Lighthouses of Morocco: Atlantic Coast

Morocco occupies the northwestern corner of Africa, across the Strait of Gibralter from Spain. During most of the nineteenth century, France, Spain, and other European countries maneuvered to gain control of the country. In 1912 it was finally divided; France assumed a protectorate over most of the country but Spain controlled the northern coast and portions of the south. In 1923 Tanger (Tangier) was removed from the Spanish sector to become an international zone. Morocco resumed its independence in 1956, but Spain continues to control the northern cities of Ceuta and Melilla and several small islands off the Mediterranean coast.

For lighthouse fans, the implication of this history is that Morocco's lighthouse heritage is partly Spanish and partly French. The French zone of influence extends from Mehdia to Agadir, with Spanish influence to the north and south. However, the design of lighthouses in all parts of the country shows a strong native Moroccan style.

This page includes lighthouses of Morocco's west coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean. There is a separate page for the Mediterranean Coast, and there is also a separate page for the Spanish Coast of Morocco, including Ceuta and Melilla.

Included on this page are the lighthouses of Western Sahara. Western Sahara is the former Spanish Sahara, a large, lightly populated desert territory in the south of Morocco and northwest of Mauritania. When Spain withdrew from its colony in 1976, the territory was occupied by troops from Morocco and Mauretania. The Mauritanians withdrew in 1979, and since that time Morocco has occupied most of Western Sahara (including all of the coast except a very short section at the southern end). This occupation has not been recognized internationally. In the listing, the lighthouses of the Dakhla and Boujdour regions are in the disputed territory. (Please note that the Lighthouse Directory takes no position and has no comment on any international territorial dispute. Our only task is to describe lighthouses. The lighthouses of Western Sahara are listed under Morocco because Morocco operates them.)

Lighthouses in Morocco are operated by the transport and infrastructure ministry (Ministère de l'Équipement, du Transport et de la Logistique) (MTP).

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volumes D and E of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 113.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - Morocco Atlantic and Western Sahara
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Lighthouses in Morocco
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
World of Lighthouses - Morocco and Western Sahara
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Phares d'Afrique
Photos by various photographers posted by Alain Guyomard and Robert Carceller.
Afrikanische Leuchttürme auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.

Rabat Light
Rabat Light, Rabat, March 2008
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Remi Jouan

Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab Region Lighthouses
Note: Dakhla, called Villa Cisneros under the Spanish, is a city of about 55,000 inhabitants. Dakhla stands near the end of a long sandy peninsula enclosing the estuary of Oued ed-Dahab (Río de Oro), one of the few good harbors along the Saharan coast.
Cap Barbas
Date unknown. Active (?); focal plane 56 m (184 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 40 m (131 ft) round cylindrical tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a good satellite view. The lighthouse is very similar to the El Cabiño lighthouse (see below). Located on a bluff at the point of the cape about 225 km (140 mi) south southwest of Dakhla. Site status unknown; this is a remote and desolate coast. ARLHS WSA-004; Admiralty D2975.6; NGA 24332.
Bahía de Angra de Cintra (Pointe Cintra)
Date unknown. Active (?); focal plane 13 m (43 ft); four white flashes every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) hexagonal masonry tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a headland at the northern entrance to the bay, about 100 km (60 mi) south of Dakhla. Site status unknown. ARLHS WSA-002; Admiralty D2975; NGA 24320.
Punta Galera (La Sarga, Punta Durnford)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) square castellated tower, painted white and attached to a larger structure. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located at the southeastern tip of the Dakhla peninsula, marking the entrance to the estuary of Oued ed-Dahab (Río de Oro). Site status unknown. ARLHS WSA-008; Admiralty D2973; NGA 24316.
** Dakhla (Arciprés Grande, Villa Cisneros) (1)
Date unknown (1920s?). Inactive. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical rubblestone tower attached to one corner of a Spanish fort. This tower is at lower left in the photo at right, Lightphotos.net has a closeup photo, and Google has a satellite view. Although the fort may have been built in 1884 as some sources claim, there does not seem to have been a lighthouse prior to 1920 at least. Located next to the historic lighthouse.
** Dakhla (Arciprés Grande, Villa Cisneros) (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 76 m (249 ft); white flash every 5 s. 50 m (164 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is white concrete painted with narrow black horizontal bands; the lantern and gallery are black. A 2013 photo is at right, Lighthouse Digest has a good photo contributed by Michel Forand, Andrius Rybakovas has a street view, and Google has a good satellite view. Dakhla stands near the end of a long sandy peninsula enclosing the estuary of Oued ed-Dahab (Río de Oro). Located on a headland of the peninsula a short distance northwest of Dakhla. Site open; the tower is apparently open for climbing. ARLHS WSA-001; Admiralty D2972; NGA 24308.

Dakhla Light, Dakhla, March 2013
Flickr Creative Commons photo by jbdodane

Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra Region Lighthouses
Peña Grande
Date unknown. Active (?); focal plane 173 m (568 ft); four white flashes every 15 s. 11 m (36 ft) round tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands. Keeper's house, probably in ruins. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse appears to be abandoned. Located on heights above a prominent cape about halfway between Boujdour and Dakhla. Site status unknown. ARLHS WSA-006; Admiralty D2631; NGA 24304.
Punta del Corral
Date unknown. Active (?); focal plane 71 m (233 ft); two white flashes every 9 s. 11 m (36 ft) round tower, painted with black and white horizontal bands. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse appears to be abandoned. Located atop a steep bluff about 65 km (40 mi) south of Boujdour. Site status unknown. ARLHS WSA-007; Admiralty D2630; NGA 24300.
* Ras Boujdour West End
Date unknown. Inactive, although still listed. 6 m (20 ft) square pyramidal rubblestone tower, unpainted. The tower carried a red light, flashing once every 5 s at a focal plane of 9 m (30 ft). However, Fenouri Noureddine's 2017 photo shows no light. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Cape Bojador (Ra's Bujadur), one of the most prominent capes along the northwest African coast, represented the end of the known world for Europeans until the Portuguese navigator Gil Eanes sailed beyond it in 1434. It's quite possible that this tower was built as a memorial of Gil Eanes's voyage. Located on the beach at the point of the cape. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty D2628.2; NGA 24296.
* Ras Boujdour (Cabo Bojador, R'as Abu Khatar)
Date unknown (station established 1903). Active; focal plane 70 m (230 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 45 m (148 ft) octagonal masonry tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a large 1- and 2-story keeper's house. The lighthouse is unpainted; although NGA mentions a "black stripe," this is really darker stone placed along the angles of the tower. Rui Ornelas's photo is at right, Wikimedia has the same photo, Lahcen Akchairi has a 2017 photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located near the center of the town of Boujdour. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS WSA-003; Admiralty D2628; NGA 24292.

Ra's Boujdour (Cabo Bojador) Light, Boujdour, February 2002
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Rui Ornelas
El Cabiño
Date unknown (clearly modern). Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 32 m (105 ft) round cylindrical conical tower with lantern. The tower is white concrete painted with narrow black horizontal bands. 2-story crew quarters building. Rui Ornelas's photo is at right, Wikimedia has a closeup photo also by Ornelas, and Google has a satellite view. Endangered: the lighthouse is close to the water and part of the surrounding wall has disappeared into the surf. Fortunately there is little danger of severe storms on this desert coast. Located on a prominent but misleading cape ("Faux Cap Bojador") about 35 km (22 mi) northeast of Boujdour. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS WSA-005; Admiralty D2626; NGA 24288.
Laâyoune (El-Aaiún) Phosphate Pier
Date unknown. Active (privately maintained); focal plane 46 m (151 ft); white flash every 5 s. 42 m (138 ft) square cylindrical phosphate silo. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Laâyoune (El-Aaiún) is the regional capital and the largest city of the former Western Sahara with a population of about 225,000. The city is inland; its small port area is about 25 km (15 mi) to the southwest. The phosphate pier extends about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) into the Atlantic to reach deep water. Located at the end of the pier. Site and tower closed. Owner/site manager: OCP Group. Admiralty D2623; NGA 24276.
* Tarfaya (Cabo Juby) (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown; two white flashes every 10 s. 13 m (42 ft) round masonry tower; the light is displayed from a mast atop the tower. Tower unpainted. Sea-seek.com has an fuzzy photo, and Google has a satellite view. This is a historic tower on which a modern light has been installed. Cabo Juby is a prominent cape, the closest point of the mainland to the Canary Islands. Spain took control of this area, known more recently as the Tarfaya Strip, in 1912 and held it until 1958. Tarfaya was called Villa Bens under Spanish rule. Located on the cape in the town of Tarfaya. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-038; Admiralty D2619; NGA 23270.
El Cabiño Light
El Cabiño Light, Boujdour, February 2002
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Rui Ornelas
Tarfaya (Cabo Juby) (1) Casa del Mar
Date unknown. Inactive since the 1940s. The light was mounted on a corner of the now-ruined fortress of Casa del Mar. Wikimedia has a photo, Ilias Lakhmasse has a street view from the shore, and Google has a satellite view. The fortress was built by the British in the 1880s, but they occupied it for only a few years. The light was added much later; it is known to have been active in the 1940s. Rising sea levels and beach erosion have caused the ruined fortress to go to sea. Located just off the waterfront of Tarfaya. Accessible only by boat, but there's a good view from the beach. Site open.

Guelmim-Oued Noun Region Lighthouses
* El Ouatia (Tan-Tan) Harbour Master's Office
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unknown, very quick-flashing light, white, red or green depending on direction. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) tower rising from a waterfront building. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the waterfront of the small boat harbor at El Ouatia. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty D2618.3.
El Ouatia (Cabo Nachtigal, Tan-Tan-Plage)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); white flash every 5 s. Described by NGA as a 7 m (23 ft) tower, painted red with a white band. No photo available. The location of this light is not clear. Google's satellite view of the Admiralty location points to the city's mosque, which would have the proper height, but photos of the mosque do not show a light. El Ouatia (Tan-Tan-Plage) is a small coastal settlement in the Tarfaya Strip. This is probably a modern light added by Morocco after it assumed administration of the area. Site status unknown. ARLHS MOR-016; Admiralty D2617; NGA 23264.
Cap Drâa
About 2000. Active; focal plane 85 m (279 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 30 m (98 ft) square skeletal tower, described by NGA as painted with black and white horizontal bands. Doreen Sven has a street view, and Google also has a satellite view. The Cap Drâa area is the site of NATO training exercises, and the offshore area has been opened to oil exploration. Located in a desolate area about 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Tan-Tan-Plage. Site status unknown. ARLHS MOR-041; Admiralty D2616.6; NGA 23260.

Souss-Massa Region Lighthouses
Sidi Ifni Jetty
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical tower painted red with a white horizontal band. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the main breakwater at Sidi Ifni. Site status unknown. Admiralty D2616.4; NGA 23258.
* Sidi Ifni (2)
1949 (station established 1936?). Active; focal plane 57 m (187 ft); four white flashes, in a 1+3 pattern, every 30 s. 13 m (43 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 2-story building. Lighthouse painted white; lantern dome is black. Tony Kerr's photo is at right, Viktor Kaposi has a closeup photo, Trabas has a photo by Capt. Peter Mosselberger, another photo is available, and the lighthouse is centered in a Google satellite view. Morocco ceded Ifni and the surrounding area is Spain in 1859, but there was little Spanish settlement there until 1934, when the town was established as the residence of the governor of Spanish Sahara (now called Western Sahara). After Morocco resumed independence in 1956, Ifni remained Spanish until 1969, when Spain agreed to return the territory. The town sits on a plateau above the sea and a small harbor. Located atop the plateau in the center of town, just off the former Plaza de España, now the Place Hassan II. Site open, tower closed as far as is known. ARLHS MOR-012; Admiralty D2616; NGA 23256.
Cap d'Aglou
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 53 m (174 ft); three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 12 s. Described by NGA as a 20 m (66 ft) "metal pylon," it appears that this light is mounted on a tall communications tower seen in Google's satellite view. No photo available. Located on heights about 3 km (1.8 mi) from the coast and 40 km (25 mi) northeast of Sidi Ifni. Site status unknown. Admiralty D2615; NGA 23255.5.
Sidi Ifni Light
Sidi Ifni Light, Ifni, January 2010
Flickr photo copyright Tony Kerr; used by permission
Agadir Grande Jetée (Jetée Ouest) (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); red light occulting twice every 6 s. 7 m (23 ft) square skeletal tower, lower portion enclosed. Fog horn (two 2 s blasts every 30 s). Trabas has Helmut Seger's photo of an earlier light, a distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse marks the entrance to the most important port of southern Morocco. This is undoubtedly a modern light; the city of Agadir was flattened by a great earthquake on 29 February 1960, and it has been rebuilt entirely since then. Located at the end of the west breakwater. Site and tower closed. ARLHS MOR-040; Admiralty D2611; NGA 23244.
Port d'Anza Northwest Jetty (East Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 11 m (36 ft); green flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round barbell-shaped tower, white with a green band at the top. Trabas has Helmut Seger's photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located in the commercial harbor on the west side of Agadir. Site and tower closed. Admiralty D2613.2; NGA 23254.
**** Cap Rhir (Cap Ghir)
1932. Active; focal plane 85 m (279 ft); white flash every 5 s. 41 m (135 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white; lantern roof is unpainted metallic. 1-story keeper's houses and other buildings within a walled enclosure. Andreas Köhler's photo is at right, Moustafa Idrissi Hassani has a 2017 photo, Lightphotos.net has a closeup, Trabas has Helmut Seger's distant view from the sea, and Google has a good satellite view. This lighthouse marks one of the most prominent capes of the Morocco's Atlantic coast. Located atop the cape, beside the main coastal highway (N1) about 40 km (25 mi) northwest of Agadir. Site open, and staff will conduct tours of the tower. ARLHS MOR-005; Admiralty D2608; NGA 23236.

Marrakesh-Safi Province Lighthouses
Cap Sim
Early 1920s. Active; focal plane 103 m (338 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 20 m (66 ft) square stone tower with lantern and gallery, rising in the center of a fort. Light tower painted green with narrow white horizontal bands; the lantern and gallery are white. Lightphotos.net has a photo, several photos (lower part of the page) are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a cape about 20 km (13 mi) south of Essaouira. Site open but reported difficult to reach, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-019; Admiralty D2604; NGA 23232.
* Sidi Magdul (Sidi Megdoul, Mogador, Essaouira)
1903. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white, red, or green light, depending on direction, occulting every 4 s. 15 m (49 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted white with gold trim; lantern painted black. Joe Katrencik has an excellent 2008 photo, Lightphotos.net has a photo, another photo and several additional photos (top part of the page) are available, Trabas has Arno Siering's view from the sea, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. Located beside highway 207 on the south end of the harbor at Essaouira. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-036; Admiralty D2602; NGA 23216.

Cap Rhir Light, Agadir, April 2018
photo copyright Andreas Köhler; used by permission
Cap Hadid
2007. Active; focal plane 48 m (157 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 30 m (98 ft) skeletal tower. Trabas has Arno Siering's distant photo, and Google has a good satellite view. Located on a headland about 25 km (15 mi) northeast of Essaouira. Site and tower closed. Admiralty D2601; NGA 23214.
Safi Môle des Phosphates
Date unknown. Inactive since 2015. 27 m (89 ft) square tower rising from a waterfront building. Mehdi Germouni has a photo, and a Google satellite view shows the building. Located on a pier in Safi. Site status unknown. ARLHS MOR-046; ex-Admiralty D2600.2; ex-NGA 23212.
Safi (Pointe de la Tour)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 90 m (295 ft); white light occulting four times every 12 s. 12 m (39 ft) square cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery rising from one end of a keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white, lantern green. Google has a satellite view. Located on the slope of a prominent headland about 6 km (4 mi) northwest of Safi. Site and tower closed (military base). ARLHS MOR-031; Admiralty D2595; NGA 23180.
* Cap Beddouza (Cap Cantin)
1916. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 19 m (62 ft) square stone tower with lantern and gallery, located in the center of a large square fort. Fort and lighthouse painted white; the lighthouse and the other towers of the fort also have green horizontal bands. Trabas has Arno Siering's closeup photo, Jean-Marc Favre has a fine 2007 photo, another photo is available, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. The area is accessible by road (highway 301). Located on a very prominent cape about 50 km (30 mi) north of Safi. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-014; Admiralty D2592; NGA 23176.

Casablanca-Settat Region Lighthouses
Lalla Fatna
Date unknown (2015?). Active; focal plane unknown; three white flashes, in a 2+1 pattern, every 12 s. Approx. 30 m (98 ft) square skeletal tower. Andreas Köhler's photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. This light made its first appearance in the 2016 NGA List. Located on a high seaside bluff about 12 km (7.5 mi) northeast of Oualidia. Site status unknown. Admiralty D2591.8; NGA 23173.

Lalla Fatna Light, Oualidia, 2018
photo copyright Andreas Köhler; used by permission
Jorf Lasfar (Cap Blanc)
Date unknown (about 1980?). Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); white or red light depending on direction, 4.5 s on, 1.5 s off. 16 m (52 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower. Lighthouse painted white. Yamal Elkhalladi has a photo, a closeup photo is available, Trabas has Arno Siering's distant view, Fabio Torretta has a street view, and Google has a satellite view. Jorf Lasfar is a modern industrial port first developed about 1980; phosphate is exported and coal is imported for a huge power plant that produces 60% of the country's electricity. Located on a headland about 24 km (14 mi) southwest of El Jadida. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-020; Admiralty D2590; NGA 23160.
* Sidi Bou Afi (Mazagan)
1916. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); white flash every 5 s. 46 m (151 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted white, lantern black; masonry gallery is unpainted dark stone. Mustafa Ennaimi's photo is at right, Trabas has Arno Siering's closeup photo, Lightphotos.net has a photo, a 2007 photo is available, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse is a fine example of French lighthouse design. Located in downtown El Jadida. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-011; Admiralty D2588; NGA 23144.
* Sidi Daoui (Cap Mazagan) (?)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) round tower with a flared top, painted with black and white horizontal bands and mounted on a square concrete building. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Andreas Köhler visited this location in April 2018 and found that the tower had been removed. Located on the beach on the northernmost point of land in El Jadida. Site status unknown, but probably open; tower closed. Admiralty D2587.5; NGA 23150.
* Sidi Mesbah
1919. Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); white or red light depending on direction, occulting twice every 6 s. 18 m (59 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern and gallery are green. Trabas has Arno Siering's photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located about 6.5 km (4 mi) east of El Jadida; there is a view from the A-5 expressway to the south. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-037; Admiralty D2584; NGA 23148.
* Sidi Boubker (Pointe d'Azemmour)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); two flashes every 6 s, white or red depending on direction. 14 m (46 ft) round white concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Andreas Köhler has contributed a photo, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view of the station. Located about 1.6 km (1 mi) inland from the coast near Azemmour, about 30 km (19 mi) northeast of El Jadida. Accessible by a gravel road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-029; Admiralty D2582; NGA 23140.
Sidi Bou Afi Light
Sidi Bou Afi Light, El Jadida, September 2008
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Mustafa Ennaimi
* El Hank (Casablanca, Dar-el-Beida)
1919. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); three white flashes every 15 s. 49 m (161 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery. A 2nd order Fresnel lens is in use. Entire lighthouse painted white. A photo is at right, Trabas has a photo by Douglas Cameron, Lightphotos.net has a photo, Wikimedia has several photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Bing has a satellite view. A September 2005 photo by Dan McLean shows the lighthouse painted with elaborate designs, but a March 2006 photo shows it returned to all white. Morocco's tallest traditional lighthouse and the landfall light for Casablanca is located on a headland at the western edge of the city. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-006; Admiralty D2574; NGA 23132.
Casablanca Entrance (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 48 m (157 ft); white or red light depending on direction occulting four times every 12 s. 45 m (148 ft) square light tower with lantern atop a tall pier building; the front of the light tower is painted red with a white vertical stripe. Trabas has Douglas Cameron's photo, and Google has a satellite view. This was formerly the rear light of a range, but the front light was discontinued in 2015. Located on a pier in the central part of Casablanca harbor. Site and tower closed. Admiralty D2568.1; NGA 23128.
Roches-Noires
1919. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, occulting once every 4 s. 19 m (62 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern is red. Andreas Köhler has contributed a photo, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. Although this lighthouse is not in a tourist area, it is close to major streets and the absence of recent photos is surprising. Located to the east of Casablanca harbor, separated from the water by a rail yard. Site and tower closed, but the lighthouse can be seen from nearby. ARLHS MOR-010; Admiralty D2567; NGA 23100.
Oukacha
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); two very quick flashes every 2 s; also a continuous red light at a focal plane of 24 m (79 ft) shown over a sector the west. 20 m (66 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower with lantern and gallery. Lighthouse painted white; lantern is dark red. Andreas Köhler has contributed a photo, Trabas has Helmut Seger's view from the sea, Jalale Hamza has a 2017 closeup of the top of the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky promontory in the eastern part of Casablanca (Dar el-Beida). Site and tower closed, but the lighthouse can be seen from nearby. ARLHS MOR-030; Admiralty D2566; NGA 23096.
El Hank Light
El Hank Light, Casablanca, June 2013
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Frenchinmorocco
Mohammédia Harbor Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane unlisted; red flash every 5 s. Light mounted on the "customs house," according to the Admiralty, but the building appears to the port authority office. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the Rue El Hansali in the Mohammédia harbor area. Site status unknown. Admiralty D2563.1.
Cap de Fédala (Cap Mohammédia)
Date unknown. Inactive. 27 m (89 ft) octagonal tower with lantern and gallery. The tower is described as yellow but it appears to be unpainted white concrete; lantern painted green. Andreas Köhler has contributed a photo, and the lighthouse is centered in a Google satellite view. This light has been dropped from the MTP and NGA Lists. Located in an industrial area of the harbor of Mohammédia (called Fédala until it was renamed for King Mohammed V in 1960), about 35 km (22 mi) northeast of Casablanca (Dar el-Beida). Site and tower closed, but there are distant views from the beach. ARLHS MOR-001; ex-Admiralty D2558; ex-NGA 23052.

Rabat-Salé-Kenitra Region Lighthouse
Sid el Abed
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 15 m (49 ft); light characteristic unknown. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) octagonal white concrete skeletal tower with gallery; a spiral stairway is seen inside the tower. Google has a satellite view. Located on the west breakwater of a yacht club at Témara, about 25 km (15 mi) southwest of Rabat. Site open and tower closed. Site manager: Royal Nautique Club Sid el Abed .
* Rabat (Fort de la Calette)
1920. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); white light occulting twice every 6 s. 24 m (79 ft) round tower with lantern and gallery. NGA describes the tower as being yellow with a black lantern, but Remi Jouan's 2008 photo (at the top of this page) and all other recent photos show it painted all white. A 2010 photo is available, Trabas has Arno Siering's photo, Guyomard and Carceller have a good photo by Jean Besnard, Matt Ravier has a more distant view, Wikimedia has photos, Huelse has a historic postcard view, John McEachen has a street view, and Google has a satellite view. Located just behind the beach on the south side of the harbor of Rabat, Morocco's capital city. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MOR-007; Admiralty D2554; NGA 23036.
Mehdya (Mehdia) Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 74 m (243 ft); white light occulting three times every 12 s. 9 m (29 ft) octagonal cylindrical tower with lantern and gallery. NGA describes the tower as being red, but an MTP photo (no longer online) showed it green with white trim and a white lantern. Andreas Köhler has contributed a photo, and Google has a satellite view. There is a signal station adjacent to the lighthouse. Mehdya is the port district of the Kénitra metropolitan area. Located on the south side of the Oued (river) Sebu entrance in Mehdia, about 35 km (22 mi) north of Rabat. Site and tower closed; the light can be seen from outside the enclosure. ARLHS MOR-044; Admiralty D2540.1; NGA 22944.

Western Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region Lighthouses
* Punta Nador (El Araïch, Larache)
1919. Active; focal plane 80 m (262 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 44 m (144 ft) two-stage octagonal cylindrical tower with lantern and two galleries, rising from a keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white with blue trim; lantern painted blue. The fisheries ministry with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has built a maritime academy adjacent to the light station. A photo is at right, Guyomard and Carceller have a fine photo by Jean Besnard, a 2008 view is available, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the south side of the entrance to the harbor at Larache (El Araïch). Site status unknown. ARLHS MOR-009; Admiralty D2532; NGA 22912.
Larache Light
Punta Nador Light, Larache, May 2009
Panoramio photo copyright elakramine; permission requested
Larache Inner Bar Range Rear
Date unknown (1930s?). Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); continuous red light. 19 m (62 ft) "church tower," presumably a minaret. No further information available. Bing's satellite view of the listed location does not isolate a suitable tower. The front light is also mounted on a building. Site status unknown. ARLHS MOR-043; Admiralty D2526.1; NGA 22932.

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Posted August 18, 2005. Checked and revised March 2, 2018. Lighthouses: 45. Site copyright 2018 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.