Rabat - Legzira Beach boasted two impressive rock archways which have attracted millions of tourists from around the world to this natural wonder.
Rabat – Legzira Beach boasted two impressive rock archways which have attracted millions of tourists from around the world to this natural wonder.
But now there is only one left.
One of the arches, formed by thousands of years of erosion, collapsed on Friday afternoon into a pile of red rubble.
It is not known what caused the collapse, but the movement of the sea could be a factor. A large crack appeared on the southern face of the arch in March after a chunk of it fell off, Ifnipress reported. Legzira beach is eight miles from the city of Sidi Ifni.
What a huge loss ..
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There are no reports of injuries or fatalities due to the collapse of the archway.
The ochre limestone archways have long been a tourist attraction for Morocco. Many visitors to Agadir would make plans to travel 93 miles south to see these arches and enjoy what is cited as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Legzira Beach was ranked 29th among the 40 best beaches on earth in 2014. Noted as “A Jewel of Northwest Africa,” the beach was one of the preferred destinations for surfers and foreign tourists because of its serenity and scenic sunsets.
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The loss of the arch could impact on Morocco’s tourism sector.
The city of Agadir has seen a measurable decline in tourism over the past two years. Agadir’s tourism indicates a sharp decline in 2015 compared to 2014, according to the latest figures by the Regional Tourism Center (TRC) for December 2015.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Agadir has seen a decline in the first half of 2016 as well.
Many Moroccans and travelers who have been to Legzira beach mourn the loss of this iconic arch.