From Fez to the Atlantic Coast one passes Volubilis, the ruins of a Roman city close to Meknes. The site is most recognised for its intact mosaic floors.
Volubilis was basically deserted when Fez became the centre of power in Morocco.
The northern part of Morocco between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean is rich fertile farming land.
Moulay Bousselham is a small fishing town on the Atantic coast with a large inland lake which is a major site for endemic and migratory birds.
The ocean here is quite wild and the beach strewn with rubbish so the estuary is the towns main attraction. As well as the fishing boats and market.
And it’s at the fish market that you may find a guide to take you bird watching. Or more accurately he will find you as you stop at the gates of the camping ground that has closed down.
But the Moulay Bousselham estuary is a fantastic site for bird watching and a 3 hour boat tour with Khalil is great. You see;
And an array of gulls, terns, storks, cranes and plovers.
The Atlantic here is wild a steep shore and cross currents from the tidal river making it treacherous.
The estuary provides a safe place to swim after unfortunately picking a path through the litter.
It is such a beautiful beach such a shame the litter is so overwhelming.
Asilah is another beach town a couple of hours north of Moulay Bousselham along the coast. It’s also only a short ride from Tanger and the last night in Morocco was spent there.
The Medina, built within the old Portugese fort is mainly residential with a strong art presence. It was in Spanish control into the 1970s and still retains a strong Spanish influence.
I think I can leave my tales of Morocco here. What an amazing journey saw so much but I feel I missed so much more.
There was Belgian couple at the Hotel in Rissani. They had travelled to Morocco 9 time 7 on a motorbike. Mmm so Im thinking a second trip will not be too indulgent!!!
4 thoughts on “Final days on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco-Volubilis Moulay Bousselham and Asilah”
It has been so interesting to rediscover Morocco through your eyes, Mick. What a beautiful and varied place!
I really do think this trip to Morocco has been my best. I’m really thinking of going back next year and heading right down to Dakhla and the Western Sahara. See how the world situation is!
Looks fascinating Mic and very diverse. Volubilis looks like Pompeii and the mosaics look in great condition. We thought the first picture was of a rug! You were very brave to brave the water via the rubbish! Hope you’re staying cool over in the UK. Is Mary joining you at some stage? I think you were also going to catch up with Mad and Ian? Poor things got covid in Venice but they should be AOK now. Cheers Pauline
I think I have more than enough rugs now lol. Though the mosaics were fantastic and in great condition. Yes I’ve heard from Mad and Ian and they seem ok. Yes Mary is here and like all England avoiding the heatwave!