The Asilah’s medina is one of the most beautiful in Morocco thanks to its narrow streets, indigo walls decorated with murals, Moorish-style houses, cleanliness, peacefulness and the sound of the waves from the nearby sea.
It is surrounded by high walls built by the Portuguese in the 15th century during their occupation and there are several gates. The most important ones are: Bab Homar or ‘The Door of the Earth’, located under a tower and decorated with the coat of arms of the king of Portugal, in a very lively area with a market and various restaurants; Bab al Bahar or ‘The Gate of the Sea’, located next to the Portuguese square tower that dominates the city and the sea; and the Bab Kasbah, in the north, surrounded by gardens and located opposite the Muslim cemetery.
Stroll down Alcazaba or Kasbah Street, where you'll find the Kebir mosque, with its tall octagonal minaret and the Centre Hassan II Rencontres Internationales, built on the site of an old barracks, and host to cultural exhibitions of all types.
Another interesting place inside the medina is Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouche square, with a small mosque, which was used as a Catholic church in the Portuguese occupation, and which is dominated by the Portuguese tower, the symbol of the city.
Don't miss the Muslim cemetery, next to the sea, with its multi-coloured ceramic tombs. Here you'll find the Mausoleum of Sidi Ahmed El Mansur Saadi, who reconquered the city after the Battle of Three Kings.
For the best views, head to the lookout point of Asilah above the cemetery, where you can catch a magnificent sunset with the sea in the background.