Welcome to Al Hoceima
Founded by the Spanish as Villa Sanjuro, the town was built as a garrison after the Rif Wars in the early 20th century; rebel Abd Al Krim operated nearby. Independence brought the name change to Al Hoceima, but Spanish influence remains strong in language, architecture and business.
In recent years a lot of money has been ploughed into the town, particularly into its booming tourism industry. The wide Place Mohammed VI has fountains and a sweeping corniche following the coast and forms a natural centre to the town. The nearby Al Hoceima National Park has been carefully opened to rural tourism – an opportunity not to be missed.