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The Asilah Cultural Festival

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The Walls Of Its Streets Into Art

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“It is a great place for a holiday with your family and loved ones. You learn a lot about the culture and the special delicacies of the locals. “

– Hasnah Bishara

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“The people are so welcoming and warm that I have to plan another trip to explore the places that I could no visit this time. I cannot wait to come back. “

– Saif Maalouf

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Top Things to Indulge in Asilah

A bolstered littoral town on the northwest of the enigmatic and alluring Morocco. Asilah is the magic bullet for this having a penchant for the harmonious blend of Spain and Moroccan tradition.

This town, event hall embellished with exhilarating pieces of art, can be explored by foot in the short span of a day; however, this compact size does not trivialize the charm and magnificence of this town.

Admire the artwork

The white-washed walls that are garnished with the painting all over are, in fact, the centre of all attractions. These artworks change every year, and each tourist can stroll across the lane admiring each piece of art, losing his track at the watch.

In contrast to the orthodox black or brown coloured medina walls, these mural finished walls add up to the unorthodoxy and innovation of the site.

Bike rides along the Promenade

Bike rides along the Promenade

The sweet promenade and exquisite streets complimenting the prime seaside location is a sight to behold. It would be best if you weren’t taken aback by the bike ride facilities offered but the local hotels, considering the delectable layout, situation, and architecture of Asilah.

Asilah festival

Every year, the arts festival enlivens each corner of the street into entertaining centres with the arrival of artists across the globe. Artists are then given the opportunity to lighten up those walls with their piece of art. While tourists around the world can satiate their senses throughout the year, a visit to the festival is a must.

Shop in the Little Souk

Shopping at the marvel Souk is a fashion on any day, but Thursdays turn out to be the market day. You can never underestimate the faculties in this small town. You may get anything ranging from souvenirs, textiles to instruments.

A silent wander across those streets would ensure a sure bargain at the local art stores where the artist would be busily trying to engage you into his business.

The Ramparts

The numerous parapets were fashioned in the 15th century when Asilah was a Portuguese colony. These city walls have undergone revamping and hence testifies to its present exemplary condition. This is one crucial facet that provides the ethos of the antediluvian Asilah and thereby conferring character and history to an already enigmatic town.

Encompassing the old medina, there are ramparts with two piers, the southern one is accessible for the public and bestows a splendid sunset view.

Paradise Beach

Asilah has an exclusive and enchanting beach. If you want to relish in tranquility and escape the bustling beach at the ancient medina, Paradise Beach is your magic bullet. This beach is also less rocky and enables visitors to roister in the soft textured sand and a serene ambiance.

This seclusion is ideal for those souls who love a private and peaceful haven. To furnish that complete seaside escapade relish a cup of Spanish chiringuito and a traditional camel ride.

 

A Novel International Haven for Art Lovers

The embattled fishing village of Asilah, a Spanish colony situated 25 miles from the coast of Tangier, often goes unnoticed and clandestine in the guidebooks.

This may be the exact reason why the cobalt blue-tinted window chassis, emerald crafted doors, fruit stalls selling delectable orange juice, and donkey-hauled carts rattling down the sun-speckled aisle yet feels so blessedly detached from Morocco’s tourist-deluged cities.

This is another facet that has lured artists and curious tourists to populate the town of around 29,000 people and revolutionise it into a cultural haven.

The Cultural Festival

The Cultural Festival

Without dismantling its tranquil pace and traditional way of life, this small littoral town near Tangier has evolved into a destination for art-world insiders by the famous festival of culture being held here.

Asilah’s metamorphosis can be traced back to 1978, when two companions – Mohamed Benaissa, a photographer and politician, and Mohammed Melehi, an artist and curator – welcomed artists to paint murals on the medina’s blistering walls.

This creative thought soon engendered the International Cultural Moussem of Asilah. This was a summer festival with concerts, poetry readings, design lectures, and most significant facet were artists who travelled from across the globe to clothe the whitewashed city with vibrant and colourful graffiti.

This festival occurs every year in August and now attracts a dynamic crowd of 100,000 people, transforming the town into a zestful open-air museum and fashioning a street scene that is scenic and striking to an extent capable of outshining Morocco’s stunning blue city of Chefchaouen.

The Museum

The Museum

Dar-el-Makhzen in Tangier was formerly the city’s royal palace. It does not seem astounding that this magnificent and marvellous building features multifarious ornamentation and exhibits exquisite architectural craftsmanship.

There exist two independent museums within the complex: The Museum of Antiquities and the Museum of Moroccan Arts. The former comprises a melange of antiquities and relics unearthed around Morocco.

These collections date from prehistoric to medieval ages. At the same time, the Museum of Moroccan Arts prides itself on a massive selection of artworks, with pieces collected from various parts of the nation. The displays are exhibited in the former royal bedrooms.

Other Attractions

However, Asilah’s appeal traverse beyond the festival and museum. There are multiple sublime beaches at the edge of the village’s fifteenth-century bulwarks, and in the souk discovered inside the Andalusian-style medina, encompassed by the exuberance of vendors selling Berber rugs, vintage textiles, and hand-painted furniture.

You would probably get lost in the astounding relics – from carpets to Tamegroute ceramics at Bazar Atlas, scavenging for antiques and portraits at Alkamra, to the colourful and vivid silk slippers.

Because of Asilah’s proximity to Spain, the cuisine is also influenced by their penchant for Spain. The cuisine is Ibero-Moroccan, which portrays traditional seafood restaurants serving Spanish dishes like paella and tapas along with Moroccan tagines and couscous – the perfect blend.

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