Cultural Route 6: Tangier – Fez – Xauen

Tangier – AsilahLaracheRabat – Meknes – FezAl-HoceimaChefchaouen

From Tangier to Chefchaouen in a minimum of 5 days…

…with a few changes in this circuit

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This 7 days trip will let you know the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts, and you will discover the great variety of landscapes, languages, traditions, colours, tastes and fragrances of the area. During this trip you will visit three of the four imperial cities of the country: Meknes, Rabat and Fez. We will end our journey in Chefchauen, one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco.

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Day 1

The adventure begins: Tangier – Asilah

We start our journey in Tangier, north of Morocco, at Gibraltar Strait shores. Throughout its history, Tangier has been a host city to Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, Portuguese, British and Spanish, among others. Hardly Moroccan, the city is neither European nor African, and it is its greatest charm.

We continue until we reach the bohemian and touristy Asilah, on the coast, 46km south Tangier. The 15th century Portuguese fortifications, preserved mostly intact, are awesome. The bright medina painted in white, indigo and emerald offers a unique visual experience.

Day 2

The pirate cities: Larache – Rabat

We move south the Atlantic coast until we reach Larache, a coastal city seldom visited by mass tourism. We visit the medina in the heart of the city.

We head towards Rabat, fourth imperial city and bureaucratic and political capital of the country. The relaxed atmosphere of the city amazes us and invites us to visit the walled medina and the Kasbah of the Day, where we enter a labyrinth of streets until we find the oldest mosque in Rabat, near the walls, the Corsairs Tower and the Andalusian Gardens.

Day 3

Fascinating imperial cities: Volubilis – Moulay Idriss – Meknes

We leave the coast behind to go inland on the way to Fez. During the journey we will visit the ruins of Volubilis, the biggest roman settlement in the country and the best preserved in the North of Africa, listed as World Heritage since 1997.

We will also visit Moulay Idriss, one of the main pilgrimage meeting points in the country. The city hosts the mausoleum of Moulay Idriss, great-grandson of Mahoma, saint and founder of the first royal dynasty of the country.

Our journey ends in Meknes, third imperial city of the country, at the foot of the Middle Atlas Mountains. In 1996 UNESCO listed the city as World Heritage for its representative character of an urban and architectural complex from a Maghreb capital of the 17th century, which harmoniously combines Islamic and European design and planning elements.

Day 4

The medieval spirit: Fez

We leave Meknes and head towards the enigmatic city of Fez, capital of Fez-Boumalne region. It is one of the four imperial cities, together with Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat. It is regarded as the religious and cultural centre of the country.

The city is divided in three areas. Fez el Bali is the old area, inside the walls. Fez-Jdid is the new area, where the Jewish town, the Mellah is located. The Ville Nouvelle (New City) is the French area, northeast of the city. Fez el Bali’s medina is the biggest pedestrian precinct in the world and in 1981 it was listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Day 5

Heading towards the Mediterranean: Al-Hoceima

The next day we move forward to Al‑Hoceima, a picturesque city in one of the few coastal spots where the Riff mountain range leaves some room for a few beaches and a fishing port. The city has become a summer holiday destination for its wonderful beaches and the beauty of the environment. The tarifit or chelja, one of the Berber languages, is spoken in this area.

Days 6 and 7

The pearl of the North: Chefchauen

We spend the last two days in Chefchauen, the city of painters and artists, in the middle of a wide Riff valley. We admire the captivating beauty of its Mediterranean popular architecture while we take a walk through its winding alleys. We meet the residents, respectful and amazing. The limited size of the medina allows the visitor to discover it in solitude.

Remember, we may customize cultural route 6 to your needs!