Asilah, Morocco © Dans
The fishing village of Asilah, south of Tangier, has become a popular seaside resort because of its nearby Paradise Beach, relaxing ambience, and picturesque, 15th-century, Andalusian medina, which extends to the sea wall. Asilah is characterised by picturesque white buildings reminiscent of Santorini, but with a dash of Moroccan flavour. The town's long and fascinating history dates back to 1500BC, and it was not always as peaceful as it is now. In the 19th and 20th centuries Asilah was a notorious base for pirates, and the Spanish occupied it from 1912 to 1956. The ramparts and gateworks designed to fortify the old town against invaders of old are still intact.