The port of Al Hoceima

Al Hoceima


The port city of Al Hoceima is a popular tourist destination on the north coast of Morocco. The Mediterranean city is great for short holidays and is occasionally connected by ferry with Spain and France. On Ferryhopper, you can find all the information you need about ferry routes and schedules from the port of Al Hoceima to plan the perfect trip!

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Mosque on the beach in Al Hoceima

Beautiful building of Islamic architecture in Al Hoceima

Al Hoceima ferry port

The ferry port of Al Hoceima (also known as Gare Maritime d'Al Hoceima) first opened to passengers in 2003. Up until then, the port was mainly used by cargo ships and fishing vessels.

There are 2 passenger terminals in Al Hoceima port. The 2 terminals are almost adjacent, so it is quite easy to get around the port area. The terminals serve ferries, as well as tour boats going on short trips along the coast of Morocco. 

As for port services, there are shops, restaurants, hotels and a mosque in the area. The popular Plage Quemado is also within walking distance.

If you want to park your vehicle at Al Hoceima port, there is a large open-air parking lot which travelers and locals use. It is close to the ferry terminal and the many fish restaurants of the harbor.

Good to know: Dolphins are regularly spotted off the port of Al Hoceima, so keep your eyes open!

Ferries from Al Hoceima port: schedules and tickets

At the moment, there are no ferries from Al Hoceima to Motril and Sète. Ferry operations have been suspended due to Covid-19 restrictions and there are no updates regarding resumption of the ferry connections.

The ferry route from Al Hoceima to Spain was operated by Naviera Armas, while the ferry crossing to France was operated by Baleària.

See below for more information about past ferry routes and schedules from Al Hoceima:

  • Ferry from Al Hoceima to Motril (Spain): The ferry route from Al Hoceima to Motril was available on a seasonal basis. During the peak tourist season, you could normally travel to Motril by ferry 2 days a week. The Al Hoceima - Motril ferry crossing took 4.5 hours on average.
  • Ferry from Al Hoceima to Sète (France): Ferries from Al Hoceima to Sète would make the crossing in around 39 hours. There were 1-2 departures per week depending on the season.

Important notice: Bear in mind that the Spain - Morocco border is currently closed.

Where is the ferry port in Al Hoceima?

The port of Al Hoceima is on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco between Tangier and Nador. The port is close to the city center and you can approach it on foot. The 2 terminals serving ferries and smaller tour boats are close to each other.

How to get to Al Hoceima port

The port is 15-20 minutes on foot from most downtown locations. Although the distance is quite short, most travelers prefer to get a taxi to the port particularly when carrying heavy luggage.

If you’re approaching the port by car, drive on Mohamed Zraktouni Avenue starting from the city center and then take the first exit on your right to enter the port area. Alternatively, the southeastern coastal road passing by Plage Quemado also leads to the port.

The port of Al Hoceima and Plage Quemado at sunset

The enchanting port of Al Hoceima at sunset

Vacation in Al Hoceima

Al Hoceima (or Alhucemas) is a small city with great beaches and delicious local cuisine. The Moroccan port city is a popular destination for locals, as well as international visitors exploring the Moroccan coast.

You can spend 2-3 days in Al Hoceima to see most of the city’s attractions and enjoy the local lifestyle. Most travelers choose Al Hoceima for its nice beaches, cute restaurants by the beach, luxury hotels and proximity to the Rif mountains with their awe-inspiring vistas, impressive gorges and wildlife.

The city is usually bustling and most public spaces are crowded and full of life. Read our Al Hoceima travel guide below for more information on what to see and do during your holidays.

How to get to Al Hoceima

As there are no ferries to Al Hoceima at the moment, you can catch a flight to the Al Hoceima Airport. The airport of Al Hoceima, Cherif Al Idrissi Airport, is 18km from the port. It serves flights from Tangier, Casablanca and Tétouan in Morocco, as well as Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague in Europe.

If you’re traveling by car to Al Hoceima from elsewhere in Morocco, you can take national road N2, as well as N16, also called the Mediterranean Bypass. The bypass connects Nador in the east with Tangier in the west of Morocco. Bear in mind that it is quite tricky to reach Al Hoceima if you’re not familiar with the country.

As for buses, there are some bus routes to Al Hoceima from nearby towns and major cities in Morocco operated by CTM. Bear in mind there are no trains to Al Hoceima.

Costal road with a sea view in Al Hoceima

Coastal road with beautiful views in Al Hoceima

What to do in Al Hoceima

Al Hoceima is a small treasure on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, the ideal destination for relaxing holidays in a beautiful seaside resort city. The Riffian city will charm you with its rich past, well-preserved historic buildings, and white and blue houses. 

The city’s Spanish and Moroccan influences are evident both in its architecture, as well as its gastronomy. Ferryhopper suggests you try fresh fish at the coastal restaurants and visit the traditional fish markets.

In the neighborhood of Mirador, you will marvel at the impressive view and at the central Mohamed VI square you can catch some Moroccan sun. You can also explore the outskirts of the city. Visit the Al Hoceima National Park and the Rif mountains for a hiking adventure, and head to the beautiful beaches east and west of the port.

See the best of Al Hoceima below and start planning your trip!

Beaches in Al Hoceima

The city’s beaches are mostly sandy and get quite busy during the summer months. The beaches in the outskirts of the city center are usually less crowded and are perfect for peace and quiet.

Most beaches have few visitor amenities, but they are close to restaurants and some of the top hotels in Al Hoceima.

Here are the top 10 beaches in Al Hoceima according to ferryhoppers:

  1. Plage Quemado: This is the most popular beach in Al Hoceima. It is a sandy cove located in the city center, right below the famous Hôtel Mercure Quemado Resort. It has sand and offers great views.
  2. Plage Rmod: The sandy beach is a 10-minute drive from Al Hoceima. It is a small, secluded cove with no visitor amenities except for a parking lot and some umbrellas during the summer. It’s worth staying at the beach until sunset.
  3. Plage Sfiha: This is a long, sandy beach a few minutes by car from the city center. There are cafes, restaurants, hotels and a small parking lot. The view to the 3 small islets off the coast is captivating! 
  4. Plage Thara Youssef: Thara Youssef (also known as Tala Youssef) is a 20-minute drive from Al Hoceima. It is normally more relaxed and suitable for kids. There are sun loungers and umbrellas during the summer.
  5. Plage Matadero: This is a small and lively rocky inlet with a sandy coast. It is great for all-day fun and it is popular with people staying at the nearby hotel. It has clean waters and a small rock perfect for diving!
  6. Plage Isri: This is a pebble beach in the outskirts of the city, where you can sunbathe, dine or enjoy your coffee. There is a parking lot and a diving center which organizes diving tours.
  7. Plage Calabonita: Plage Calabonita is in the city center. The beach is covered with sand and pebbles, and it gets quite crowded during peak season. It is wind-protected and features a nice park and two restaurants.
  8. Plage Maktoâa: This is an untamed beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. There are no visitor facilities and it’s ideal for isolation.
  9. Plage de Torrès: You can get to Plage de Torrès in 1 hour by car from Al Hoceima. It is great for a day trip, as you can have drinks and snacks on the beach. It is also close to the quaint town of Torrès de Alcala with the beautiful towers.
  10. Cala Iris: Cala Iris is 60km west of Al Hoceima. It is a sandy beach with amazing shallow waters. It’s popular with families with kids and you can find a couple of local restaurants nearby.

Activities and sightseeing in Al Hoceima

Al Hoceima is located on the northern edge of the Rif mountains, facing the Mediterranean Sea. This means it perfectly combines sea and mountain activities.

Apart from the sandy beaches and impressive mountain ranges, much of what makes Al Hoceima popular is its local lifestyle. Don’t miss out on the local markets, busy downtown squares and street food stalls!

Here’s what to see and do in Al Hoceima:

  • Go hiking in the Rif mountains
  • Visit the towers of Alcala 
  • Explore the seabed of Al Hoceima at Plage Isri
  • Walk around the Al Hoceima National Park
  • Go shopping at the squares and local markets
  • Try water sports at Tharra Youssef
  • Enjoy the panoramic sea views from Morro Viejo

Square with palm trees in Al Hoceima

Tall palm trees in a downtown square of Al Hoceima

Nightlife in Al Hoceima

Al Hoceima is not a nightlife destination, but you can still have fun! Most visitors either spend their nights at the hotel restaurants and bars or head to the Espace Miramar. This is a 5,000 square meter area with restaurants and cafes, as well as live music events!

The old city center is also popular particularly with locals. You will find cafes and restaurants at many of the city beaches and the popular resort towns close to Al Hoceima too.

Food in Al Hoceima

You shouldn’t leave Al Hoceima without trying the delicious fresh fish and seafood. The local cuisine has been influenced by Spanish and Moroccan flavors and techniques. This mixture of approaches means there are so many mouth-watering dishes waiting for you!

Ferryhopper suggests that you give a go both at traditional Moroccan dishes, as well as Spanish classics like paella.

Here are some local delicacies to try in Al Hoceima:

  • tagine: fish, meat or vegetable stew
  • harira: legume and tomato soup
  • maakouda: fried potato pancakes
  • saykouk: soup made with couscous and fermented milk
  • harcha: sweet semolina pan-fried bread
  • roasted anchovies served with smoked tomatoes and peppers
  • marinated chicken skewers with spices and herbs
  • grilled fish and seafood

Trips from Al Hoceima

If you wish to continue your adventure in Morocco and the Mediterranean coast of Africa, there are quite a few options. You can continue your journey inland and visit the majestic city of Fez, head to the northern tip of Morocco and visit Tétouan and Tangier, or cross the border with the autonomous city of Melilla to the east of Al Hoceima.

Find more details about the cities to get inspired:

  • Fez: The city of Fez is approximately 4 hours from Al Hoceima. We recommend staying for at least 2 days in this beautiful city. In Fez, you will visit the traditional tanneries, where the art of leather dyeing is still strong. Also, don’t miss the fabulous Dar al-Makhzen, the palace of the King of Morocco.
  • Tétouan: Tétouan is situated on the northern tip of Morocco’s Mediterranean coast. The distance between Al Hoceima and Tétouan is 230km. Tétouan is part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, distinguished by its unique architecture and traditional old town.
  • Tangier: Tangier is 5 hours from Al Hoceima, so it’s better as a multi-day trip. Tangier is the perfect destination to witness the mixture of Spanish, French, Italian and Arabic influences in Morocco’s architecture and contemporary lifestyle.
  • Melilla: The autonomous city of Melilla is 2 hours from Al Hoceima, excluding waiting time at the border. In Melilla, you will walk through beautiful gardens, visit historical fortresses and enjoy relaxing time at the beach.

Tip: From the port of Melilla, you can travel by ferry to Motril, Almería and Málaga in Spain throughout the year.

The traditional tannery of Chouara in Fez

Useful information about Al Hoceima

Al Hoceima is a small city that gets really busy during the summer months. This is when most restaurants, cafes, hotels and shops open for the season. As for medical services, the city does not offer that many options, but there are a few clinics and a hospital.

Regarding accommodation, the city resorts are the place to be. We recommend getting a room at one of the large hotel complexes by the beach. You can choose between standard rooms and luxury suites with a view to the Mediterranean Sea.

The best time to visit Al Hoceima is during the spring or in early fall. This is when the port city perfectly combines an easy-going atmosphere with visitor services.

Important phone numbers for your stay in Al Hoceima

Here are some useful contacts for your trip to Al Hoceima:

  • Al Hoceima Port Authority: +21239983374
  • Al Hoceima airport: +212539982560
  • Al Hoceima bus station: +212612554536
  • CTM buses: 0800090030
  • Espace Miramar: +212539984242
  • Al Hoceima Medical Center: +212539982662
  • Police: 190 / 112

Transportation in Al Hoceima

The best way to get around Al Hoceima is by taxi, as it is the most reliable and affordable option. There are both shared and private taxis in Al Hoceima. 

Make sure you agree on a fixed price with the taxi driver before starting the journey. Also, it helps writing down the name of your destination and showing it to the driver.

To explore the city center and the urban beaches, you can also walk around with ease, as Al Hoceima is quite small. For example, Mohamed Vi square is just 10 minutes away from Plage Quemado and just 6 minutes from Espace Miramar.

Where to book ferry tickets online from Al Hoceima

On Ferryhopper, you can stay on top of all updates about Al Hoceima ferry routes and schedules. Check our Map of ferries for available ferry crossings and plan your ferry trip to Spain and France with confidence.

Al Hoceima has direct ferry connections with 2 ports:

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