ASILAH , a different people , crossroads of cultures and civilizations
A privileged , cultural crossroads , a step in Europe, we find endless pristine beaches and friendly people . Assilah is a haven of peace , the traveler must stop starts its journey through Morocco.
The aforementioned walls surrounding the city were built in the fifteenth century by the Portuguese king Alfonso V , who can still see his shield in one of the towers preserved in the wall .
Within the historic center , the most striking is the medina with its white houses – currently in rehabilitation – decorated with murals. Are retained within the medina some period buildings protectorate , as schools of Sidi Mohamed Ali Marzok , and alongside this , the madrasah Koranic Larrucea works of 1929-30 .
At the same time , by the sea , but also emphasizes the Muslim cemetery and the mausoleum of Sidi Ahmed El Mansour .
The city , in our day, is known mainly because of its long sandy beaches , its international cultural festivals , its University and its Arab Cultural Forum – African .
The Forum takes place always in summer , coinciding with the organization of the Summer University and creating the right environment to attract to the city thinkers and intellectuals , while it is an ideal space for cultural tourism .
At the same time, the port , which has been recently renovated and has both tourist and fishing use and many of the houses in the medina have begun renting to tourists or foreign owned .
With all this, along with fishing , the town has its main income in tourism, also forming part of the main circuit Andalusian legacy , to continue the road to Tangier, Larache .
The Spanish presence is manifested in the architecture and planning of the new city , while the medina represents the typical architecture of the area , where the stage used by the festival ‘s cultural and artistic Assilah .