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Hello guys and girls,

Have been travelling along Northern Morocco where parts of my roots lay. I'd like to share some pictures I made of this area of Morocco as it is not very known with most foreigners. Most foreigners / tourists only know Rabat, Casablanca, Agadir and cities like Fes. They don't know the North of Morocco also has a lot to offer in terms of nature and/or culture. Hope you enjoy the pictures, comment if you want! Won't post the pictures all in one post / day.

I'll start with some pictures of the scenery while driving to the town of Chefchouen.


20140507_134145 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140507_140053 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140507_140229 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


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Arriving at Chefchouen, the old medina.

Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif Mountains, just inland from Tangier and Tetouan. The city was founded in 1471,[1] as a small fortress which still exists to this day, by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami (a descendant of Ibn Machich and Idris I, and through them, of the prophet Muhammad) to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco.[2] Along with the Ghomara tribes of the region, many Moriscos and Jews settled here after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times.[3] In 1920, the Spanish seized Chefchaouen to form part of Spanish Morocco. Spanish troops imprisoned Abd el-Krim in the kasbah from 1916 to 1917, after he talked with the German consul Dr. Walter Zechlin (1879–1962). (After defeating him with the help of the French force Abd el-Krim was deported to Réunion in 1926). Spain returned the city after the independence of Morocco in 1956. (source wikipedia).

Main square when entering the fortress:


20140507_165723 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr

Inside the fortress / medina


20140507_145559 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140507_162828 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140507_162818 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


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Some real 'urban' pictures now: Tangier, just across the mainland of Spain. When the weather is good, Spain is visible from this city. Tangier is the most important (economic) city in the north of Morocco. About 1 million people live in Tangier. The city is developing quite fast with apartments going up everywhere, a new port and marina under construction etc.


20140504_152252 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140504_150238 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140813_142716 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


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20140813_130923 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140813_141628 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


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20140817_132549 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


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Asilah is up next.

Its history dates back to 1500 B.C., when the Phoenicians used it as a base for trade. The Portuguese conquered the city in 1471, but John III later decided to abandon it because of an economic crisis in 1549.

In 1692, the town was taken by the Moroccans under the leadership of Moulay Ismail. Asilah served then as a base for pirates in the 19th and 20th centuries, and in 1829, the Austrians punitively bombarded the city due to Moroccan piracy.[1]

From 1912-1956, it was part of Spanish Morocco. A major plan to restore the town was undertaken in 1978.

It is now a popular seaside resort, with modern holiday apartment complexes on the coast road leading to the town from Tangier. It hosts annual music and arts festivals, including a mural-painting festival.[2] The best paintings remain on the Medina walls for the following years.
Source Wiki.

Here's some pictures I took. All pictures have been taken in the medina of the village.


20140506_193010 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140506_191002 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140506_185435 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr


20140506_192313 by Takfarinas2009, on Flickr
 
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