Asilah is a small, laid back town in Northern Morocco and known for the artistic community that live there. Inside the old medina walls white washed buildings capture the artists imaginations.

Asilah sunset

 

But it’s not just painters that find their way there, with writers and musicians, it becomes a very bohemian place to hang out.

Asilah mural art

Being perfectly situated by the Atlantic Coast, it’s a place to take a quick break from some of Morocco’s more hectic destinations, and join in the slow way of life.

Asilah Morocco

Asilah Morocco

The best thing to do there is to get a little lost wandering the lanes of the old medina, and discover the various murals from different artists that decorate the walls of the houses.

There is a lot of random stuff that you could find, from the simplest doodles, all the way up to large pieces of art.

Asilah mural art

Asilah mural art

Asilah mural art

Asilah mural art

Asilah mural art

Being next to the ocean is a big plus as the strong Atlantic breezes blow a cool fresh air through the town, and the sunsets are out of this world.

Asilah Morocco

Indeed the weather (meteo Asilah) is another good reason to visit.

Asilah mural art

Heading to the end of the fishing pier you get a peaceful view as the sun dips below the horizon.

Asilah sunset

 

Asilah sunset

The Portuguese built fortified walls around the old town a few centuries ago, which today adds to the postcard perfect image. The history of Asilah stretches back to Roman times millennia ago.

My own primary reason to go there was too see the art, as I love those kind of places due to the alternative vibe that you get with them.

Asilah mural art

I’ve discovered in many countries similar kinds of places. From beautiful locations such as Asilah Morocco, to others in old industrial areas in big cities.

The settings for each of these groups tends to reflect the art that they do.  The murals of Asilah naturally giving a more chilled out ambience.

Asilah murals art

So if you ever end up travelling in Morocco then try to spend at least a few hours soaking up the atmosphere in Asilah, if you happen to be passing through the region.

Indeed you could end up loving it there!

Asilah mural

Practical advice for Asilah Morocco.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay there I got a room in someones house inside the old medina, which is the best area to stay in. There are not really any hotels inside the medina but you will be approached by people on the streets offering places.

I normally avoid those people, but due to the lack of hotels in the medina I took the chance and it worked out ok. Check out the place they are offering first and make sure too bargain hard with the price that they want. I ended up paying 150 dirham ($15) a night for my own room with a kitchen and a view out to sea. But they initially wanted 500 dirham!

Otherwise you can find cheap rooms in the hotels in the new town, but they are rather dull in character.

Eat at Ali Babas in the new town outside of the medina. Good food at decent prices and many local people. It was recommended by a friend there.

If doing the Tanger Asilah run (Tanger also known as Tangier) then it takes around 45 minutes in a share taxi, which is the best way. Although trains and buses do pass through there as well just make sure to get the time table for the trains so you don’t end up waiting around at the station for hours.

If heading south to Rabat then take the train, costing around 85 dirhams 2nd class. From Rabat you can continue by train too Meknes, Fez, or Casablanca.

Enjoy Asilah!

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