc Updated Nov 21, 2006

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    Bab Homar

    Favorite thing: Asilah became springboard for Portuguese attacks on Muslim Morocco and the 15th century fortifications are a reminder of the Portuguese presence, including this rather crumbly coat of arms over the Bab Homar entrance to the Medina at the end of Ave Hassan II.

    Eventually the Portuguese overstretched themselves and lost control of Asilah, resulting in the town passing back and forth between Morocco and Spain.

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    Sea and Medina Views

    by kit_mc Written Nov 21, 2006

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    Asilah Lookout

    Favorite thing: The lookout at the southern end of the Medina gives a view up the coast and of the exterior of the Medina wall with it's old Portuguese fortifications.

    It also gives you a direct view into the Mujaheddin Graveyard, with its pretty tilework, which non-Muslims are not allowed into.

    Tourists and locals come out here to catch a breath of fresh air for a few moments. The actually walkway isn't too wide, so it can feel like a bit of a balancing act, especially if your not to keen on heights with the sudden drop to the sea on either side...

    Just follow the sea wall of the Medina and you'll eventually reach here. This is also a nice safe place to watch the sun set on your day.

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    Kids of Asilah

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 6, 2005

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    KIDDY JUMPER :-)

    Favorite thing: The only activity I could recommend is to take 2-3 hours walk around Asilah.

    Fondest memory: At the Atlantic coast of the medina, I met a lot of kids, teenagers at age of, say 10 - 14 years old, mostly boys. They were very interested in us, strange foreign tourists for them. They surrounded us and said "hello", "bounjour" or "Ca va?" and wanted to speak with us in French. Hmm... noone of them knew English and my French was very basic. After kids of Tangier, I was surpriced that the kids didn't cry/beg for money, a cigarette, a pen or any other gift. They were rather more interested in my camera.

    Well, the only one older boy (on my picture) wanted to guide us around the medina and repeated NO MONEY but I refused. Then he wanted to jump to the water from the ramparts, for some money, I guess. When I said firmly NOT, he simply stopped to harass and went away a bit... to jump to the ocean. Other kids followed him and I could see tenths of jumps into the ocean for free.

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    Camel Ride

    by jujub Updated Jul 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I had to ride a camel -- just had to. It is totally different than riding a horse!! It is much taller, and to get off of it, you have to wait until it "kneels" on its front legs, which will thrust you forward, then, kneel on its back legs -- then you can safely dismount it. It was interesting -- i need to do this again, hopefully next time it will be in the middle of the desert!~

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    General Info

    by Redang Written Apr 16, 2008

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    The Medina (Asilah, Morocco)

    Favorite thing: Some websites:
    - www.assilah.com
    - www.tourismetangertetouan.com
    - www.estrechodegibraltar.com/arcila.htm

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