Your Asilah shore excursion from Tangier will take you to the gorgeous city of Asilah. Situated on the Atlantic Coast, and away from the bustle of its neighboring cities Tangier and Tetoutan, Asilah is the perfect destination for those seeking a calm and relaxing atmosphere. You can explore the city’s ancient architecture, whitewashed houses and decorated houses that inspire so many artists to come visit the city. It is also known for the various surf beaches that attract many tourists in the summer time.
Embark on a private, full-day tour from Tangier to Asilah and explore the vibrant artists’ community that boasts dreamy whitewashed architecture. Walk alongside an experienced guide as you admire Raisoul Palace, the 15th-century medina ramparts, and charming markets. Then take some free time to wander along the tranquil beachfront before returning back to your cruise ship – an exciting alternative for those not wanting a busy day in bustling Tangier!
Your Tangier to Asilah shore excursion starts with your driver picking you up from the pier. Start the tour with a drive past breathtaking sceneries of the Atlantic Ocean, which will make your ride more enjoyable and exciting.
The first thing to strike your attention when you arrive to Asilah is the Roman, Portuguese, and Spanish touch in its architecture, which gives the city its unique and laid-back vibes. Asilah is one of Morocco’s oldest cities, and this trip will allow you to learn so much about its history while enjoying the beautiful sights in the city. Asilah is a 14th century Atlantic coast Portuguese fort, and you will get to discover the ramparts that were built in the 16th century, where you can climb to the top to get a stunning view of the ocean.
Visit Raisoul Palace, an early 20th century building still used as a place of Brandit Raisouli. Take a walk over to the Portuguese-built El-Kamra tower, which is the tallest building in town. Here, you can learn about the tower’s past, as it used to be part of the ancient defense structure put in place by the Portuguese. The tower also served as home to a Riffian bandit in the 19th and 20th centuries when Asilah was a base for pirates. Carry on to the medina, one of Asilah’s best places to wander around, as its soothing and tranquil atmosphere cannot be found elsewhere.
Continue your Tangier to Asilah shore excursion with a drive back to Tangier, where you will stroll around the Kasbah, Medina and the Markets. You guide will take your around Medina streets leading to the mind-blowing mosaic studded minaret overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, then off to Grand Socco, a traditional shopping center for the locals. It is the perfect destination for those who seek a raw and in-depth Moroccan experience and would like to enjoy local atmosphere. The Grand Socco also displays the Moroccan housing architecture, colorful and dynamic alleyways, and a lifestyle stuck between the present and the past.
Have lunch at your leisure, before you head to the Jewish Quarter & Synagogue and the American legation, then end the walk in the Petit Socco. Before the end of the tour, you will have a free time to yourself to take in Tangier’s charm. Conclude your Tangier to Asilah shore excursion as you either re-board to the port gate to catch the ferry or if you have decided to extend your stay, then you will be dropped off at your hotel in Tangier.
The distance from Tangier to Asilah is 40 Km (25 Mikles), and driving time is 45 minutes via A5
Asilah is a beautiful beach town, and the best way to explore it is simply by wandering around the Medina. You can see everything in just a few hours. All of the pictures in this post were taken within the Medina walls. Asilah makes for an excellent day trip from Tangier since it’s only 45 minutes away by car.
Asilah is a haven for art and culture lovers alike. The town comes to life during the summer when numerous festivals occur. If you’re looking for a vibrant and exciting place to visit, then Asilah is undoubtedly the right choice. There’s something for everyone here, so come and explore everything this charming town has to offer!
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