MOROCCO, CITIES WITH HISTORY

 

Rabat

Morocco, with its great extension and rich millenarian culture, offers travelers the opportunity to immerse themselves in Arab life and culture, which in some places in Morocco seems unchanged.

FEZ

Fez

 

Labyrinthine, medieval, mysterious, ancient and surprising is the religious, cultural, intellectual capital and the largest craft center in Morocco. It is of great tourist interest for its medina, of medieval origin, the best and largest in Morocco. It also has the honorable title of housing the oldest university in the world, founded by Fatima AlFihri in the year 859.

CASABLANCA

Casablanca

 

Main and largest city of Morocco, with more than three million habitants. It is the cosmopolitan, industrial and economic heart of the country.

It is essential to visit the Mosque of Hassan II. A pharaonic work paid for by all Moroccans in popular subscription completed in 1993. It is located on the beach near the port to the beach and the medina, and rises majestically topped by its minaret of more than 200 meters altitude, the tallest in the world. It is also the only mosque that can be visited by non-Muslims.

Go for a walk along the seafront to the Hank Lighthouse or shopping in the souk are another must-see activity in Casablanca.

MARRAKECH

Marrakech

 

Capital of the south of Morocco. Oasis that formerly attracted the caravans of the south is today the most visited Moroccan city and one of the most important cultural centers of the country. The heat, the dust and the adobe walls make it a uniquely African and Moroccan city, with a very different attitude to the cultured Fez and cosmopolitan Casablanca.

If you are in Marrakech you can not miss the Jemaa el Fna Square, perhaps the most famous enclave of all Morocco, and without a doubt, the nerve center of the city. The square will surprise you as well as its enormous dimensions for being a show in itself.

But this city has many other places of interest such as the El Badi Palace, the Menara Gardens, the Saadian Tombs, the Agdal Gardens and the Ben Youssef Madrasa and several museums, including the Marrakech Museum with ceramic collections, weapons and other traditional objects and the Bert Flint Museum of Moroccan rural art.

MEKNES

Meknes

 

It is the most modest of the four imperial cities, but not for that reason devoid of charm. Since 1996, Unesco has designated Meknes as part of the World Heritage Site, due to its representative character of an urban and architectural complex of a capital of the 17th century Maghreb, which harmoniously combines elements of Islamic and European design and planning.

After touring the walls, getting lost in the medina and haggling in the souks, the traveler must direct his steps towards the Mausoleum of Mulay Ismail, the gates of Bab El Mansur, Bab Berdain and Bab El-Jemis, the Pond of Adgal, the Medersa Bou Inania, the fabulous Gardens of the Sultans, the granaries (Heri es-Suani), the giant stables and the Moroccan Art Museum in Dar Jamai.

RABAT

Rabat

 

Capital of the kingdom, administrative center of Morocco and fourth imperial city. This city is a curious mixture of the historical tradition of the past and the modernity established in the present. It was founded by Abd al-Mumin in the 12th century, and he used the kasbah ("Fortress") as a base to fight against the Spaniards. It was during this period that its most emblematic buildings were built, such as the Hassan Tower and the Kasbah des Oudaias.

Next to the De Hassan tower stands the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, in traditional Moroccan style. We also find the Royal Palace that includes a mosque, a school, several administrative buildings and a residential area

The medina is next to the sea and is quiet and pleasant for the tourist. You can walk easily without feeling the overwhelm of the merchants.

The necropolis of Chellah, is an ancient Roman, medieval and necropolis complex, located on the site of the ancient city of Salé, 2 km from the city center.

ESSAOUIRA

Essauira

 

Essaouira is not just a beautiful walled historic city and beaches, it is much more. - Its unmistakable marine flavor, constantly remembered by the incessant shriek of the seagulls and the continuous trajinar of the fishermen; its breath of artisan and cultural focus, endorsed by the multiple presence of cabinetmaking workshops, painting studios, exhibitions, art galleries, musicians and a long etcetera; and the provincial character of a small city that, in spite of everything, continues to be so, give it a special attraction.

It is worth staying a few days to also know its surroundings of high naturalistic value.

CHEFCHAOUEN

Chefchauen

 

Arriving at the town of Chefchaouen is to know another of the essential places that the traveler should know and visit if he is in Morocco. Its whitewashed blue and white streets of irregular outline invite you to discover each of its corners.

ASILAH

Asilah

 

Asilah is a small town located on the Atlantic coast, about 45 minutes from Tangier.

Dedicated to tourism, crafts, agriculture and fishing, Asilah is a clean place, easy to navigate, and resplendent by the white of its whitewashed walls. It also has the added bonus that practically all its inhabitants speak Spanish.

TANGER

Tanger

 

For more than 2500 years this city has seen Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs, Portuguese, British and Spaniards pass by and all have left their mark on it. Its enormous attraction is not being able to classify it neither as African nor as European, and in spite of everything Moroccan.

The Medina of Tangier has not lost the original charm despite having been modified by the great European influence during the last 140 years, in particular by the construction of numerous homes for diplomats and European personnel. It has the charm of Arab medinas and some areas of walls with circular towers of Portuguese origin.

One of the most popular tourist attractions around this city are the Caves of Hercules. The cave has two openings, one towards the land and another towards the sea, known as "The Map of Africa". It is believed that the Phoenicians created this opening that, seen from the sea, has the shape of the African continent. The cave is the product of the erosion of the wind and the sea, although it has also been used for the extraction of stones from the walls, for mills, expanding the cave considerably.

IFRANE

Ifrane

 

Ifrane, located in the Atlas Mountains, is an amazing city in Morocco, resembling a Swiss mountain village due in large part to French colonization, who built the city as a place to escape during the hot summer months.