Want to discover Larache? There are a thousand and one ways to do so. Portuguese documents from the 15th century mention Larache as the major Moroccan port.
Just next to it are the ruins of Lixus, a Carthaginian and Roman port, on the other bank of the Loukkos river. At the end of the Middle Ages, Larache was founded as a result of the Arab conquest.
Larache is a Moroccan city known in ancient times as Lixus.
It was made part of the administrative region of Tangiers-Tetouan in 1985 and has a population of 125,008.
Bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, this small town abounds in magnificent beaches under a radiant sun.
It is modernising at a brisk pace and is just about 86 kilometres from Tangiers. It has two beaches bounded by a jetty: one with extensive wave patterns and the other quieter and perfect for swimming which is located on the other bank of the river and accessible either on foot (300m from the central square), crossing by boat or by car or bus over the river (10 km).
The liveliest places are located around the central square or Place de la Libération (Plaza de Espana) an area of Arab-Andalusian architecture, lined with numerous terraced cafés.
On this square, the Bab el Medina gate delimits one of the entrances to the old medina.
Inside the old medina is the Souk Esseghir (Small Souk) where the vegetable market is a permanent fixture. In the centre, Andalusian architecture is to be found as well as the recently renovated covered central market (200m from the central square).
A mountainous area which is the western extension of the Rif mountain range, offers a mild climate and a magnificent view for nature lovers, not forgetting the hills made of marl surrounding a low, marshy plain.
The water resources of the province include the River Loukkos and its tributaries, the R'mel water table, three lakes in the hills, as well as numerous springs. Forests of pine, eucalyptus or cork oak are found close to Larache.
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