Overview of Marina smir
|Sunset on Marina Smir|
The north coast of Morocco forms a little-explored landscape of bays and coves framed by a surprisingly green hinterland that shatters the first-time visitor's preconception of Morocco as an arid and desolate country. Set within this scenery of blue Mediterranean waters and green hills covered in wild flowers lays Marina Smir, Morocco's most fashionable marina and resort.
Situated directly on the beach, halfway between Ceuta and Tetouan, and 30 kilometres from Tangiers airport, Marina Smir is approached through unspoiled natural scenery. Just 40 kilometres across the sea from Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol, the marina and resort which opened in 1991 has been developed by a Spanish group to the same standards as one finds on the Costa del Sol, offering first-class facilities for yachtsmen and visiting tourists who wish to enjoy a Mediterranean resort with a difference.
Popular with visiting yachts from Andalucía, the marina forms the hub around which a series of luxury resort hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and residential developments have arisen. Beside a luxurious Sofitel Spa & Thalasso resort, the facilities now also include a golf course, a wide range of water sports, fine beaches and the kind of services that accompany a small but exclusive resort.
Offering easy clearance procedures for visiting yachts, good berthing facilities and excellent value for money, the success of the marina has spurred on the development of the resort, which in turn has given rise to an up-and-coming residential area. For those interested in exploring the surrounding countryside, there are a series of smaller hotels, rounding off what is an increasingly popular and trendy resort in a little-discovered but beautiful corner of the Mediterranean.
A yacht harbour with a full range of services, including water and electricity on all berths, a 200-ton crane and repair services, as well as restaurants, bars and swimming pools.
Long beaches of fine white sand are backed by gently rolling green hills covered in flowers. The view across the water is to Gibraltar and the coast of southern Spain.
Sofitel Marina Smir
At the foot of the Rif mountains, in front of an immense white sandy beach, the hotel is a little paradise of white Andalusian-Moorish architecture, nestled in amongst sweet-smelling gardens.luxury resort hotels with a full range of comforts, facilities and entertainment - including sport and spa treatment.
Still in its infancy, the region offers a small-scale but burgeoning property market with luxury apartments, townhouses and villas in a modern interpretation of Moorish-Moroccan styles. Prices are a strong point.
Morocco: bargain priced properties still below market value, free viewing trips, truly breathtaking beaches and scenery. The property market is booming.