Know what to see, what to visit and what to do when you travel to Asilah

Asilah, pearl of the Atlantic, salutes us quietly, imprisoned within the Portuguese walls that one day surrounded her. City of poets and painters, it takes to gala to have been the cradle of Raissuli, hero or villain according to who it evokes it. Scourged by the sea, Asilah is a watercolor at dusk, when they gather their people to bid farewell to the day from the fortified lookout, with the promise that a radiant dawn will announce the new day.

Information about Asilah

ASILAH MARRUECOSAsilah welcomes with great kindness and enthusiasm the tourism that is lost in its streets and in its small kasbah and that knows to enjoy the good seafood and fresh fish at very good prices. Although it is a small town, its history has been very hectic and disproportionate for the size of the city. Its medina, easily manageable for the tourists, is extremely clean and cared for, is surrounded by walls flanked by palm trees. It is one of the most attractive medinas in the country.

Strolling through its streets painted white, indigo blue and emerald green is a sensation that must be experienced.

The language is not a problem since Asilah was Spanish until 1956, so it will be very easy to communicate in Spanish.

It has more than 60 km of sandy unspoiled beaches of the Atlantic coast, have crystal clear waters. There are no crowds and they are the ideal place to enjoy with family or friends.

The beaches of Asilah also captivate the children, there are camels and they love to walk on them, the hotel swimming pool, the fairgrounds attractions .... It is the ideal place to relax and forget the stress. The sunsets at the sea are unparalleled.

What to do

ASILAH MARRUECOSDisconnect from the world, turn off your mobile and live the experience. Nothing happens to have the cell phone three days off, discover another culture and enjoy the fabulous human landscape that you will see around you. Feel the atmosphere of the medina. Drink mint tea or natural orange juice on any terrace of its many cafes and beach bars. Contemplate the sunset from the viewpoint, stroll through the souk of vegetables, fruits and spices, savor fresh fish and seafood at a good price in any restaurant.

Try a hammam with massage in El Manar.

El Manar, in the middle of Hassan II Avenue on the left. It is a new street and has no name. 10 dh the bathroom and 25 dh the massage. Hamed speaks Spanish. But there are also Hamid and Abdesalam the masseuse. It is open all day for men and for women. Of course you each by your side.


You enter, you change in the dressing room, first you go towards the last room, that is the one of more steam. There you can sit and lie on the floor for about ten minutes throwing hot water buckets. Then you go to the previous room and there is where you soothe and rub your skin with pumice stone. Finally, if you want a massage, you will receive it in the first room that is the coldest.

Enjoy a wonderful day at the beach of the caves, you can go by taxi or car with donkeys.

Cool off in the hotel pool. Haggle buying crafts at a good price. Contemplate the nocturnal transfer of people who are created at sunset at the time of the walk.

The beach of the caves, paradise or pigeons, is the most beautiful and quiet of Asilah. There, in the summer months, there are numerous small shop  where you can Rent a lounger and umbrella for fifty dirhams and make the day great.  To the beach you can arrive by taxi or horse-drawn carriage,   the price is the same 200 dirhams back and forth and always paid at the end of the day (for what you can spend).

We love to go to the pearl of the Atlantic Pearl, which is run by Said Haddaoui, a great honest and hardworking person. There you can eat a tajine or sardines, or the fresh products that you bring from the market. You can tell him from day to day what you want and they will look for you the best that has come that day.


If you go in season, do not forget to visit this beach, you will surely love it. If you want to know more, click  here.

The market of Asilah, is in the shadow of the eucalyptus of the Avenue of Hassan II, and in it flows a river of people. With its backdrop of the walls, it is the place where it is traded with fruits, vegetables, spices, cereals and infinity of products of the field. It is a meeting point for the locals and for outsiders who want to live the tumultuous Arab world.

Church of San Bartolomé Built by a Franciscan priest from Galicia. It consists of a cold and spacious ship interior Spanish colonial style. The chapel of the nuns is Moorish style, with prayers common to Islam and Christianity written in Arabic. It is one of the few churches in Morocco that is allowed to ring the bell to announce the 11:00 am Mass. Of Sundays.

The old city and its walls: ordered to build by Alfonso V of Portugal, the walls surround the whole old city. They have three doors that give access to the medina: Bab Homar, the Door of Earth where you can see the Portuguese canons that identified their kings. The Gate of the Sea, also called Bab el Bahar. Silence and stillness reign in this part of the city while women walk in the streets with large baskets on their heads, men with live chickens and some women wearing big straw hats. Finally there is the Kasbah Gate, the white houses with the doors painted with indigo blue and emerald green look like the work of some mischievous children.

Raisouli Palace, also called Palace of Culture, offers the interest of having been built by a picturesque character in 1906. It is in perfect state of preservation and although previously visited now it is used only for the intercultural festivals of August of Asilah. Mulay Ahmed er Raissouli began his career at the end of the nineteenth as a bandit of the Rif mountains, but soon became a murderer of such caliber that he had frightened the entire population of Tangier and Tetouan. Asilah's Pasha was autonomous, but in 1899, when he was 23 years old, he was arrested by the Sultan and sent to Khartoum. Once released he returned to commit crime and steal. His best business was the abduction of Westerners. Escorted by his band was dedicated to the extortion of personalities of the time. In return for his promise of good conduct, he was appointed governor of Tangier, but his behavior was far from being his own. That is why the European powers forced the Moroccan government to capture it, but failed. Spain, during the time of the protectorate, tried to use Er Raissouli to keep rifeñas at bay. Madrid invested a lot of money and military in the attempt, but it was in vain and continued to use its arms against the Spanish causing them severe defeats. He died in April of 1925 of natural death.

Had Gharbia: Sunday market, located 14 km. Of Asilah. Direction Tangier past the Khaima Hotel and the bridge take the junction to the right. In the main square of the village there is a café with a large terrace where you can refresh yourself with a tea and if you ask the waiter for Ilias you can taste the aromas of the kiff. Campero market where you can buy fruit, vegetables, spices, jenna and local crafts.

Tnine Sidi El Yamani: Monday souk, located 25 km. Of Asilah. Direction Larache about 10 km. You come to a junction where the motorway starts, leave it to the right and take the left turn to Tetuan. 2 km. Just past the gas station, turn left; You climb a slope of ~ 3 km. And you arrive at the souk of Tnine

Market where you can find everything from handicrafts to fruit, but specialized in animals (cows, goats, donkeys, horses, camels, etc.)

Asilah: Market on Thursdays, located next to the old soccer field next to the general Tánger-Rabat road. Curious to see why people from the interior come to sell their products.

muralla-medina-380From Phoenician origin, Asilah's earliest historical sources are the founding of the city by Arab conquerors towards the 9th century, alongside a reef cove near the ancient city of Zilil, from which it derives its name.

During the Middle Ages and the modern age has had a very hectic history linked to that of Tangier.
He suffered twice Norman incursions in the middle of the ninth century, to plunder his cereal riches.

Asilah It was rebuilt by caliph Omeya Al-Hakem II, who built a wall to protect it from possible attacks. He also built a five-nave mosque.

He had a peaceful life in the twelfth century, as he opened to trade with the West and experienced a certain prosperity.

Cañon en Asilah

The wattasíes had in her one of its main points of support in the fight by the power.
In 1471 it was taken by the Portuguese and remained under its power until 1550. It was they who rebuilt the walls, fortified them with solid towers and built a high tower that served as a watchtower.

The garrisons entrenched in this fortress suffered innumerable harassment on the part of the wattasíes and the prince of Xauen, Mulay Brahim.

Released in 1550, it was again occupied by King Sebastian of Portugal in 1577, in reward for its alliance with the Saadian prince Mohamed al-Masluj.

Asilah was restored to the king Saadí in 1589, and soon was recovered by Spain, that retained little time until century XVII; Shortly after it was taken to the assault by Mulay Ismail in 1691. It was repopulated by people of the Rif that constructed in her two other mosques, a madraza and baths. Since then he lives a modest existence.

In 1906 it fell to Mulay Ali Ibn Raissouli, who became its pasha, and was later occupied by the Spaniards from 1912 to 1956 when the kingdom of Morocco was proclaimed.

Home García

  • 51, Rue Moulay Hassan Ben El Mehdi. Tel: 039417465
  • Family restaurant with outdoor terrace, indoor dining and abundant supply of fresh seafood from the coast and good value for money fried fish. It has the widest wine list at very affordable prices. Order the starred potatoes, stuffed with prawns with seafood sauce. Exquisite. These dishes are not on the menu, but they are very rich and you have to try them. The crab prepared is also very rich and full of coral. It is two minutes walk from the Hotel Zelis and full boardwalk. You can not leave Asilah without visiting it, eye is the most cary of Asilah.

Home Pepe

  • 8, Plaza Zelaka. Tel: 039417395
  • The most famous of Asilah, run by Pepe de Almería, is located in front of the wall and in the heart of the city where you can taste a wide variety of fish grilled or fried, of an indisputable freshness. It has on the first floor a dining room especially suitable for large groups. It is recommended to reserve a table at weekends. It is one of the few places to eat angulas, crabs, barnacles and other seafood always with an excellent quality.

The Espigón

  • Av. Moulay Hassan Ben El Mehdi. Tel: 039417157 / 039418839.
  • Cherif Mohamed Alaoui El Mrani
  • In our opinion another one of the best. Exquisite Moroccan atmosphere. Ingredients of the highest quality. Among the appetizers in the house you are offered a salad of tomatoes and roasted peppers, deliciously seasoned with oil and a cilantro point. The chairs are a little high and we are short legs hang, but it is very comfortable and the service is very fast and friendly.  It is located halfway down the avenue and is one of the best known places to eat.

More informal, and also cheaper with Casa Jimny with the best pinchitos of the city, next to the Hotel Zelis and Al kasaaba in the wall.

 The Arabic

  • 14, Rue Al Okuhammed.
  • Very curious and with a great intellectual environment and Moroccan 100%

On Av. Hassan II, next to the wall there are numerous restaurants with terraces. The locals go to Assada a lot, this is always a good sign. There is also Yali restaurant, very good price and very good food. Ask for Mohammed. The young waiter, nice people and helpful as anyone. The food is very good and the prices are very affordable

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