Journey to the Rif, a land of mountains and Berbers following in the footsteps of a glorious past Almoravid and Almohad by the cities of Tangier, Asilah, Tetouan and Chaouen that had great importance in the expansion of Al’Al Andalus and that retain the Andalusian flavor and numerous vestiges of a common past. We will also to discover the Spanish influence that was left during the protectorate, for example in Larache, the most important port in the spanish zone.
Remember that all paths can be changed, also adapting the starting point and destination, contact us and we design the trip together!
Enjoy this special route, ideal for the summer!
Day 1 TANGIER ASILAH
Reception at the airport or port of Tangiers. Path of Asilah we visited the lighthouse of Cape Spartel and recall the greek mythology in the caves of Hercules count we can lunch in some of the bars of the area and enjoy the beaches. We continue toward Asilah via the coast road, arrival and reception in the hotel. We walked through the small medina of Asilah, white and blue bordered the ramparts built by the almohade and that centuries later fortified the Portuguese who occupied the city during a century, we arrived at the marine cemetery next to the marabout of Sidi Ahmd Ibn Musa. We got out of the medina by Bab Homar where the market is installed. Free Dinner, accommodation in hotel.
Day 2 ASILAH LARACHE LIXUS
After breakfast, free time to give a final walk through the Medina or the beach of Asilah, before from road to the nearby Larache, at the mouth of the river Lucus, city with a very spanish character, as evidenced by the castle Store, fortification overlooking the bay, built by the Spaniards from the XVII century. Similarly, we find the spanish footprint by all parties, from the Place de la Libération, known as Plaza de España, up to the menus of the restaurants. Afternoon visit to the ruins of the roman acropolis of Lucus, founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 B.C. , possibly as a first point of the northern trade in Africa. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3 LARACHE CHAUEN
In the morning after the breakfast we dirgiremosa Chaouen, but making first a small detour to contemplate the cromlechs of M’Soura with its 167 menhirs, one of the oldest human remains in the area. We later the crossing to the right toward Souk El Khemis des Beni Arrous. Arrival to Chaouen and reception at the hotel. Lunch and afternoon free to discover the “holy city of the Rif mountains”.
After breakfast, free day with possibility of guided tour of the city. Chaouen, seated in the skirts of Jbel Tissouka, offers the traveller a fascinating journey through a join of narrow streets, in the wok by Bab al-Harmum Suiqa in the neighborhood, the oldest in the city with its craftsmen and traders. We arrived at the plaza Uta hammam that houses the source, the Great Mosque, the Alcazabacon the local museum, the Funduq and numerous terraces of cafés, where tourists and rifenos are mixed in a relaxed atmosphere. We walked in the andalusian quarter, built to host the second wave of Moorish after 1492; rising by its steep streets and whitewashed we arrived at the limit of the fortified area, Bab al-Ansar, beyond, the Spring “Ras al-ma” which supplies water sources of the medina and allows the operation of the public laundry and the mills in the left margin, that bordered to reach a charming bridge where we have the tour. Also, enjoy the magnificent and original leather crafts and other products that are made by the craftsmen of the city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 5 CHAUEN Tetouan
We arrived in Tetouan , we have lunch in the Medina entering through Bab-Rouah beside the royal palace, at the end of carrer Al-Mokaden , area of shops and craftsmen we arrived to the Zaouia Sidi Ali Barka, above Bab-Mqbar gives us step to the cemetery of the Moorish architecture where stands the mausoleum of the Granada Sidi al-Mandri who rebuilt the city in the fifteenth century We started our journey to exit toward Bab-Oqla, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 Tetouan Tangier
Free Morning, option to visit the archaeological museum, the museum of popular arts or the School of traditional arts and crafts. Lunch and free transfer to Tangiers, shipment mid-afternoon. Arrival to Tangier where we start the visit nothing more out of the port up the “street of the beach” where we find some of the most precious buildings from the colonial era, the “Teatro Cervantes” in unfortunately state of abandonment. Then we arrived at the market of small souk and the square in the grand Socco, neuralgic point of the city that gives us entry to the medina with its streets full of artisans, bazaars, eateries and street stalls that we walked up to the Kasbah, noble and high part of the medina where we tasted traditional cuisine enjoying beautiful panoramic views of the Strait, Tangier and its bay. Hafa adai Way Coffee where we take the mint tea recalling to Bowles and others, we visited the Phoenician necropolis and at dusk, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7 TANGIER Tangier
Breakfast and transfer to the port or airport depending on departure time.