Chefchaouen is said to be one of the most pleasant towns in all Morocco. It is a holy city, with some 20 mosques and sanctuaries where thousands of people participate in a pilgrimage each year. It is particularly known for its bright low houses and their tiled roofs, and blue and white painted structures. It was founded in 1471.The town is a carpet making and weaving center with an active marketplace.
The Ethnographic Museum in Chefchaouen is set in the center of an ornate kasbah surrounded by battlements built by Ahmed Errifi Pascha. The museum contains exquisite collections of the popular arts and crafts reflecting the life of this Rif enclave and other artifacts from northern Morocco, including embroidery, wooden caskets, pottery, arms and musical instruments.
Larache is famous as being the site of Lixus where, according to legend, Hercules gathered the golden apples, the 11th of his tasks. The most remarkable remains are the temple, the theater, the acropolis and the baths.In the baths of Lixus, there is 60 sq. m/70 sq. ft of superb mosaics which features Neptune surrounded by shellfish motifs.
The Archeological Museum of Larache is housed in what was the palace of Sultan Youssef Abdelhak el Merini between 1258 and 1281. Later the palace was used by the Spanish for state occasions. The views are magnificent. The museum contains historic artifacts relating to Moroccan tradition including ancient coins, fishing equipment, musical instruments, statues, jewelry and perfume bottles.
Grottoes of Hercules
The Grottoes of Hercules have been gouged out by the perpetual action of the waves of the sea. Inhabited in prehistoric times, all the limestone has long since been extracted to make millstones.
Cotta is a small village where Roman remains of baths and oil mills can be seen.
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