Excursion to Larache
Blue and white tiered city bordering Oued Loukkos with its minarets planted like exclamation points. Its kasbah faces the ocean. Modern city of Andalusian architecture, Boulevard Mohammed V lined with bougainvilleas crosses the center and ends at Place de la Liberation: central square (with buildings forming a half moon) which delimits the modern city from the medina.
The medina :
Has several doors allowing entry to its entrance (El Khémir gate, El Kasbah gate …). Surrounded by thick walls, it overlooks the port redeveloped at the beginning of the 20th century and has an esplanade, established on the old ramparts, from which you can contemplate the Loukkos estuary and the salt marshes. Inside the medina, you will find:
- The souk of the kisaria which is a small market of the most varied products, extended along a broad street lined with galleries.
- The vegetable market.
- The maze of narrow, colorful and sloping alleys that end in the fishing port, picturesque and rich in local colors.
- Passages, houses with colorful doors …
- mosques, mausoleums and holy places with typical Moroccan architecture.
The archaeological museum:
It is a small museum housed in a 16th century Spanish bastion, bearing the arms of Charles V. Ancient coins, statues, jewelry, objects from Lixus … are on display.
The clock tower : This Hispano-Moorish style palace currently houses the music conservatory.
The castle of the stork:
On the place of Makhzen rises a fortress with acute flanking of 1578. Opposite the entrance to the medina are thesmall mosque, the town hall and the Santa Maria church.
Along the ledge, you will first pass in front of the Muslim cemetery and just after you will discover the Catholic cemetery where Jean Genet rests.
On the other side of the estuary, there are two well-demarcated beaches, one very extensive with waves for bodyboaders and on the other closer to the inlet, a quieter side for swimming.
A pine forest:
Five hundred meters from the central square a pine forest stretches for kilometers along the ocean. Other forests: pines, eucalyptus, cork oaks are near Larache.
About four kilometers from Larache with nature reserves and home to many species of birds, especially waders.
The lixus site:
Five kilometers away, ruin of the ancient Roman city. Lixus built on a hill dominates the whole valley, you will have a magnificent panoramic view. You will discover a theater, an acropolis, temples, amphitheatres, thermal baths …