Where is Larache Located?
Larache is a port city on the Atlantic Ocean in the northwest of Morocco. In 2005, approximately 201,000 inhabitants lived in the city. Larache is the administrative seat of the province of the same name. In the city there is an impressive Conservatory, as well as a fishing port with a canned fish factory. The main sources of income of the city, especially the export of cork, wool, beans, and citrus fruits. In Larache there is an old Spanish fortress, which is particularly popular with tourists.
What Country is Larache in?
The history of the Moroccan city
The town of Larache at the mouth of the river Oued Loukos was founded by the tribe of Beni Arus, near the ancient city of Lixus. Between 1610 and 1689 Laache belonged to Spain. At the end of the seventeenth century, Spanish colonial rule was ended by the Ouattasid Sultan Mohammed es-Said esch-Scheikh. In the following centuries Larache was used as a base by the corsairs. A second Spanish occupation attempt was prevented by Moulay Ismail. As the Corsair attacks for European trade powers assumed unbearable dimensions, the city was attacked by the Austrians in 1765, a hundred years later by the French. From the beginning of the twentieth century until the independence of Morocco in 1956-57 Larache belonged to the Protectorate Spanish-Morocco.
In the nineteenth century, Larache played a significant role as an export port for Meknes and Fes. The city is one of the largest port cities in the Region, and Larache is an important market place.
The Place de la Liberation is the link between the new town and the old town of Larache. Near the lively square is the ochre-yellow Bab el-Khamis, the so-called Thursday gate. The gate is the entrance to a Medina surrounded by city walls. Walking through the gate you reach the Socco de la Alcaiceria, the stock market.
At the end of the famous square, the castle district starts, or as the Locals say, the Bab el-kashbah. Just past Souika mosque, ancient houses and Fondouks, dating back to the fifteenth century, you can reach the ancient fortifications of Moulay el-Medhi.
Also worth seeing is the Castillo de las Ciguenas, the so-called Storchenburg, which was then built by the Spaniards. The castle is an example of the seventeenth-century fortress architecture. The castle houses a small museum of Archaeology. Here you can admire some exhibits from the Roman Lixus.