Top ChoiceArea in Chefchaouen

Medina

Medina

Winding alleyways, cute doorways and charming plazas all in many shades of blue – this is what has attracted millions to this tiny village in the Rif Mountains, and there's no sign tourism will let up. Despite...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Tetouan

Royal Artisan School

Just outside Bab El Okla is the best artisan centre in northern Morocco. This is a fascinating opportunity to see masters teaching apprentices traditional arts, including ornamental woodwork, silk costumes,...

Top ChoiceArea in Tetouan

Medina

Tetouan's medina is an authentic time machine, with buildings that have witnessed centuries of history. The medina is also very traveller-friendly, with moped-free lanes, few street hustlers, amiable residents...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Tetouan

Tetouan Museum of Modern Art

Tetouan boasts one of only two schools of fine arts in Morocco (Casablanca has the other), so it's fitting that this museum should live here. The building itself is worth a visit: a magnificent...

Bridge in Akchour

God's Bridge

About 45 minutes from Akchour (1.5km), a huge reddish-brown stone arch towers 25m above the river Oued Farda. Unbelievably, the bridge wasn't carved by human hand, but rather by the river's flow over countless...

Waterfall in Akchour

Akchour Waterfalls

Cascading over smooth jagged rocks, the Akchour waterfall feeds into a turquoise pool. The view is breathtaking, especially when enjoyed with a fresh juice or tea supplied by vendors who make the two-hour trek...

Landmark in Tetouan

Place Hassan II

The broad and empty Place Hassan II, which is mostly roped off for security reasons, links the medina to the Ensanche. It looks like it houses the Wizard of Oz, with guards standing in front of the long flat...

Fort in Al Hoceima

El Peñón de Alhucemas

One of the plazas de soberanía (places of sovereignty), this extraordinary white island fortress can be seen a few hundred metres off Plage Sfiha, along with the uninhabited Isla de Mar and Isla de Tierra, which...

Beach in Al Hoceima

Plage Sfiha

A short retreat from the city, wide horseshoe-shaped Plage Sfiha looks out on the Spanish-controlled post-colonial relic, El Peñon de Alhucemas. A couple of other Spanish islands are also visible to the west. The...

Nature Reserve in Chefchaouen

Bouhachem Regional Nature Reserve

One of two parks in the Rif Mountains, Bouhachem is exceptionally beautiful and covers an enormous territory. The forest has various species of oak and maritime pine, and is home to an important number of birds,...

Park in Tetouan

Feddan Park

Feddan Park used to be what's currently known as Place Hassan II, but it was destroyed following the Spanish protectorate to make room for the Royal Palace. Locals who missed the park (some say they met their...

Beach in Al Hoceima

Cala Bonita

Because of its location south of town, Cala Bonita pebble beach manages to avoid some of the crowds, though there are still plenty of umbrellas during summer. The beach is flanked by a cafe, restaurant and a...

Plaza in Chefchaouen

Plaza Uta El Hammam

The bustling heart of the medina is the shady, cobbled Plaza Uta El Hammam, which is lined with cafes and restaurants, all serving similar, rather uninspired fare. It is also where you'll find the kasbah and...

Historic Site in Tetouan

Ensanche

Restored to resemble the era when Tetouan was capital of the Spanish protectorate, this broad boulevard along Ave Mohammed V from Place Al Jala to Place Moulayel-Mehdi is lined with bright Spanish colonial...

Cultural Centre in Tetouan

Dar El Oddi

The wealthy El Oddi family graciously opened their sparkling family riad to the public as a cultural centre in 2018, celebrating their beloved Tetouan. Exhibits consist of pictures, maps and vibrant postcards and...

Waterfall in Chefchaouen

Oued Ras El Maa

The waterfall of Ras El Maa is just beyond the far northeastern gate of the Chefchaouen medina. It’s here, where the water comes gushing out of the mountain, that local women come to do their washing. The sound...

Beach in Al Hoceima

Plage Quemado

Located in a pretty, steep-sided bay, the yellow sand beach below the Mercure Quemado Resort is a popular hang-out spot in the summer for taking a dip and gawking at the adjacent rock face, which is topped with...

Historic Site in Al Hoceima National Park

El Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera

This tiny island was transformed into a peninsula in the 1930s and ’40s when a sandbank joined it with the mainland. Despite several Moroccan attempts at retaking Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera, it has remained...

Mosque in Chefchaouen

Spanish Mosque

The mosque was built by the Spanish in the 1920s, but never used. It fell into disrepair and remains closed, but the grounds out front make for a perfect place to behold the blue city and watch the sunset dip...

Market in Tetouan

Leather Souq

Next to Tetouan's tannery, where you can see how the cow hides get their shades, the leather souq features traditional Moroccan shoes, jackets and bags. Many of the products have been made with methods passed...