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About Larache

Larache is an important harbour town in the region Tanger-Tétouan in northern Morocco. Larache has a weather with heavier rainfall. The summers are hot and sunny - ideal for the city’s beaches - and the winters are occasionally wet but very mild.

Today Larache has a population of approximately 121,257. In 1471, the Portuguese settlers from Asilah and Tangier drove the inhabitants out of Larache, and again it remained uninhabited until the Saadi Sultan Mohammed ash-Sheikh decided to repopulate it and build a stronghold on the plateau above river Loukos. Periods of Berber, Arab and Spanish rule have left their mark, although the most dominant is the Muslim influence. The layout of the old town is typically Moorish, while houses in the new town seem to be Andalusian in style.


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

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.

Places in Larache

  • Port Lixus
  • Plaza de España
  • Oued Loukos (Loukkos River)
  • Charie Mohammed Al-Khamis (Boulevard Mohammed V)
  • Storks Castle
  • Boukharis House
  • Torres Park
  • Jardin of Lions
  • The Conservatory of Music
  • Kessba, Gebibat & Bab Behar (Old Medina)
  • Port of Larache
  • Dghoghi Houses
  • Grave of Jean Genet

Regions of Morocco

Agadir Al  Hoceima Azilal Ben Slimane
Beni Mellal Boulemane Casablanca Chaouen
El Jadida El Kelaa des Sraghna Er Rachidia Essaouira
Fes-Boulemane Figuig Guelmim Ifrane
Kenitra Khemisset Khenifra Khouribga
Laayoune Larache Marrakech Meknes
Nador Ouarzazate Oujda Rabat-Sale
Safi Settat Sidi Kacem Tan-Tan
Tangier(Tetouan) Taounate Taroudannt Tata
Tata Tiznit    



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