Sidi Ifni is a lovely Spanish art-deco styled town on the Atlantic coast. It was acquired by Spain in the late 1850s but not fully occupied until the French had pacified the interior in 1934. Spain hung onto the town after Morocco gained independence in 1957 and only withdrew in 1969 after a land and sea blockade.
The Spanish consulate is now in ruins (webpic) in the central Hassan II square but there are many other art-deco buildings. The best hotels in Sidi Ifni are the Hotel Bellevue (beautiful view) with a brilliant aspect over the beach and the Hotel Suerte Loco (Crazy Luck) which serves paella, crepes and other varied cuisine.
This route starts in Sidi Ifni, takes a loop towards the port over the abandoned airstrip then heads north along the coast. Then there’s a stop at Legzira for a morning coffee and an optional offroad section running along the beach through the sea arch.
Regaining the road, this area has very much the feeling of the ‘Big Sur’ area of southern California with a road sandwiched between the coast and hills. You head north again for Mirleft where there’s a visit to both a French and a Spanish fortress.
Mirleft is another good place to hang out if you want to relax with good beaches, surfing, horseriding and quads.
Photos are a mix from various trips.
Sidi Ifni: Bellvue Hotel on left with the old church (now law court)
Hotel Suerte Loca (crazy luck)
Another hotel on the beach front
the Spanish Consultate won't be opening any day soon
the Spanish Governor's Residence is now the Royal Palace
view south from Bellvue Hotel roof
sea spray in the air
km0: start of the route on the edge of the old airstrip (coastguard lookout circled)
km2.3: customs/coastguard lookout over the harbour
km3: domed roofs in the Spanish barracks and sentry posts
km4: passing through Sidi Ifni
km10: on the main R104 heading north
km17: view down into Legzira Beach
three beachfront hotels
and sea arches
didn't bother dropping the luggage
km39: pretty auberge
km42: Mirleft's Spanish fort on left, French on top
visiting the French fortesss
great view overlooking Mirleft
the Spanish fortress is now...
...Hotel Les Trois Chameaux
km46: Mirleft main shopping area
km50: fishing boats pulled up out of the water
the walls of Tiznit on the tarmac route north