Best places to visit in Morocco
What are the best places to visit in Morocco ? The top Morocco touristic attractions.
Top Places to Visit in Morocco
Morocco or the Kingdome of Morocco is amazing country and land of contrastings: Deserts, oceans, Mountains.
Morocco , is a country in North Africa where you can see the Mediterranean fand the Atlantic Ocean from Tangier. The land of unique cultures and wonderful natures, with centuries of charming ancient Muslims, romantic beaches, hot Sahara deserts or winding canyons.
10 best places to visit in Morocco
- Merzouga desert
- Todra Gorge
- Ait Ben Haddou
- Atlas Mountains
- Todra Gorge
Here the best places to visit in Morocco:
1 – Marrakech (The Red City)
Marrakech is also called Red city because of its read walls and streets are painted in red and pink. The City founded at the end of the 12th century, Marrakech was once the official capital of Morocco, playing an important role in the Sup-Saharian trade route. Today Marrakech is the first tourists destination in Morocco and Africa in general.
The places worth to visit in Marrakech Are:
Jemaa el-Fnaa is one of the best-known squares in Africa and is the center of city activity and trade. It has been described as a “world-famous square”, “a metaphorical urban icon, a bridge between the past and the present, the place where (spectacularized) Moroccan tradition encounters modernity.” It has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985.
Souks (Markets): Marrakesh has the largest traditional market in Morocco and the image of the city is closely associated with its souks. Paul Sullivan cites the souks as the principal shopping attraction in the city
Koutoubia Mosque is the largest mosque in the city, in the southwest of the medina quarter of Marrakesh, within sight of the Jemaa al-Fnaa. It was completed under the reign of the Almohad Caliph Yaqub al-Mansur (1184–1199)
Others Attractions: Majorelle Gardens, El Badi Palace, Royal Palace, Bahia Palace, Ben Youssef Mosque, Almoravid Koubba, Saadian Tombs, Tombs of the Seven Saints, Mellah, Berber Museum…
2 – Fez or Fes (Cultural Capital)
Fez is located in northern Morocco.It was founded in 789AD, during the Idrisid dynasty, and Fez is one of the most important historical tourist destinations within the Kingdom. The most well preserved Arab medina in the world, here you can expect to immerse yourself a few centuries back into the past. Inside the old city walls, the University of Al Quaraouiyine stands as the oldest continuously functioning university in the world, founded in 859AD. The second largest city in Morocco, Fez is also inscribed on the UNESCO list as a World Heritage site.
Places to visit in Fes: The royal palace gate. The Jewish quarter called also Mellah. University of Kairouine founded in 859, considered the oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning in the world. The Tannery the traditional place where they make had made leather stuff. Pottery & Zellij Tile Cooperative where old techniques of how Zellij and pottery is made.
3 – Merzouga Desert (Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes)
Merzouga is a small town out on the edge of the Sahara Desert of Erg Chebbi. Merzouga is only 20 km away from Algerian border where the paved road ends and the real Sahara Desert sand dunes begin. Merzouga desert is the most common destination in Morocco for Camel treks and desert camps.
4 – Chefchaouen (The Blue City)
Chefchaouen is a beautiful city located in the northern part of Morocco and along the slopes of the Rif Mountains. Also called blur pearl the houses and walls are painted in vibrant blue and white, the spectacle has made this city famous throughout the world. It is often said that Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque cities of the world. In the center of the old city, the beautiful Uta el-Hammam Square is where you can go to visit the castle, the Grande Mosquee, or El Masjid El Aadam possessing the only octagonal minaret in the world.
5 – Rabat (Administrative Capital)
Rabat, located on the Atlantic coast and at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River, is the capital city of Morocco. A superb travel destination accredited by its vast number of interesting and significant places to visit, Rabat is one of Morocco’s four Imperial cities. The city’s medina is also listed as a World Heritage Site. The most recognized places to visit in Rabat are: the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Hassan Tower, the Kasbah of the Udayas, Chellah Necropolis, Rabat’s old Medina, Saint-Pierre’s Cathedral and Mohammed V Boulevard.
6 – Meknes City
Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco, located in northern central Morocco and the sixth largest city by population in the kingdom. Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes became the capital of Morocco under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727).
Palces to visit in Meknes : Place el-Hedim, Mosques and madrasas, Bab Mansour, Sahrij Swani…
7 – Todra Gorges
Todra Gorges are a series of limestone river canyons, or wadi, in the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, near the town of Tinerhir. Both the Todgha and neighbouring Dades Rivers are responsible for carving out these deep cliff-sided canyons, on their final 40 kilometres (25 mi) through the mountains. The height of the canyon walls can vary, but in some places can be up to 400 metres.
8 – Ksar of Aït Benhaddou
Ksar of Aït Benhaddou is a small Berber town located 25km from Ouarzazate, in southern Morocco. It remains the only UNESCO World Heritage site in this part of the country, as it used to be an important outpost along the former caravan route between the Sahara Desert and Marrakech. The area’s particularity lies in the fact that the whole village is built from mud bricks, using the adobe technique. The views from its hilltop are amazing while, from this perspective, we can immerse ourselves in visiting the old village with its numerous kasbahs. Some parts of the TV series Game of Thrones were shot in Aït Benhaddou, along with several other famous movies such as The Mummy, Gladiator, The Sheltering Sky, The Jewel of the Nile, Kundun and The Kingdom of Heaven.
9 – Ouarzazate City
Ouarzazate nicknamed desert gate, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in the region of Drâa-Tafilalet, south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate is at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains, with a desert to the city’s south.
Berber-speakers make up the majority of the town’s inhabitants, who were responsible for the creation of many of the prominent kasbahs (locally referred to as: iɣeṛman). Ouarzazate is a primary tourist destination in Morocco for holidays, as well as a starting point for excursions into and across the Draa Valley and the desert. Aït Benhaddou (a fortified village) west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10 – Atlas mountains
Atlas mountains are a mountain range in the Maghreb. It separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert. It stretches around 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The range’s highest peak is Toubkal, which is in central Morocco, with an elevation of 4,167 metres The Atlas mountains are primarily inhabited by Berber populations. he terms for ‘mountain’ are adrar and adras in some Berber languages. These terms are believed to be cognates of the toponym Atlas. The mountains are also home to a number of animals and plants which are mostly found within Africa but some of which can be found in Europe. Many of these species are endangered and a few are already extinct.
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