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Asilah Beaches, Asilah
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Asilah, Morocco


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Asilah is awash with tourist from June through September. And while many trek to the village for the annual arts festival, most are attracted by long swathes of sand beaches. Asilah is a favored beach destination for Moroccan families and foreign tourists. There are six beaches to choose from, each one distinctive. The main beach in Asilah sits just north of the medina and boasts a wide sweep of golden sand spanning 5 km. The beach is reachable by foot and safe for swimming. It is a favorite with families and beach soccer players. In August, however, it's both crowded and noisy. The northern beaches - Briech Beach and Playa de Tahadart - are accessible from the tarred road to Tangier and have a variety of tourist services including deckchairs, umbrellas and secure car parks. Both beaches boast simple restaurants serving seafood and tajine. Paddleboats can be rented at Playa de Tahadart, hence its nickname Playa de las Barcas. Briech is the best spot to watch the sunset. Playa de Tahadart has less surf than wide-open Briech. The southern beaches - Las Palomas and Sidi Mugaits - are untamed and significantly less crowded making the somewhat tortuous trek well worth the effort. Las Palomas, known as Playa de las Cuevas by the Spanish and Paradise Beach by the English, is a cliff-lined cove of virgin white sand. Beach shacks serving fish tajine and grilled sardines operate in the high season. Deckchairs and umbrellas are available for rent. Camel rides are often possible. Sidi Mugaits, also known as Playa del Santo, is the least frequented beach in Asilah. This 4.5km stretch of golden sand, with but one beach restaurant, is a great place to surf.
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