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Larache, Morocco

 
The coastal town of Larache is the antithesis of Asilah. The whitewashed medina is in need of a paint job. The Qebitat, a 16th century Portuguese fort, is crumbling. The shops are short on souvenirs. Reaching Larache is somewhat complicated. So why take the kids? Larache is a laid-back port city. - There are hardly any hustlers and few foreign tourists. - The Moorish medina, while not comparable with the grand old quarters of the imperial cities, is experiencing a renaissance. The salt flats on the north side of Larache are great place to watch birds. The port-side fish market is an evocative ... Read Moreattraction. - Take in a fish auction. Eat grilled sardines. - The ancient settlement of Lixus is but 5 km from the city center. White sand beaches stretch from the Loukkos River. What's more, a family trip to Larache affords an authentic cultural experience.
Larache, Morocco

Larache, Morocco

Alfredo De Simone

Woman in Larache

Woman in Larache

Alfredo De Simone

Artisan, Larache

Artisan, Larache

Alfredo De Simone

Zoco de la Alcaiceria

Zoco de la Alcaiceria

Alfredo De Simone

 
History & Culture
 
The sleepy town of Larache has been many things throughout history. The ancient site, known as Lixus, was an important trade center from around 1000 B.C. to 100 A.D. It was settled by Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. Larache proper was founded around the year 800. It was an important port city for roughly six centuries. Larache was a shipyard for the Corsairs in the 15th century. It was a hideout for Barbary pirates. The medina was built during this period. Larache was occupied by the Portuguese in 16th century. In 1578, the Portuguese fled Morocco through this port city. Larache was taken by the Spanish in 1610 and lost to the Sultan in 1689. It was the principal port of Spanish Morocco from 1610 to 1689 and again from 1912 to 1956. Today, Larache is an important agricultural and fishing center.
History of North Africa
LookLex Encyclopedia
Wikipedia
Brittanica
Maps
 
Online maps are a great travel planning resource and a great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Map the imperial cities - Marrakesh, Fez, Meknes and Rabat - as well as Berber villages, desert oasis and mountain ranges. Use online maps to pinpoint your family travel destination and get a lay of the land.
Books
 
Books are a great way to introduce young children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. We've compiled a list of books about Morocco and books by Moroccan authors for children of various ages and with varying interests. What better why to begin a journey that a trip through literature?
Books about Morocco
Kidscantravel.com Reading List
Music & Sound
 
Moroccan music is a web of rhythm and sound. And it comes in a variety of forms. Arab-Andalusian music, a classical tradition imported from Muslim Spain, combines rhythm, vocals and instrumentals in complicated musical structure called nawbat or harmonic modes. Berber music, played at weddings, festivals and tribal gatherings, are poems and tales told through song. Moroccan popular music is rooted in Arabic style but influenced by African, Western and all forms of Moroccan music.
Moroccan Music
Moroccan Gateway
News
 
Read Moroccan newspapers online and, in addition to brushing up on Moroccan current events, find out what's happening from Casablanca to Tamegroute and discover what Moroccans are reading about.
Moroccan News in English & French
Al-Bab
Maroc Hebdo
Kids' Stuff
 
Online resources make learning lots of fun. Learn about Ibn Battuta, an explorer from Tangier, and take a virtual tour with this 14th century traveler. Map the routes followed by Ibn Battuta and Marco Polo and compare the two. View images of daily life and discover the Moroccan culture. Get fun facts about Morocco. Test your knowledge before you depart and again when you return. Print the information you find fascinating and take it with you on your family trip. Explain your findings to your family members and use the things you learn to make your travel journal really cool.
Travels of Ibn Battuta
Horace Mann Academic Middle School
Ibn Battuta & Marco Polo Mapped
W.W. Norton & Company
Moroccan Images
The Geo-Images Project
Morocco Facts
Academic Kids
Organizations
 
Associations and non-profit organizations are a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Find out more about a few of the organizations working to preserve the Amazigh Berber culture as well as those working to conserve Morocco's national treasures.
List of Amazigh Associations
Amazigh-Voice.com
World Heritage Sites
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
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