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Morocco's Mediterranean Beaches
The one constant across northern Morocco is outstanding beaches. From crowded city beaches to miles of empty space, from fine sand to high cliffs, you'll find whatever combination of leisure, civilization, and scenery you have in mind on these shores.
On the far-northern Atlantic coast west of Tangier, Robinson Beach offers several uninterrupted miles of fine sand and good waves ideal for families and surfers alike. Like its counterpart at Tarifa across the Strait of Gibraltar, there is generally a lot of wind buffeting the strand at Robinson, making it also ideal for windsurfing. This is the last beach on the Atlantic Ocean before its waters merge with those of the Mediterranean Sea at Cap Spartel, so the winds and current can be tricky. Staying close to shore is recommended.
The northern Mediterranean beaches, centered on Cap Malabata, between Tangier and Ceuta, are some of the region's finest. Their water is classic Mediterranean turquoise, and secluded spots are easy to come by.
The road from Ceuta south to Martil passes more than 32 km (20 mi) of modern beach resorts that offer a wide array of sports and activities. These good, if somewhat touristy, family beaches are heavily populated in summer, the North African answer to Spain's Costa del Sol.
Farther east, the road from Tetouan to Al Hoceima offers sweeping views along the Mediterranean coast. The water is calm here, and the beaches, usually empty, range from slightly pebbly to golden and sandy. The tiny fishing villages of Oued Laou, Torres de Alcalá, and Kalah Iris make good afternoon stops for lunch and a swim on the way east.
The area around Al Hoceima has some of the north's finest Mediterranean beaches. Quemado Beach, a busy urban strip in Al Hoceima proper, is a cove tucked between large hills, with fine sand and crystalline water—during a simple swim you can see coral and schools of fish below. There are plenty of beaches to explore just outside, for instance Tala Youssef, just west of Al Hoceima, is where the king summers.
Farther east, the beaches beyond Nador such as Kariet Arkmane, Ras Kebdana, and Saïdia are lonelier and less well equipped for family activities but excellent for communing with nature, your traveling companions, and the sun, sea, and sand.Updated: 03-2013
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