The SpaceLovely, historic Asilah will capture you with its 15th century city walls, terrace cafes and seaside setting. Relax on the sandy beaches or walk the cliffs to the south with crashing waves. Sit and watch daily life on the terrace next to the medina wall, from country people coming into town on donkeys to local kids in a pick-up game of soccer. Stroll through the artists’ shops, sew a custom caftan, or eat grilled sardines at the Thursday souq. A horse cart can take you to Paradise Beach, miles of sand, about 5 K away.
My first floor apartment is comfortable and well equipped with towels, sheets, blankets, cooking and dining supplies. Relax on the sunny roof top terrace with sea views or cool off on the shady patio. There's also a washing machine and drying lines on the roof . The apartment, located in the neighborhood of Lalla Rahama, is a five minute walk to the old medina, restaurants, and shops(URL HIDDEN)Buy your dinner on the way back to the house if you feel like cooking. Fresh fruits and vegetables are sold right there on the street, and fish fresh from the ocean from carts at Bab Al Homar, the main gate to the medina. Load up on freshly ground spices while you're here. The train from Asilah gives you easy access to the rest of Morocco. Take a day trip to Tangier or Roman ruins on the Larache road in a group taxi, private,"coursa," taxi, or bus. Guest AccessWATCH your head going out onto the roof. SHORT DOOR!!
You have access to all parts of the house, roof, laundry, patio. Interaction with GuestsI am an American who has been here in Asilah for over 15 years, speak Arabic, and look forward to facilitating your stay. If I am not in Asilah, email me anytime.
Khalid, the caretaker, is always available to help you. Call (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). The NeighborhoodBudget Restaurants
Sidq’s - Avenue Hassan II - Great sandwiches with your choice of toppings. Add a fried or sliced hard-boiled egg, fries (included in price) in the sandwich or separately. Mixed fish platter feeds at least two. There is a Moroccan dining room upstair(URL HIDDEN)Directions: Go to Bab Al Homar, main gate to medina, turn right on Hassan II. Sidq’s is the second restaurant on the right
No Name Restaurant Next to Café Tangier in Parada- Serves only charcoal- grilled kefta, liver, beef, and turkey brochettes, Spanish tortilla, and harira, a traditional Moroccan soup. Sit at a table on the sidewalk. . Open after sunset. Closing time depends on business. Go to the Café Tangier for coffee and dessert afterwards(URL HIDDEN)Directions: Follow the medina wall from Bab Al Homar north (toward Tangier). At the corner where the wall turns toward the harbor, don’t turn, go straight across the street and follow the pedestrian pathway between the gardens to Parada. At the end of the pathway, pass Café Ifrane, cross the street and find Café Tangier on the right. No Name is just before Café Tangier.
Souq al Hafir- Vegetables, fruits, butcher, mint, coriander, spices, olives, bread. Directions- On the left, just before Bab Al Homar, the main gate to the medina.
La Plassa- Same as Souq Hafir, but excellent fish market in rear. Order frozen calamari to pick up next day. 70 dirham a kilo, but fantastic(URL HIDDEN)Directions- Same as No Name Restaurant, but after Café Ifrane, turn right, up the hill. Market is on the left, a short way up the street.
Ain Hemar- Country people bring produce to sell on sidewalks. Excellent butcher on Hassan II on the left, after the rotary (round point/roundabout). He sells sliced, marinated turkey. Plus turkey sausage. Fish sellers are inside the market on the right.
(URL HIDDEN)Directions- at Bab Al Homar, take a right onto Hassan II. Walk uphill until you see the street market.
Best Bread in Town – Fouran Mehajub - At Bab al Homar, take a right on Hassan II. Take the third left at the shrine to Sidi Bouknadal, then the first right. There is usually a crowd of people waiting for bread to come out of the oven. Join the group. There is wheat (zarA) or white (smeeda) for 2 dirhams a loaf.
Hamburger Freshly Ground at Hisham’s - Directions - Just down the street toward Bab Al Homar after the Café Massira, on the right, find a little butcher shop. Pre-ground hamburger tends to be very fatty. Buy it custom-ground from Hisham.
Beer Wine Liquor
There are two package stores in Asilah. One behind the banks in Parada in the pedestrian area. The other on the left after Casa Pepe Restaurant heading toward Tangier. Moroccan liquor stores are somewhat hidden with signs for ice in Spanish outside. Local wine is very good at 35 Dh to 60 Dh a bottle and up. Scotch is available, but no whiskey. Getting AroundCars / Bikes/Grand Taxi/Horse Cart
Zayla Cars- Call #(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) passenger car for 300 dirham/day inclusive
Mountain Bike Rentals from Khalid – Khalid, the house caretaker, has two mountain bikes from England that he keeps in very good repair, 10 euros/ day/bike. A ride along the cliffs out to Paradise Beach on them would make a great day. Khalid speaks English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Call Khalid #(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Grand Taxi (5 Passenger)- For a day trip to Larache, Lixus, Chaouen, etc., transport to the Tangier ferry, or the airport, you can rent a Grand Taxi from Rachid Fetwaki with pick-up at the house. To Tangier or the airport, the price is about 250 Dirham, depending on the time of day or night. Make a special arrangement for a day trip. Call Rachid at #(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). He speaks English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. Other Things to NoteHorse Cart to Paradise Beach - Paradise Beach ( Rumilets in Arabic ) is a miles long sandy beach beneath the cliffs about 5 kilometers south of Asilah. In the summer, there are small bamboo restaurants and snack bars, umbrella rentals, and great swimming. Take a horse cart from Bab Al Hmar (main gate of medina) for between 100-130 dirhams, depending on how good your bargaining is. The driver will stay at the beach all day and drive you back to Asilah when you want to return. Remote in the winter, but popular in the summer months, it’s worth the trip.