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A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast – in pictures

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

A lot of the fruit and vegetable produce at Chefchaouen’s local market is organic. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

The fortress was built in 1471 to fight Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Legend has it that the walls were painted blue to keep mosquitoes away. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Another theory is that blue served as a reminder to lead a spiritual life. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Chefchaouen served as a Moorish fortress for exiles from Spain.  Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Souvenirs here are rather cheap compared with more popular towns and cities such as Marrakech. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Locals often shy away from the camera. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Townsfolk gather as police herald a murder suspect to different cafes during a murder reenactment. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Spain seized Chefchaouen in 1920 and only returned it when Morocco gained independence in 1956. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas, a Unesco World Heritage Site, offers spectacular views of the city of  Salé.  Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Locals live within the kasbah to this day. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Locals live within the kasbah to this day. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

The edifice was built in the 12th century. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Our riad of choice was restored as recently as 2012. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

The Udayas fortress contains the oldest mosque in Rabat. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

The Mausoleum of Mohammed V was completed in 1971. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

Much of the Rabat landscape is lusciously green. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

A road trip along Morocco’s green north coast - in pictures

As part of the metropolitan Rabat, the Chellah necropolis was also granted World Heritage Status by Unesco. Photo by Samar Al Sayed

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