Morocco Travel Destinations & Suggested Accommodation
Morocco, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is located in North Africa with the Atlantic Ocean that lies to the west and the Mediterranean to the North and has a population of over 32 million. From the Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco is the perfect tailor-made destination for second time travellers. The capital city is Rabat on the Atlantic Coast and Casablanca that is also on the Atlantic Coast is the country’s main port. The city of Fes is the spiritual and cultural centre of Morocco and extremely famous for their ancient university. Another important trade centre is the Marrakesh (main city of Southern Morocco), an oasis at the edge of the desert and then Tangier in the north which is famous for many writers and artists who have lived in the area. Morocco is the only African state that is not a member of the African Union, as they had a unilateral withdrawal on 12 November 1984. In the south and east, lies the world’s largest desert, the Sahara Desert, and in Arabic its name means “wilderness”. Along the coastline of the Atlantic lies the fertile plain which stretches to the Atlas mountains. The from the west to the east there is another mountain range, called the Rif Mountain, a short distance from the Mediteranean coast. From nature to culture,religion to architecture…Morocco is a destination worth including on your bucket list.
The city of Marrakesh was founded in the 11th century. Often spelt as Marrakech, this city derives its from Berber words mur and akush, meaning the 'Land of God'. Earlier it was the capital of a great empire which stretched from Spain to Senegal. Located at the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, it is the third largest city in Morocco, and also the capital of the Marrakech-Tensift-El-Haouz region. This city is a perfect combination of African and European cultures that display a perfect mix of eastern and western zones and features bohemia and high culture. Modern Arab cities featuring the latest infrastructure and Berber villages are spread all around Marrakesh are capable of taking the visitors on a Marrakesh Morocco Journey back into time. Morocco offers breath taking sceneries like the magnificent snow-capped Atlas Mountains are in its backdrop which makes it even more beautiful. Furthermore, the palm groves which are about a thousand years old, wrapped in faded red ochre walls can leave anyone enchanted.
Interesting facts on this popular vacation destination in Morocco:
- "It is also known as the 'red city' because of its ochre walls and pink buildings.
- "Marrakesh medina has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- "This wonderful city is an ideal starting point for visitors who wish to travel to the Sahara Desert, Atlas
- Mountains or towards the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.
- "Esther Freud's autobiography 'Hideous Kinky' features Marrakesh as its setting.
- "Popular among film makers. The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Mummy are some of the movies that
were filmed in Marrakesh.
Our recommended places to visit while in Marrakech.
The city has a number of museums which are of great interest to the visitors. Dar Si Said Museum is a very famous museum of Moroccan Arts that contains collections of carpets, Berber jewelry and leather goods. Other than that, at the Museum of Islamic Arts, Majorelle Garden visitors during their Marrakesh Morocco Journey get the opportunities to learn more about religion of Islam through paintings, handicrafts and pottery which are about hundred years old. The Museum of Marrakesh is located in the old center of the city and it holds great examples of prehistoric coins, books and pottery from Berber, Arab and Jewish cultures.
Djemaa el Fna
Djemaa el Fna: in case you are looking for a place to shop for fine Berber carpets, kilims, caftans, leather goods, silver jewelry, copperware and gorgeous antiques, the Djemaa el Fna square is the perfect place. The essence of the place is filled with vividly decorated spices, captivating melody, deluxe carpets, delicious cuisine and beautiful gardens. In the evening the square is filled with hums of dancers, forune tellers, musicians and magical snake charmers for entertaining visitors who are on their Marrakesh Morocco Journey.
The narrow lane of the medina which radiates from the Djemma el Fna is the entry passage to the labyrinthine medina that hides sultan’s palaces, the ornate mansions and a lively souk. Visitors on Marrakesh Morocco Journey can purchase authentic Moroccan handicrafts, souvenirs and decoration pieces for friends and families.
Casablanca is a widely famous city of Morocco. The city was founded in 7th century when the nomadic Berber people decided to settle down. In 1580 to 1640, the city was ruled by Spanish and Portuguese rulers and was left later when the city was destroyed due to an earthquake. It was later rebuilt by Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah and presently it stands as the business capital of Morocco. It is highly industrialized and a popular holiday destination as it gives the visitors on Casablanca Morocco Travel a glimpse of the modern life of Morocco. Casablanca souks and markets sell all the traditional as well as modern goods. Visitors can explore various architectures in the day and relax at the night clubs and restaurants at nights. Casablanca Morocco Travel is a popular among visitors for its perfect exotic blend of ancient and modern lifestyles. Casablanca Attractions: (again these attractions (The Old Medina and New Medina, Hassan, Place Mohammed V and The Marabout) can all be in that dark block that it is in now, but inside the Casablanca big block.)
The Old & New Medina
Old Medina is famous among visitors for buying exquisite jewelry, handicrafts and decoration items. It is a completely traditional town with an 18th century fortress and it also has the tomb of Saint Sidi Alla El-Kairouani, the patron saint of the city. The New Medina on the other hand was created by French architects as modern casbah which are also called Habous Quarter.
Hassan to Mosque
These are one of the most famous religious structures in Casablanca in Morocco. The mosque can accommodate around 25,000 worshippers inside and around 80,000 worshippers in the courtyard. The mosque is spread in an area of nine hectares and contains a spacious museum, library, hamam and conference facilities. It welcomes every religion and even non-muslims can take special guided tours around the mosque during Casablanca Morocco Travel.
Place Mohammed V
It is one of the most popular and desired destinations for visiting public squares in Morocco. Visitors can find numerous government offices, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants in this square. People who like to explore diverse architecture the city of Casablanca is a perfect place to find some wonderful works of French colonial architecture.
It is located on a small rocky island which can be accessed when the tide is low. Known as a religious site this place is believed to be the burial place of holy men. It is famous among visitors from foreign countries and pilgrims come here for its religious significance and to explore the great healing powers this place is known to have.
Rabat is the capital and the fourth imperial city of the kingdom of Morocco. It is also the capital of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region and the city carries the perfect blend of the traditional and modern culture. The city reflects traditional as well as modern facets of Morocco. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean near the river Bou Regreg, the city came into existence in the third century BC when Chellahon settled near the banks of Oued Bou Regreg. The city has an interesting past, as in 40AD it was taken over by Romans and was named Sala Colonia. They settled in the city and stayed for as long as 250AD, which was later taken over by Berber rulers. Later in 1146, Almohad ruler Abd Al-Mu’min made Rabat into a fortress which was used as a starting point for attacking Spain. By 1170 the city was named Ribatu I-Fath which meant ‘stronghold of victory.
Mausoleum of Mohammed V
The tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Addallah are situated at Mausoleum of Mohammed V which is a very famous attraction during Rabat Morocco travel. It is located opposite to the Hassan Tower and is a marvelous masterpiece of brilliant architecture, which reflects the modern Alaouite dynasty structural designing style. Besides this, the white silhouette adorned with typical green tiled roof makes it look remarkable.
Hassan Tower is also known as Tour Hassan and it is an incomplete mosque in Rabat, Morocco. Sultan Yacoub Al-Mansour laid the foundation of this tower in 1195 AD but it was later stopped in 1199 after the Sultan’s misfortunate death. This tower was imagined to be the largest minaret of the area with an estimated height of 86m (260 ft). It is made of red sandstone and measures 44m (140ft) tall and is often visited by visitors during Rabat Morocco travel.
Chellah is a necropolis located at the outskirts of Rabat. It features ancient and medieval ruins. It is the most ancient human settlement which was situated on the banks of river Bou Regreg. The ruins of many Roman towns like the Decumanus Maximus provide a magnificent view of architectural elements. Many structures in Chellah unfortunately got destroyed in the 18th century massive earthquake so it has been converted into a garden and visitor venue. It is one of the most visited destinations by visitors on a Rabat Morocco travel.
Kasbah of the Udayas
It was constructed during the sovereignty of the Almohads. It was reconstructed in AH 544/ AD 1150 and also added a beautiful palace and mosque which was named Al-Mahdiyya after Yaqub Al- Mansur.
Fès or Fez is the third largest city of Morocco after Casablanca and Rabat. From 1170 and 1180, Fès is believed to be the largest city in the world. It is located at the foothills of Atlas Mountains in a beautiful valley and surrounded by magnificent mountains. Fès is one of the four imperial cities and is also considered as the sacred and holiest city after Mecca and Medina by Muslims. Marrakesh, Meknes and Rabat are the other three famous imperial cities of Morocco. Fès is divided into three districts: The city is divided into three districts namely Fès el-Bali or Old Fès, Fès el-Jdid or New Fès, and the modern French built Ville Nouvelle. Fès el-Bali is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This district is also believed to be the largest car-free urban area in the world. The University of Al-Karaouine, one of the world’s oldest continuous operating universities founded in 859 AD is located in Fès. Visitors during Fez Morocco Journey must not miss the chance of visiting this historically, architecturally and culturally rich city. Visitors on Morocco tours can find many fascinations in the markets of this Moroccan city and can spend hours wandering and exploring. The friendly people, excellent food and interesting sites make this place a must visit. The city is famous for a variety of dried fruits, leather goods, ceramics and textiles. Fès is also popular for its tanneries: The process of making leather in this city is the same as that was used during the middle ages. It is a prime attraction as visitors on a Fez Morocco Journey can walk through the narrow paths which are surrounded by tanneries and can watch the leather being rinsed, the creaking water wheels and huge vats full of lye. The buildings that face these tanneries are covered with pelts of leather that is hung to be dried. The best time to visit these tanneries is early morning as in the later hours stench of leather sets. People can opt for guided Morocco Tours through Fès city and it is suggested that they ask their hotel staff to arrange a genuine and knowledgeable guide for them. The World Sacred Music Festival: This festival is held in Fès every year and it lasts for a week. Artists from all over the world come here to demonstrate the sacred musical traditions of the countries they represent. The concept of this music Festival was founded in 1994 by Faouzi Skali, a Moroccan scholar and philanthropist. Other than that, numerous madrasas or religious schools and mosques etc can also be visited during Fez Morocco Journey to this wonderful city. The sacred monuments at the city, other than their historical and religious significance are also known for their wonderful architecture.