1 Chefchaouen to Al Hoceima

The scenic and sometimes vertiginous drive along the northern slopes of the Rif is simply spectacular.

2 The coast road

Recently upgraded all the way from Tetouan’s coast to the Algerian border, with deserted coves, rich pickings for birdwatchers among the dunes, and a few easy-going resorts.

3 Melilla

This sophisticated Spanish enclave boasts a wealth of Art Nouveau buildings and an imposing fortress-like Medina, perfect for touring after tapas.

4 Saïdia

Close to the Algerian border, this enjoyable beach resort comes alive in summer, hosting a raï music and popular arts festival in May.

5 Zegzel Gorge

Fantastic hiking through dramatic limestone cliffs, terraced fruit groves and magnificent cedar and oak forests.

6 Cirque du Jebel Tazzeka

This classic car-driver’s route offers stupendous views of both the Rif and Atlas ranges and passes by the massive Friouato Caves.

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