The Northern Atlantic Coast: Places to Explore

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Azemmour

Azemmour, situated on the banks of the Oum Errabi River, is a fantastic weekend or day-trip option from Casablanca. The small town boasts a quaint Portuguese medina, friendly locals, and an artistic influence that gives the charming town a unique flavor. The Portuguese built Azemmour in 1513, and it proudly claims Estavanico, or "Stephan the Black," as a resident. Estavanico, born in 1500 into slavery, is the first North Africa–born person to arrive in what now is the United States. Traveling with Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, he was one of just four survivors of the Spanish Narvéaz expedition.

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