BEACHES Try to escape from Tangier and you’ll be faced with water, from all sides. It’s impossible to escape. But those who love the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean are in luck. So Made in Tanger decided to take a tour of the coast.
In the city, there’s the Bay of Tangier, the centre of town, the place that brings together the people of Tangier. Along the bay, Avenue Mohammed VI is filled with cafes, bars, terraces and coastlines, perfect for those who want to go for a run or a walk. The problem is that the bay is also the port, and so the water is polluted. So like beaches elsewhere, it’s among one of the polluted beaches in the Kingdom. Urban pollution adds to this, but large benches have been placed along the street, hoping to spruce up the area.
Leaving Tangier and heading west, you’ll cross the Californie area while passing by the mountain and arriving at the Rmilet beach near the Rmilet Park before arriving at Cap Spartel, the junction between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The view is magnificent, but it’s impossible to swim here. Achakar Beach, located about 12 kilometres from downtown Tangier, is just after the cape. This nice and clean three-kilometre beach is covered in fine sand. A beautiful bay and large stretches of sand await bathers looking to soak up some sun.
Continuing a bit further up the road, we get to Jbilat Beach, before arriving at Sidi Kacem where you’ll find Ocean restaurant. An innovative concept on the coast, l’Ocean serves up simple lunch dishes on the terrace. This year, l’Ocean opened up at the foot of the ocean with its chiringuito and deck chairs, music and guaranteed relaxation, it’s the place to be for the young and hip urban crowd.
To the east of Tangier, we pass by the Malabata beach, high up, with an impressive view of Spain before arriving at Dalia Beach. This last stop offers absolutely magnificent views accessible by a road lined with pine trees with a view of Spain delighting sunbathers here. And 35 kilometres from Tangier is Ksar Sghir, a pretty little fishing village that welcomes us with its gradually sloping beach, along a Portuguese fortress. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast. But for the more discrete, head over to one of the small wild creeks.
Text and photo Zineb Bennouna
Translation Mandy Sinclair