Apart from some of the best places to visit in Morocco, the Kingdom also bring you to a culture and lifestyle. The four imperial cities, Rabat, Meknès, Fez, and Marrakech are despite their distinctive attractions of equal interest, but only if sufficient time is available should all four be attempted at a first visit. Second in importance to them would be a trip to the Deep South.
Antiquity seekers will want to stop and investigate the Roman city of Volubilis and other ancient sites; The four major main mountain regions “the Rif, Middle Atlas, High Atlas and Anti-Atlas ranges”; The pre-Saharan desert area in the south and the accessible parts of the Mediterranean coast provide magnificent scenery. For winter sports go to Ifrane or Oukaimeden; For summer bathing to Tangier, Al Hoceima, Mohammedia, Essaouira, M’Diq, or Agadir.
In any case, Morocco is a country that requires a good deal of time to see it thoroughly and to get really acquainted with it.
Chefchaouen, Blue City of Morocco
One of the most charming and best places to visit in Morocco is Chefchaouen. This delightful town, set on a wide valley in the Rif Mountains, has long been a favorite with travelers. It’s relatively hassle-free, the air is cool and clear, there’s more kif than you can poke a pipe at, and the medina is clean, small, and manageable. Once the domain solely of bleary backpackers, Chefchaouen is now enjoyed by all types of tourists! Which has made it a relatively prosperous place and spawned an array of increasingly upmarket restaurants, hotels, and boutiques. With its cheery white and blue houses and unique atmosphere, it’s a wonderful place to chill out for a couple of days. In fact, most people find it hard to tear themselves away.
Visit Fez Medina One of The Best Places To Visit in Morocco
Before plunging into Fès el Bali, it’s imperative to employ a guide; as otherwise, it’s difficult to find all the places of interest and very easy to become lost. Licensed guides can be hired at the tourist office, the “Syndicat d’initiative”, or at any àf the larger hotels.
In Fez you will discover amazing ancient sites like Bab Boujloud the gate of the Medina, The Bou Inania mèdersa, built in the 1350s, is one of the glories of Hispano-Moorish architecture. Souk el Attarin (the perfumers’, or spice-merchants market). Sanctuary of Moulay Idriss II, builder of Fez and son of the first Moroccan Arab sovereign. The great jewel of Fès el Bali is undoubtedly the Karaouine mosque, first built in the late 9th century on the orders of a woman from Kairouan (Tunisia). Place es Seffarin “square of the brass-and copper-worker”. Finally Leather Tanneries In Fez “Chouara tannery”.
Jemaa el Fna Square in Marrakech
This is surely among the best places to visit in Morocco. Jemaa el Fna is the heart of traditional Marrakesh. Don’t let the ranks of taxis and the rows of rickety souvenir stands fool you into thinking that this place is now merely a tourist domain. There are lots of tourists both Moroccan and foreign but they pour into the square along with the local people to experience this open-air entertainment center. In the course of a single afternoon and evening you can buy a dress, have a meal, listen to a Moslem preacher (sometimes complete with his own little loudspeaker); watch a man eat fire, or glass, or drink boiling water, have your fortune told, or test your aim in a shooting gallery.
Volubilis One of The Best Historique Places to Visit in Morocco
From Moulay Idriss, it is only a short drive or taxi-ride of 3 kilometers to Volubilis, the site of the most extensive and impressive Roman ruins in Morocco. The approach to the old regional Roman capital is through rolling hills, orchards, and fields.
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Volubilis was a flourishing Roman city during the lifetime of Christ. As one of the most important cities in the Mauretania Tingitana province of North Africa, it was a rich and monumental place, and many vestiges of these days of glory survive. Pay the small admission fee, and follow the path down steps adorned with inscriptions and statuary. Little red arrows point out the route of the visitors’ path (Chemin des visiteurs) which winds past temples, baths, and a triumphal arch. The most impressive ruins are those of the Forum, Capitol, and Basilica which you come to early along, and the houses and palaces which line the Decumanus Maximus, Volubilis’ main streets.
Under 3km (2 miles) from Volubilis, the holy town of Moulay Idriss tumbles down the slopes of its twin hills, Khiber and Tasga. In between the two peaks lies the tomb and shrine of Moulay Idriss I, the 8thcentury founder of Morocco’s first Arab dynasty.
For much of the year the town is a sleepy backwater, but each September it is the focus for an annual festival in Morocco (holy moussem) when thousands of pilgrims gather at the shrine of Morocco’s first sultan. Both shrines and mosques are barred to non-Muslims, and visitors are not allowed to stay overnight in the town, but the setting is reason enough to visit.
Ait Benhaddou located 32km from Ouarzazate, is one of the most Stunning and best-preserved places to visit in the kingdom of Morocco. Ait Benhaddou is very famous in Hollywood and Arabic films, therefore being used for scenes of more than 20 films, particularly Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth, and, more recently, Gladiator. The kasbah’s reputation may withstand in the film but its population has flourished in recent years. The kasbah is now under Unesco protection.
The Ait Benhaddou Kasbah located on the other edge of the largely dried-up Oued Ounila. Some inhabitants generously allow you to show their traditional houses, and you’ll possibly have bought a ticket around 10 Dh to gain entry through one of these to the kasbah. At the top of Kasbah, there are stunning views of the periphery palmeraie and, beyond, the arid desert.
The Dades Gorge
Another one of the best places to visit in Morocco on your next visit is the Dades Valley. The drive up to the gorge is pleasant, taking you past almond and fig trees, some fabulous rock formations, and impressive kasbahs and ksars.
few days in the gorge, watching nomads’ life with their goats. buy fossils from a local shop, and appreciate the natural splendor. There are some challenging walks up into some of the smaller gorges west and east of the Oued Dadès, some of which lead up to nomad pastures. There’s a good trail heading northwest, which begins just across the river from the cluster of hotels at 28km from Boumalne du Dades.
Almost all the hotels in the gorge and in Boumalne du Dadès can put you in touch with hiking guides (around Dh100 per day) and many offer 4WD trips to the Todra Gorge. You can also hire bicycles (Dh70 per day).
Marked by balancing rocks at its entrance, the small town of El-Kelaâ (or Qalaa’t) M’Gouna makes its way to the list of the top best places to visit in Morocco. Is a famous rose-water production center that celebrates its harvest in May with a colorful rose festival, where rose petals rain down on dancers. There are banks, restaurants and, of course, rose-water shops along the main road through town; you can also visit one of the rose-water factories. Market day is Wednesday.
A cooperative here produces traditional daggers. You can buy them at a much lower price than through merchants in larger cities. If you ask around in the small town, someone will point you in the right direction.
If you have decent transport, a 40km meander through the Vallée des Roses makes a pleasant loop north of El-Kelaâ M’Gouna. In spring the entire area is awash with pink Persian roses and it’s a stunning area for walking.
MERZOUGA & THE DUNES
About 53km South-East of Erfoud is the small village of Merzouga and nearby the famous Erg Chebbi. Out of all the best places to visit in Morocco, this one is so beautiful that it will take your breath away!
Morocco’s only natural desert erg, one of those huge, drifting expanses of sand dunes up to 160 m “la grande dune” that typify much of the Algerian Sahara.
It’s a wonderful panorama, which merits much more than just a sunset, and sunrise view. The dunes themselves are fascinating, changing color from gold to red to pink at different times of the day. It is a great place to enjoy the immense, purify desert sky. The 1990s horror action film The Mummy was filmed here.
In Merzouga, you can practice amazing attractions like Sahara ATV Quad Adventure, camel trek to watch sunrise and sunset and spend the night in Nomad tent, Visit The Village of The Blacks “Khamlia Gnaoua”, Visit Dayet Srji salt lake.
The Hassan II Mosque
This is surely among the best places to visit in Morocco. The Hassan II Mosque located in Casablanca, built partly on the sea it is only the 7th largest mosque in the world and largest one in Africa, with a 210m tall minaret. The Hassan II Mosque is open to non-Muslims for visit. It has been built to allow for up to 105,000 worshippers, 25,000 inside, the rest on the outside courtyards. The mosque took six years to build from1986 to 1993, funded by King Hassan II to honor the death of his father, King Mohammed V. There’s also a small museum, library, and Koranic school.
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