Must see attractions in Larache

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    Lixus Ruins

    Set on a hill with spectacular views over the Loukos Estuary, the Carthaginian and Roman ruins of Lixus are evocative reminders that settlements on this coast are among the oldest in the country. And while it lacks the grandeur of Volubilis – much of the ruins have been eroded by time and the elements – you’ll be able to wander without the crowds. And now there’s a contemporary visitor centre with a fascinating display charting what’s known of the site’s history.

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    Medina

    Entered through the Bab Al Khemis, an imposing Hispano-Moorish structure, Larache's blue-and-white medina has changed little over the years. Mostly residential, it's arranged around the Zoco de la Alcaiceria, a colonnaded marketplace, where fresh produce and household goods are sold from open-fronted stores, wooden carts or straight off the cobbles. To the north is a maze of narrow lanes leading to the ruined Saadian Fortress. South, up the hill, is the handsome Music Conservatory and a scenic lookout.

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    Place de la Libération

    Built by the Spanish, who called it Plaza de España (some locals still do), this grand oval-shaped plaza is the town's focal point. Decorated with palm trees and a fountain, it's encircled by handsome Hispano-Moorish buildings where terrace cafes are a favourite haunt for locals. On the eastern side, the magnificent, glaze-tiled Bab Al Khemis is the centrepiece of an arched walkway and leads to the medina’s marketplace.

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    Ras R'mel Beach

    Larache has a small rubbish-strewn strip of sand below the town, but the best beach is across the Loukos Estuary, an 11km drive from the town centre. In summer, small boats ferry passengers across the estuary, from where the beach is a short walk across the dunes. You'll need to bargain with the boatman to get the best price (around Dh10). At other times a petit taxi from the town centre will cost around Dh25.

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    Lookout

    With stunning views over the port and estuary, this lookout is a popular meeting spot. On the way you'll pass the crumbling 17th-century fortification Kasbah de la Cigogne, built by the Spaniards under Philip III, and the old town's landmark mosque (closed to non-Muslims).

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    Galerie Lafnar

    In an interesting old funduq (ancient inn used by caravans), this art gallery sells work by local artists, as well as staging occasional exhibitions. Just off the Zoco de la Alcaiceria in the heart of the medina.

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    Music Conservatory

    A wonderful example of Hispano-Moorish architecture, the town's crenellated music conservatory features ornately decorated balconies, zellige (colourful mosaic tilework) and a minaret-style clock tower. It is normally closed to the public but the guardian may let you inside for a quick peek.

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    Jean Genet’s Grave

    French literature buffs mays want to head to the old Spanish cemetery, the final resting place of Jean Genet (1910–86). If the gate is locked, ring the bell for the caretaker. A small tip is expected for showing you to the grave.