Moroccan Doorway Architecture, Asilah, Morocco
Moroccan door architecture, Asilah, Northern Morocco, 2015-08-11.
Asilah is a sleepy fishing town in the North of Morocco, just one hour south of Tangier. While not completely off Morocco’s well-beaten path, it’s often missed by travellers bound inland for Fez or Chefchaouen, yet has a uniquely alluring charm. With an immaculately restored medina that’s re-painted vivid shades of blue & white each summer, Asilah has the feel of being Morocco’s own Santorini - a great spot to see the more chilled out, seaside town life in Morocco.
The architecture in Asilah has been heavily influenced by these different periods of occupation, which is one of the main reasons for its unique and characterful feel. Evidence of Mediterranean design can be seen in the rampart walls and gates themselves, reflecting the Spanish & Portuguese influence on the Asilah’s development, Roman ruins can be found in the nearby town of Larache and Arab influences are more subtly found in the decorative window shutters and the labyrinth like medina layout to the streets.
If a lover of the quirkier details found in the medinas of Morocco, then Asilah won’t disappoint, with hundreds of creatively designed doorways, decorative window shutters and retro, old electricity & water metres from the French occupational period. Together with the art work and murals spread throughout the medina, these little details all paint the picture of Asilah. One of the main things to do is to simply wander the streets and take in all the unusual textures, shades & charm the town has to offer.