Fes, Morocco

Landscape: Mediterranean Coast From Saidia to Al Hociema

Introduction to Landscape: Coastal Areas from Saidia to Al Hociema

This slideshow starts in Saidia, which is exactly on the border with Algeria. Traveling west, the first important natural feature is the Moulouya River, which is 525 km long with its’ sources in the Middle Atlas. From its mouth on the Mediterranean Sea I travelled inland to explore the countryside north of the agricultural town of Berkane, making my way along the road south of Mt. Kebaana, an interestingly shaped mountain that strictly speaking is neither part of the Middle Atlas, the Rif, nor the Beni Snassen ranges. From there I travelled back to the coast to visit the 30 km sandbar that separates Lac Bou Areq from the Mediterranean Sea. Many of the photos in the Nature Slideshow were taken in the dunes and pools I encountered.

After a few days in both Nador and the Spanish enclave of Meilila I headed west toward Al Hociema. I was hoping to first explore the Cap Trois Fourches which has been designated as a National Park. Unfortunately the weather became somewhat stormy and I had to abort my attempt to explore this rocky outcrop. It promises to be an interesting natural area and is one of the last refuges of the Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) and a place I hope to return to shortly.

From here the slideshow continues west toward Al Hociema.

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