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Asilah Beaches, Asilah
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Asilah 22000
Morocco
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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.
Getting There
 
The main beach in Asilah starts just north of the medina. It is accessible by foot and flanked by hotels and campgrounds. Briech Beach and Playa de Tahadart are accessible from the N1, direction Tangier. Briech sits 6 km north of Asilah, Tahadart is 5km further on. Both have secure car parks; there is no public transport to either. Las Palomas is situated 5 km south of Asilah. The unpaved road is somewhat slow going. Use secure car parks only. Horse-drawn carriages ply the track in summer. The return trip is 200dh. The coastal footpath is roughly 1 hour one way. The hike is unexciting and fraught with sewage. Sidi Mugaits is 10 km south of Asilah. The trip is roughly 30 minutes. The only way to reach this beach is by private car or petit taxi.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Beach bars don't have potable water thus it's best to avoid uncooked food. While western women aren't required to cover up, skimpy bikinis and topless sunbathing may draw unwanted attention.
 
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