Once the seat of ancient empires and the crossroads of foreign legions, Morocco is one of those countries where visitors seem to get the feeling that they're experiencing life at its best— rich history, exquisite culture, and a vibrant, modern pace of life seldom seen elsewhere. For starters, Casablanca is the famed North African city of beauty, resorts, the 'quiet Apple' of the Mediterranean. If you prefer a deeper shade of richness, Marrakech and Fez offer that touch of unique Moroccan culture seldom seen elsewhere in the country. Ancient fortified cities, attractive souqs or bazaars, a bustling air of local life, and the air filled with all the aromas of the fabulous Moroccan cuisine…these are some of the splendid attractions awaiting visitors.
Named by CNN as one of the "Top Travel Destinations of 2013", Rabat is Morocco's capital and political powerhouse. Visit the Hassan Tower, the impressive Mausoleum of Mohammed V, or its famed Kasbah of the Udayas for a timeless experience. The city boasts hundreds of hotels, banks, and all that can accompany a modern city hungry for tourists: restaurants, cafes, and endless bazaars.
Besides being the city where Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman entrenched their glamorous, wartime affair, Casablanca, or 'white house' in Spanish, is Morocco's largest city and one of the largest ports and financial metropolises on the African continent. Packed with endless hotels, shops, squares, museums, cafes, and banks, Casablanca is the must-see city of North Africa.
A cultural fortress surrounded by traditional souqs and architectural relics from the past, Marrakech offers visitors a classic taste of Moroccan and Berber cultures, with their street vendors, exquisite restaurants, and local warmth. The city is extremely popular with tourists who crowd the streets searching for adventure and liveliness.
Called the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa," Fez is home to what is believed to be the world's oldest, continuously functioning university, the University of Al Quaraouiyine. As it is itself an architectural and historically significant city, Fez is also the world's largest pedestrian urban zones, allowing locals and visitors alike the opportunity to admire its historical beauty at leisure.
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Be enchanted with the Blue Village of Chefchaouen.
Painted in a palette of mesmerizing blue hues, Chefchaouen's antiquated medina (old quarter) offers a thousand photoshoots and the Souks' border with unrevealed gems. Definitely, it is beautiful, serene, and satisfying to explore.
Try the Moroccan food.
No trip to Morocco is complete without relaxing in beautiful cities, catching photos of colorful doorways, treasure hunting in the souks, or sampling the delightful Moroccan cuisine! Rich, exotic flavors of olives, lemon, and saffron melt in your mouth and will have you stroking your plate. Morocco's culture has been affected over time by its Jewish, Berber, Arabic, and Mediterranean inhabitants. This has not only left its mark on the country's languages, traditions, and architecture, but it's also displayed in the diversity of food served in its streets, restaurants, and family homes.
Relish Morocco's Beautiful Waterfalls
While many people associate Morocco with intense, barren mountains and deserts, there are also several spectacular waterfalls to experience. Ouzoud Waterfalls are among the most popular. The falls can be visited on a day trip from Marrakesh. Paradise Valley, close to Agadir, has some sparkling falls. Take a dip in the pools and lie back on the smooth rocks to soak up some sun and dry off. Oum Rabia Waterfall, in Khenifra, sees comparatively few visitors, and the multi-level waterfalls of Setti Fatma in the Ourika Valley offer great views. The Cascades of Akchour, near Chefchaouen, is a beautiful scene.
Don't miss the Sahara Desert.
The Sahara Desert is a natural wonder of endless plains and sun-baked dunes that dominates the south and east of Morocco. The world's largest hot desert has 9 million square kilometers over several countries. The desert can be explored from several places in Morocco. Camel trekking, camping, and photography are among the area's top activities.
Relish the Long Coastlines
Morocco's coastline escapes along both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, meaning it has a massive collection of beaches that are just craving to be visited. Agadir, the country's leading resort town, attracts many Europeans for a simple summer sun-and-sand break. It is a well-priced, family-friendly beach. Other famous beaches are found around Tangier and Tetouan. Essaouira, Safi, and Taghazout are top spots for surfing. Oualidia and El Jadida spring into life with holiday-making Moroccans in the summer month.
Be inspired by the Moroccan Arts.
There are many beautiful visual arts to admire around Morocco. The splendid architecture showcases gorgeous designs throughout the country and features ornamental touches added with virtuoso artisans' skill. You'll notice exquisite wooden carvings, plasterwork, colorful tilework, and more. Many museums and galleries around the country are dedicated to the arts, with paintings, sculptures, and photography among the various pieces you'll find on display. A walk around the nation's many souks will typically impact you by its artisans skillfully working on hand-crafted items.