Al Hoceima is mainly known as a beach resort. It is a pleasant place to rest while touring the Rif. Al Hoceima was built by the Spanish in 1926, after they suppressed a Rif rebellion. The Spanish influences remain, however most new construction is cheap North African style.
The Plage Quemado is right in the center of town between two massive sea cliffs. There are a couple of quieter beaches a few km out of town on the Nador road. From certain points on this road, you can catch a glimpse of the Spanish-controlled island of Penon de Alhucemas. It can be a beautiful site, with its white church and tower in the Mediterranean-blue sea, however it is used mainly as a prison and military base.