Al Hoceima Tourism: Sights and Attractions
Al Hoceima has a compact size and that’s probably one of its charms. This is a relaxed place with a quiet pace of life removed from the hassle of Tetouan or Tangier.
The town itself offers very little in terms of sight seeing. The main attraction lies in the handful of beaches around the town and the wooded hills that are great for walking.
The Spanish did very little to develop Al Hoceima, then known as Villa Sanjuro, named after the general that landed here in 1925.
The only notable colonial building left is the Spanish College, Colegio Espanol, in the north edge of town. This custard cream building with blue and white tiles is a good example of an expensive early 20th century house. Today, it is used to dispense Spanish academic programs to Moroccan children.
The newer part of town runs all the way down to the cliffs above the town beach, Plage Quemado. At the heart of it is Place Massira al Khadra, the city’s main square. From here you can get a spectacular view of Penom de Alhucemas, a Spanish-owned island just a few hundred metres off the coast.
The town beach at Al Hoceima is Plage Quemado. It is generally clean and friendly, but in midsummer it gets very crowded under the weight of holidaying Moroccans and foreign tourists.
For a less crowded beach, go to Asfiha about a kilometre west of town. If you don’t fancy walking, hire a cheap petit taxi for the ride. A few kilometres further west if the beach of Tala Youssef better known as Chafarinas Beach, an exclusive resort at its far end.