Lixus is the site of an ancient Roman city located in Morocco just north of the modern seaport of Larache on the bank of the Loukkos River.
Lixus was first settled by the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC and was later annexed by Carthage.
In the 1960s, Lixus was restored and consolidated. In 1989, following an international conference which brought together many scientists, specialists, historians and archaeologists of the Mediterranean around the history and archaeology of Lixus, the site was partly enclosed.
Work was undertaken to study the Roman mosaics of the site, which constitute a very rich unit. In addition to the vestiges interesting to discover the such mosaics whose one of sixty meters representing Poseidon. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on July 1, 1995 in the Cultural category.
Loukkos River a major river in northern Morocco. The river is the third largest in Morocco.
The Loukkos river takes source in the Rif Mountains and flows into the Atlantic Ocean in the city of Larache, the city's port is inside the river
One of the river's tributaries, Oued Makhazine, bears a great historical importance since it witnessed one of the most decisive battles in the history of Morocco: the Battle of Alcácer Quibir. Ancient Lixus is located on Tchemmich Hill on the right bank of the Loukkos River just to the north of the modern seaport of Larache.