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One of the most elegant of the old Portuguese Atlantic ports, small, easy to manage, and exceptionally clean. First impressions are of wonderful square stone ramparts, flanked by palms, and an outstanding beach. A town with an attractive old Medina and a popular tourist resort in August. Visiting yachts are not common and the people are very friendly.
Warning: the harbour is shallow and entry should only be attempted is calm weather.
Anchor: in between the small fishing boat moorings. The bottom is sand and it is best to anchor fore and aft to limit the swing and keep clear of the channel.
Moor: raft up alongside the wall or a big fishing boat; a small gift i.e a packet of cigarettes, would be much appreciated. This is not an official port of entry. Tangier is the nearest port where all clearance formalities can be completed; report to the Coastguard. Severe swell during the winter.
Ashore: no water or electricity.
Don't miss: the town’s Medina is one of the most attractive in the country, colour washed in pastel shades, and with a series of murals painted for the town’s International Cultural Festival (3-4 weeks in Aug - https://c-assilah.com/39/), which attracts performers from around the world with a programme of art, dance, film, music and poetry.
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