Asilah, a laid-back, whitewashed town with Portuguese-built ramparts buttressing it against the Atlantic, is a favorite seaside spot in northern Morocco. It's a good beach destination for those entering the country through Tangier, which is 25 mi/40 km to the north, who don't have a lot of time to venture farther south or who prefer a restored, traditional environment over a modern resort.

Asilah's accommodations are more modest than those in the bigger resort towns and cities, and its beach is not as nice as those farther south, but the town's smaller size, relaxed atmosphere and the murals by local artists create a relaxing ambience. An international arts festival takes place there each year mid-July to mid-August: Accommodations should be booked in advance during that time. Plan at least one night.

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