Place de la Libération

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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.

The town's much-loved pedestrianised balcón (elevated platform) is one block north.

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2. Galerie Lafnar

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3. Music Conservatory

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4. Lookout

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5. Jean Genet’s Grave

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6. Ras R'mel Beach

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7. Lixus Ruins

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8. Rada Beach

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