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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 (3Dh) 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. You can also get to Assilah directly from Tanger Airport. The price is fixed to 200 Dh per Taxi. Alternatively, the main road connecting Tanger and Asilah is 1.8km from the airport, where you can flag down a grand taxi that will take you to Asilah for 15Dh (there is much traffic, but most taxis don't go to Asilah, so you'll need some patience). This is much easier on the way back, where you’ll just have to ask the driver to let you exit.
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 Fez, 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) The grand taxi rank is nearby with frequent Taxis to Tangier (20Dh) and Larache (15Dh) leaving when full.
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. Petit taxis are available if you need to go further, e.g. to the train station (2km north).
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. Most restaurants cluster around the western part of the medina.
For self-catering there is a fruit and vegetable market just south of Bab Al-Homar.
Enjoy mint tea in one of the cafes.
A couple of guesthouse with rooms starting from 100Dh are available and offered by touts that find you when walking with a bagpack.
Christina's Place - Beautiful Hostel/Guesthouse just a 3 minute walk from the Medina.
There are also several hotels, e.g.
Additionally there is at least one camping site.