Asilah, a settlement since 1500 B.C, has kept traces of Phoenician, Portuguese and Spanish occupation. It became a pirate base in the XVIIth century and is now most known for its Arts Festival every August.
Arriving to the port of Tangier, meet with the accompanying crew of your day trip to Asilah: our english speaking guide and our driver. Then drive to Asilah, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved old cities in Morocco. The fortified town’s ramparts and gateworks are still fully intact hundreds of years after they were first built. Its beginnings can be traced back to 1500 BC, when a Phoenician port called Zili was established on the site.
The town was occupied by the Portuguese in the 15th century, and was lost to the Spanish in 1578. In 1598, the Spanish ceded the town to the Moroccans, who gave it its present Arabic name.
The day trip to Asilah popular attractions for tourists include the ramparts, built by the Portuguese in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, from the top of which you can see the Atlantic Ocean; the El-Kamra tower, another Portuguese structure that is the tallest building in the town as it was once part of the ancient defense structure and the “Palais de Raissouli”, home of a prominent Riffian bandit that harks back to 19th and 20th centuries when Asilah served as a base for pirates. It is now a Cultural centre, very active during the Summer Arts Festival. Catholics might want to stop by the San Bartholome, a church built by Franciscan priests from Northwest Spain and located outside the town.