The National Park of Al Hoceima is located in the north of Morocco, on the Mediterranean coast, west of the city of Al Hoceima, in the region or Kabyle of the Berber tribe of the Bokkoya. With a surface area of 310 square kilometres on land and at sea, the park is made up of a limestone massif that continues from the interior to the sea, forming cliffs and rocky coasts of great scenic and environmental value.

Presentation of the route

Kabyle is a term of Berber origin used to describe both the Berber tribes of North Africa and the territories in which they are settled.

The cliffs carved into the limestone rocks of the Bokkoya massif rise to 700 metres, offering a rich coastal landscape. Declared a protected natural area in 2004, its steep and rugged coast is home to the largest population of ospreys in the Mediterranean. We can also find Audoin's gulls, yellow legged gulls, peregrine falcons, flamingos and the last specimens of the ibis eremita, the sacred bird of ancient Egypt. Over 69 species of birds have been identified in the park. The marine reserve serves as a refuge for dolphins, monk seals and sea turtles, among other species. Onshore, there are still foxes, African wolves, wild boars and hares. The Mediterranean landscape includes forests of pine and native cypresses, carob trees, olive trees, mastic trees, holm oaks, oleanders or wild olive trees.

At the foot of the cliffs, the coves of Tikkit, of Topoz, near Adouz, the 700-step beach, near the village of Taoussart, or the beaches of Bades or Cala Iris, at the western end of the park, are a unique opportunity to enjoy the sea in a protected environment of great natural wealth. On the coast, the Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera or the Peñón de Alhucemas itself are living witnesses to the history of Spain and Morocco.

Nestled among the mountains small villages are hidden with whitewashed houses and some traditional marabouts, hermitages or funeral temples located in unpopulated areas in homage to venerable people whose kindness or holiness is acknowledged. In Tafensa, in Adouz or in Taoussart, in the interior of the park, in the municipalities of Izemouren and Ruadi, the agricultural and artisan customs and traditions of the population remain intact in one of the few areas that still preserve the original physiognomy and biological diversity of the Mediterranean coast.

The route of the National Park of Al Hoceima invites us to enjoy ecotourism in a land and marine environment of great natural wealth.