One of Morocco's Imperial Cities and past capitals, Fez (locally spelled Fes) positively exudes culture and history, especially its emblematic medieval medina, a huge, no-car warren that can at times seem overwhelming to some visitors but entrances them all. Those who wander the narrow alleys can discover the city's palaces, hammams, mosques, market stalls, and pair of madrassas, Islamic schools dating back to the 14th century, both with intricate façades carved from cedar and adorned with elaborate tilework. Another highlight is the 11th century tewara leather tannery, one of the oldest in the world.
Morocco has both a Mediterranean and Atlantic coast lined with great beaches, and on the latter, one of the most popular is this seaside resort town, with a glorious history that dates back to when it was a trade center for the Phoenicians around 1500 BCE. In the 19th and 20th centuries pirates used it as a base of operations. Fortifications from these bygone eras remain surrounding the restored Medina. Whitewashed buildings complete with picturesque scenes. It has a good selection of budget hotels and restaurants and a growing art scene. About 1.5 miles south of Asilah lies Paradise Beach a wonderful wide stretch of sand popular with locals and tourists.
Also on the Atlantic coast, several hours south of Asilah, this intensely atmospheric city was founded as Mogador fortress by the Portuguese in 1506, and today its old quarter is another maze of fascinating old streets and courtyards where it's a pleasure to wander and get lost. And south of town lies a string of gorgeous sandy beaches where strong winds can make sunbathing a bit problematic but are perfect for surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and other adrenaline-fueld water sports.
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