Morocco Top Tourist Destinations
Morocco Top Destinations
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Morocco Top Destinations and Sightseeings
When visiting Morocco, you will have a wide range of destinations and sightseeing options to choose from, destinations that will load your soul with the beauty of this God’s land, and here are some of our favorites:
NORTH MOROCCO DESTINATIONS
TANGIER THE BRIDE OF THE NORTH
The Rif Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea surround it. Tangier is located on Africa’s northernmost tip and is just 40 minutes by ferry from Tarifa, Spain. A booming port has become a center for international trade in the young, modern city. Even though some of the world’s largest cruise ships dock here, visitors are only given 24 hours in Tangier.
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Tangier today is a safe and convenient place to visit. Tourists are not allowed to be harassed at the behest of King Mohammed VI. This adds to the fun of wandering around Tangier’s old city, “The Kasbahs,” landmarks, museums, and boutiques.
Here are some must see places in tnagier and things to do
- Stroll along Boulevard Mohammed VI
- Soak Up Literature At Librairie des Colonnes
- Visit the American Legation Museum
- The Grand Socco & Cinema Rif
- Visit the Caves of Hercules
- Lunch at Le Saveur de Poisson
- Explore & Shop the Ancient Medina – The Kasbah
- Tea Time at Cafe Hafa
- Visit the Kasbah Museum DARL MKHZN
- Wind Down at Les Fils du Détroit
- Dinner at The Morocco Club
- Cap Spartel
- Achakar Beach
CHEFCHAOUEN TH BLUE PEARL OF MOROCCO
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Chefchaouen is a blue washed town nestled in the Riff Mountain region, just three hours from UNESCO Fes. Originally founded by the Mooors who were exiled from Spain, its population has a history of a mix of Muslims and Jews. Both the Moriscos and Jews sought refuge in this mountain town. Today Chefchaouen is frequented by Morocco travelers looking for a respite during their trip as it offers a unique combination of traqulity, good food, activitiies for hikers along with a mix of old world souks and authentic artisans. Chefchaouen is a shoppers paradise for those interested in local crafts and hand made carpets and woolen clothing. Chefchaouen has several boutique guests houses decorated with local crafts with and views of the city and its famed kasbah.
The relentless crashing of the waves against the medina ramparts lulls Asilah into a slower pace of life, perhaps because it is the antithesis of cities like Marrakech. Its close proximity to Spain has had a significant impact on the culture and cuisine of the country, with Spanish often spoken as a second language before French.
It’s just “down the lane” from Tangier, a city I’ve grown to love over the years despite the fact that, like any major city, I believe it can be challenging to navigate as a tourist. I always suggest that first-time tourists travel straight down the coast to Asilah, as it’s the gentlest of introductions to life in a Moroccan medina.
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Arrive at Tangier’s Ibn Battuta Airport, walk out the doors onto the roadside, and jump into the first taxi in line; 45 minutes later, you’ll be at the entrance to Assilah’s medina – the taxi fees are fixed (give or take a few dirhams), and I’ve never had to deal with hard bargaining – which is always a good thing when arriving in a foreign nation!
TITOUAN THE WHITE DOVE OF THE NORTH
Why tetouan worth visiting ? simply because Its medina is whitewashed, with narrow alleyways and animals as the only mode of transportation. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ensanche’s straight lines in a Spanish colonial style contrast with the picturesque style of the Ensanche, which is obviously reminiscent of typical Andalusian architecture. This also acts as a link between the medina and the city’s modern outskirts.
It is an important place to visit because of its many cultural buildings, such as the Royal Palace, the School of Arts and Crafts, and the Ethnographic Museum.
Tetouan stands out among Moroccan cities because of its continuing links to Spain, which can be seen not only in the Spanish on some signs but also in the influence of Spanish architecture on its streets.
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As a consequence, Tetouan can be considered a city of great contrasts and distinct areas, where we can go from the confusion of the medina to the clarity of the Ensanche architecture in a single phase, all of which are filled with various cultural buildings and a strong Spanish influence.
MIDDLE MOROCCO AND IMPERIAL CITIES DESTINATIONS
MARRAKECH OLD MEDINA
Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural centre for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to Andalusia. It has several impressive monuments dating from that period: the Koutoubiya Mosque, the Kasbah, the battlements, monumental doors, gardens, etc. Later architectural jewels include the Bandiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef Madrasa, the Saadian Tombs, several great residences and Place Jamaâ El Fna, a veritable open-air theatre.
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Founded in 1070-1072 by the Almoravids (1056-1147), capital of the Almohads (1147-1269), Marrakesh was, for a long time, a major political, economic and cultural centre of the western Muslim world, reigning in North Africa and Andalusia. Vast monuments dating back to that period: Koutoubia Mosque, with the matchless minaret of 77 metres, an essential monument of Muslim architecture, is one of the important landmarks of the urban landscape and the symbol of the City, the Kasbah, ramparts, monumental gates and gardens. Later, the town welcomed other marvels, such as the Badiâ Palace, the Ben Youssef merdersa, les Saâdians tombs, Bahia Palace and large residences. Jamaâ El Fna Square, inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, is a true open-air theatre that always amazes visitors. Due to its still protected, original and well conserved conception, its construction materials and decoration in constant use, and its natural environment (notably the Gardens of Aguedal, Ménara and the Palm Grove (Palmeraie) the plantation of which is attributed to the Almoravids), the Medina of Marrakesh possesses all its initial components both cultural and natural that illustrate its Outstanding Universal Value.
BEN YOUSSEF MADRASSA
One of Marrakech’s leading landmarks and historial sites, the Ben Youssef Medersa is an Islamic School that is attached to the Ben Youssef Mosque. The Ben Youssef Medersa is home to some of the most beautiful architecture in Marrakech. Founded in the 14th Century this grand university and mosque was rebuilt by the Saadians. On a sunny Marrakech day the Ben Youssef Medersa shines with its exquisite stuccowork, colorful Moroccan zellij tiles and cedar carved decor. Arabic poetry in caligraphy form appears throughout the mosqu. Ben Youssef is remarkably similar to the Alhambra palace in Granada given the artists who created this majestic structure were likely brought from Andalusia. Travelers to the Ben Youssef Medersal can overnight in Marrakech as the bustling city offers some of the Best Boutique Riads and Hotels in the country with a keen combination of luxury amenities. Marrakech, Morocco was voted by Trip Advisor as the one of the Top 10 Destinations to Visit.
HASSAN 2 MOSQUE
The Grand White Hassan II Mosque is one of Morocco’s most outstanding sites. The Hassan II Mosque, situated in Casablanca with views of the Atlantic Ocean is the largest Mosque in Morocco and the 13th largest in the world. Its minerat is the tallest in the world. Built by the French industrial group Bouygues, and designed by architect Michel Pinseau the mosque is over sixty stories high and has a special lazer that beams towards Mecca. The land on which the Hassan II Mosque was built once served as a public swimming pool. The Hassan II’s promotory overlooks the Atlantic ocean and the residential quarter of Casablanca called Anfa. The Grand White Mosque can accommodate over 105,000 worshipers, 25 on the interio and 60,000 on the exterior. Commissioned by Hassan II to being one of Morocco’s most spectacular and ambitious structures, the Hassan II Mosque was made with important marble, granite, carved wood, plaster, traditional zellij tilework and has crystal chandeliers. Visiting the Hassan II Mosque is a requirement for every Moroccan traveler. It is a site that must not go unseens. Casablanca has many Boutique and Luxury High end hotels where travlers can stay.
IFRAN THE SWEEZERLAND OF MOROCCO
Ifrane, Morocco is a nestled town in the Middle Atlas Mountains. Becoming known as Africa’s “Little Switzerland,” it just so happens to be near a ski resort.At altitude of 1650 meters–complete with cedar and oak forests–Ifrane boasts loads of powdery snow in the winter. In the summer, too, Ifrane is known as a cool city. Depending on which guidebook you consult, Ifrane is the coldest city in Africa.
Six miles from Ifrane is the Mischliffen ski area. Fast becoming the place to ski in Morocco, it has ski slopes and (as yet non-functioning) ski tows to the top of the mountain. Guides and outfitters in Morocco can set up your ski vacation complete with all the equipment you need, though your choices will be limited.
As with most cities in Morocco, Ifrane comes with a long and interesting history. Known as Oufrane by the Jews, it was reputed to be the ancient capital of a Jewish Kingdom around 500 B.C.E.
Jews fleeing King Nebuchadnezzar found refuge here. In later centuries, Arabs and Romans found their way here too. Ifrane soon became an important stop for caravans coming from the Sahara Desert, carrying such things as amber, ostrich feathers, gold and other riches to the port of Mogador (present day Essaouria) on the Atlantic coast.
Ifrane’s name comes from the Berber language meaning “caves.” In its early beginning, many people carved their living space in the nearby hills. You can see them all around. If you go exploring, or on a trek or hike in Morocco here, then it’s best for you to have a guide to the area, or get hold of a Morocco tour operator. It is easy to get confused and lose your way among all the mule, donkey and caravan trails. Seeing the aforementioned caves is an interesting way to spend any afternoon.
Today, Ifrane is probably one of the cleanest cities in Morocco. The housing and infrastructure was built in the late 1920s by the French. The town was designed with coolness in mind–colonial families would spend the hot summers away from cities, such as Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech.
Initially planned as a garden city, it was laid out with curvy tree-lined streets interlaced with gardens and green areas. Originally, it had four chalet styled homes and a palace for the sultan. A post office was erected and a church was later added.
IMPERIAL CITY OF FEZ
The Fes Medina is a UNESCO Heritage site and the 4th largest city in Morocco. Often referred to as a living museum, Fes el Bali is a walled medina that is reached through the Bab Boujloud (Blue Gate) or one of its other 13 gates. The Fes medina is a labyrinth of sloping alleyways that are crammed with food stalls, workshops and dozens of neighborhoods each with its own bread oven, hammam (bathhouse), water fountain and local mosque. Fes is known for its famed interior medina, commerical centers that produce cotton, fabric, silk, brocade work, potterie and other local goods. Each district in the Fes medina has its own specailty ranging from enampled pottery to carpets, wrough iron, wedding items, a dyers souk of yarns and leather. Historically Fes has several landmarks not to be missed such as the Jewish Mellah and Ibn Danen Syngogue, Maimonidies house, the Kairouine Mosque, Bou Inania Madrasa, Moulay Idriss Mosque, the Dar Batha Museum and Gardens along with the many exotic food stalls. Fes has a variety of charming Boutique Riads and Luxury Hotels with magnficient architecture and cuisine for Morocco Travelers. Fes has been written up in the New York Times, CNN Travler, Bloomberg and the London Telegraph at one of the Top 10 Destinations in Morocco not to be missed.
Archaeological Site of Volubilis
The Mauritanian capital, founded in the 3rd century B.C., became an important outpost of the Roman Empire and was graced with many fine buildings. Extensive remains of these survive in the archaeological site, located in a fertile agricultural area. Volubilis was later briefly to become the capital of Idris I, founder of the Idrisid dynasty, who is buried at nearby Moulay Idris.
Volubilis contains essentially Roman vestiges of a fortified municipium built on a commanding site at the foot of the Jebel Zerhoun. Covering an area of 42 hectares, it is of outstanding importance demonstrating urban development and Romanisation at the frontiers of the Roman Empire and the graphic illustration of the interface between the Roman and indigenous cultures. Because of its isolation and the fact that it had not been occupied for nearly a thousand years, it presents an important level of authenticity. It is one of the richest sites of this period in North Africa, not only for its ruins but also for the great wealth of its epigraphic evidence.
The archaeological vestiges of this site bear witness to several civilizations. All the phases of its ten centuries of occupation, from prehistory to the Islamic period are represented. The site has produced a substantial amount of artistic material, including mosaics, marble and bronze statuary, and hundreds of inscriptions. This documentation and that which remains to be discovered, is representative of a creative spirit of the human beings who lived there over the ages. The limit of the site is represented by the Roman rampart constructed in 168-169 AD. The features of the site reveal two topographic forms: a relatively flat sloping area in the North-Eastern part, the monumental sector and a part of the sector of the triumphal arch, where the Romans employed an urban hypodamian system, and a rougher hilly area covering the South and Western parts where a terraced plan was adopted. The vestiges bear testimony to diverse periods, from Mauritanian times when it was part of an independent kingdom, to the Roman period when it was a metropolis of the Roman province of Mauritania Tingitana, a period called the « dark ages » with towards the end a Christian era, and finally an Islamic period characterised by the founding of the dynasty of the Idrissids.
MOLAY DRISS EZZARHOUN
The whitewashed town of Moulay Idriss sits astride two green hills in a cradle of mountains slightly less than 5km from Volubilis and is one of the country’s most important pilgrimage sites. Given its picturesque setting, pretty historic core and national importance, it’s a mystery why more tourists don’t visit. The good news is that its lack of popularity means you can often have the place all to yourself.
Essaouira is known as Morocco’s windy city. A combination of spectacular beaches, great sea. the almost constant tropical trade winds have changed this city from a hardworking port into one of the world’s greatest sites for windsurfing, kiteboarding, and other exhilarating watersports. The city has a dual heritage and this can be seen in the mighty walls that surround this old Moroccan trade center. Once a Portuguese fortress, rusting cannons between the ramparts still point out to sea, and there is a certain European feel to the construction of the city once known as Mogador. However, the narrow winding streets are filled with the sound of Gnaoua singing, women in white haiks weave their way through the alleys of the old medina, and palm trees cast their shadows across the walls of white-washed houses. At its heart Essaouira is, and always has been, a Moroccan city.
The waterfalls of Ouzoud should be classified in one of the “wonders of nature” of Morocco About 330 feet high, the waterfall is northeast of Marrakech about 150km.Among the olive trees at the foot of the Cascades. This path offers on the falls points more and more narrow express sites.
The waterfall is also “off-off” beaten paths.But the trip is well worth the effort.Travel on the well-built path through the olive trees at the back of the gorge and look towards the waterfalls. water on the edge above you.You can have lunch at your leisure at one of the cafes serving a delicious lunch location next to the creek, enjoying views of the waterfalls
SOUTHERN MOROCCO DESTINATIONS
The High Atlas is a mountain range that runs from the coast of Morocco towards Alergia. The range includes Toubkal National Park, which contains Morocco’s highest peak, Jbel Toubkal (At 13,667 feet/4,167 meters). The Berber village of Imlil is a good place to start the climb of Toubkal. The highest peak in North Africa. the High Atlas offers outdoor recreation opportunities year round, from snow sports (in Oukaimeden) in the winter to hiking in the summer. The best places to visit in the atlas are the Ouzoud waterfalls in the Moyen Atlas (150 km northeast of Marrakech), the Todra Gorge in the eastern part of the High Atlas, near the town of Tinghir. Both the Todra and neighboring Dades rivers have carved out steep cliff-sided canyons through the mountains. The last 600 meters (2,000 feet) of the Todra gorge is the most spectacular. On the edge of the High Atlas Mountains is Aït-Benhaddou kasbah, a traditional Mud Brick city that has appeared in many movies including Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, and Gladiator.
Aït Benhaddou is a picturesque village in the region of Ouarzazate. Aït Benhaddou is one of many locations in this region used for shooting Hollywood films. Lawrence of Arabia, Prince of Persia, Kundun, Kingom of Heave, The Mummy, The Wind and the Lion, Gladiator and the Jewel of the Nile were all filmed here. Orson Welles used it as a location for Sodome and Gomorrah; and for Jesus of Nazareth the whole lower part of the village was rebuilt. In recent years more controlled restoration has been carried out under UNESCO auspices. Ait Ben Haddou is made up of six Kasbahs (forts) and approximately fifty small palace structures. Travelers can climb to the top or take a donkey across the river to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site and revel in the panoramic views. Travelers can overnight in on of Ait Ben Haddous many boutique Hotels and enjoy vies of Ait Ben Haddou which is one of Morocco’s Top 10 Attractions.
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Ouarzazate is not the prettiest city, but then that’s probably not why you’re visiting. No, for most of us that choose to walk it dusty streets, it’s simply a logical stopping-off point between the orange dunes in the east and the tourist hot-spot of Marrakech.
Strategically located Ouarzazate (war-zazat) has gotten by largely on its wits instead of its looks. For centuries, people from the Atlas, Draa and Dadès Valleys converged to do business at Ouarzazate’s sprawling Taourirt Kasbah, and a modern garrison town was established here in the 1920s to oversee France’s colonial interests. The movie business gradually took off in Ouarzazate after the French protectorate left in the 1950s, and ‘Ouallywood’ movie studios have built quite a resume providing convincingly exotic backdrops for movies supposedly set in Tibet, ancient Rome, Somalia and Egypt.
Things to do in ouarzazat
- CATCH SUNRISE OR SUNSET AT AIT BEN HADDO
- TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME AT TELOUET KASBAH
- AN AFTERNOON AT FINT OASIS
- HAVE A QUAD ADVENTURE
- VISIT THE FILM STUDIOS
- TAKE A DESERT TOUR
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ERG CHEBBI SAHARA DESERT
Erg Chebbi are Morocco’s highest sand dunes located in the Great South. They are the location where travelers seek the most adventure ranging from camel trekking to quad riding, sandboarding and desert camping. Located forth kilometers from the town of Erfoud and just 30 minutes from the Sahara town of Rissani, Erg Chebbi are the first accessable dunes from Ouarzazate. Erg Chebbi stretches to the Algeria border. Visiting Erg Chebbi is ideal during all seasons except July – August and January – February when the temperate weather is offset by a hot summer and cold windy, winter. Travelers who visit Erg Chebbi have the option of overnighting in a Luxury Desert Camp or a Standard Desert Camp among the dunes. Erg Chebbi is considered to be one of Morocco’s Top 10 Destinations for travelers on an adventure holiday.
Erg Chigaga sahara dunes is a much younger and less-frequented destination. Erg chegaga dunes are in the southeast of Marrakech, towards the Algerian border and they’re located over 60 kilometers away from the nearest town Mhamid. The desert is somehow more vaste and wild here. Those opting for an Erg Chigaga desert tour should expect a rustic experience, without access to nearby hotels. This desert tour requires at least 3 days of travel through Ait Benhaddou, Draa valley palm groves and a rocky desert landscape before reaching the sahara dunes. The Erg chigaga desert tour is fascinating, the sahara desert trip that offer you the opportunity to ride a camel, climb sahara dunes, run the cinnamon-and-sugar sand grains through your fingers, admire picturesque views and sleep in tents or under the stars.
The other sahara dunes are Erg Chebbi dunes in Merzouga. Erg Chebbi dunes are more popular and reach a height of up to 150 meters in places and altogether span over an area of 50 kilometers. Hotels align on the edge of the desert, giving travelers the option of spending the night in the comfort of a traditional hotel room or in a luxury camp and then exploring the Merzouga desert and its surrounding by day.
The Dades Valley is one of Morocco’s leading natural wonders with it’s magnficent limestone cliffs and uniquely shaped eronisons that look like monkey’s fingers. The Dades Valley has narrow winding roads referred to as the Dades pins which makeup the Dades Gorge. The Dades Gorge itself is surrounded by flowered fields, oasis banks and ancient ksars. In springintime the Dades brims will color and in winter it is dry, somewhat harsh. The Dades is ideal for trekkers who enjoy steep, challenging hiiking experiences and for travelers who want a quiet, sceney overnight experience with views. Both the Dades Gorge and the Todra Gorge have some of the most spectacular scenery Morocco’s south. The Dades Valley has many boutique guest houses with panoramic views of the Gorge which is a Top 10 Destination for Morocco travelers.
The Gorge of Todra is a grand canyon and one of Morocco’s natural wonders. It is located south of Ouarzazate. It’s giantic rock has a wall of colors that created a colorufl spectacle that changes throughout the day from the natural sunlight. The Todra Gorge’s is perfect for hikers and travelers who have a penchatn for natural scenery and offers an unforgettable trekking experience. At the foot of the Todra Gorge travelers will find Nomad women and children fetching water for their villages. The Gorge offers dramatic scery and panoramic views. The Gorge is surrounded by cliffs and extends from the village of Tamatouche to the provenc of Tinerhir. The Todra Gorge has many boutique guests houese that offer panoramic views of the foot of the Gorge’s floor.
If you haven’t heard anything about Dakhla you’re missing out a lot.Africa, the Sahara Desert, wind, lagoon, waves, ancient culture, remoteness- are exactly the words to describe this place. For those who want to experience something completely different from Europe is the right place to choose. Relatively close to Europe but something out of the ordinary list.
Dakhla is a city located on a 50km long narrow peninsula of the Atlantic Coast, where on the one side you can find a flat-water lagoon and on the other side some world-class waves. It’s around 1000 kilometers south of Marrakesh and this place is becoming one of the top water sports destinations.
We recommend to visit Dakhla more than once in your life and here are 10 reasons why.
- WORLD CLASS WAVES
- WORLD KITESURFING & SURFING EVENTS
- FRESH SEA FOOD
- MOROCCAN SPA
- AUTHENTIC BUNGALOWS NEXT TO THE LAGOON
- ANCIENT CULTURE
- OTHER ACTIVITIES To CHOOSE FROM
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