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Asilah (also Assilah, Arzila) is a city in northern Morocco.
Asilah lies on the rail line linking Tangier to Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes, and Fez. The train station is a 2 km walk along the beach northeast of town; alternatively, minibuses sometimes meet the train in hopes of collecting passengers. It should also be easy to flag down a grand taxi along the road.
From Tangier, you can hire a grand taxi for the ~1 hour drive to Asilah. The fare is about MD20 per seat. A whole taxi should thus not be more than MD180. Busses leave frequently from the Gare Routière for MD15.
The connection from Tetouan is not at all as good. There is only one bus leaving in the afternoon. Otherwise, unless you’re willing to pay for a private grand taxi (probably around MD200), you’ll have to go to Tangier first.
The bus station for locations such as Fes, Meknes, Marrakesh is on main road opposite Shell gas station due east up street from northern end of the medina (walk past cemetary and turn left on main road one block to Shell station). To Meknes MD50; to Marrakesh MD130 (as of June 2011)
Cars are not allowed in the Medina, making walking the easiest form of transportation in Asilah proper. It's a small enough town that walking should not be a problem.
Like most Moroccan towns, Asilah consists of a medina and a ville nouvelle. The medina is small, clean, and features wall paintings by African artists. North and east of the medina, the ville nouvelle is also pleasant.
Asilah hosts an art festival every August where they cover their walls in fantastic murals. You can spend a full day walking around the medina looking at these beautiful paintings.
There are beautiful beaches both north and south of the town.
Due to its proximity to Spain and the large number of Spanish tourists it sees, Asilah's restaurants offer Spanish classics such as paella and tortilla in addition to the ubiquitous tagine and couscous.
Enjoy mint tea in one of the cafes.
Christina's Place - Beautiful Hostel/Guesthouse just a 3 minute walk from the Medina.