Asilah has long had a reputation as a city of the arts. It all started in 1978 when several Moroccan artists were invited to hold workshops for local children and to paint some walls in the medina as part of the town’s moussem (saint’s day festival). Sadly, there's not much of artistic note happening here these days.
Asilah’s main beach stretches north from town. It’s a wide sweep of golden sand, but the ugly and noisy cafes along its length and the ever-present mounds of rubbish on the sand make it less than appealing. Paradise Beach at Rmilate, 7km south of town, is a much better choice for swimmers. Sidi Mghayet, approximately 13km further south, is a popular surf beach and nearby Rada Beach has a popular beach cafe.